Monday, July 16, 2007

Edventure Children's Museum

Today the girls & I went to the children's museum where they had a really good time. I had been wanting to go for awhile and since their tummies seemed to be feeling better I decided today was the day! Towards the end of the day, the virus showed that it has yet to go away completely but I feel confident (& hopeful!) that it will be gone soon.

They had fun playing with all the things the museum has to offer. I'll put some captions with the pictures and let them tell most of the story. It was a fun day!
You can see Gracie up near the top in the pink shirt. Katie wanted to go, but I was too scared to let her. I did let her go up to where the slide was and come down. She enjoyed that and seemed satisfied!

This is always a favorite area for the kids. Playing with water and getting soaked with regular clothes on. What's more fun than that?!!? We did this right before we left.
Katie trying to make bubbles.
The girls role playing as anchorwomen, along with a little boy who jumped in. See the guy in the white behind them at the weather map? I think that's the one I had to have a little "chat" with. They have these big weather symbols that you can move around and Gracie & Katie were playing with them. I saw Gracie move the tornado and the boy reached down and moved it back. I thought, "hmmm, I'll have to keep an eye on this." Gracie moved away as if she just didn't want to play with it anymore. I encouraged her to keep playing and said kind of loudly that it was okay for her to play with it too. She again moved the tornado to a different place. It's not like she took it away from the kid. There were lots of symbols on the map....she was just trying to play. He reached down and moved it again and said, "DON'T!" really loud to her. Excuse me?!?!! For one thing, she's a petite little not quite 7 year old and he's probably 12! For another thing, I don't care how old he is. He doesn't need to talk to my baby like that! I stepped in and told him that she deserved to have a turn just as much as he did and I think I may have said something about how he shouldn't talk to her like that. I definitely had the "Mrs. Shanks-teacher" voice! I looked around a little sheepishly for a mother who was about to jump down my throat for getting on to her son but saw no one who seemed to be with him. A few minutes later this man poked his head in and said something about how he could stay there but he was going to be in another section with another child. BTW, the kid gave me not a very nice look when I reprimanded him. We try to get Gracie to be more aggressive...not in a mean way but just in a "stick up for herself" kind of way. I told her that she didn't need to let people talk to her that way and she should just say that she could play with it too. Ever see "7th Heaven" and watch the way 'Ruthie' was??? I loved the spunk that character had. She didn't take nothin' from nobody while usually not being too mean about it. Anyway, I felt the need to stick up for my baby and I did!
One of the special exhibits was on West Africa. They had lots of neat things there.
Here are the girls "riding" on a camel.
Here they're in a boat "fishing." They had nets in the boat you could use to "fish."
I liked this one. I think it was supposed to be a suspension bridge that was built high up in the trees.
If you look at the television screen, you can see the girls dancing & playing along with natives. If you look at the picture below, you see the reality of it. Dancing in front of the green wall makes it look they're in the t.v. Pretty cool!

Gracie rock climbing.
Gracie listening to the notes.
Gracie the librarian.
Gracie the dentist. I'm not sure if Katie will make it through dentistry school since she's using the tool in his hair! Just to reminisce a little, here is a picture of Gracie from September 2004 doing the same thing. How she's grown!
Posing during craft time. When Katie does that with her hands, apparently she's pretending they're "beanoculars." (spelled the way she says it!)
The funny thing about Gracie holding her hand out to Katie is that Gracie was too scared to walk across this thing. It is very high up off the ground. She took another route to get to the other side.
However, since Katie did it, Gracie decided she could try it coming back over!
I love looking at Katie in the mirror here!
Katie could barely walk in the fireman shoes.

my little farm girls
She now has experience for her resume when she applies to work at Kroger one day!

Gracie from Sept. '04. Another throwback in time.


Alissa said...

looks like you had a really fun time...we love it there. My children will have nothing to do with Eddie. You should be pleased that they will go near him, to see my children, you would think he was a monster.

Erica said...

I am so sorry that you have had the shingles and stomach issues going on around your house. I will be praying that you all stay well for a long while:)

Looks like the girls had a lot of fun at the museum. What a cool place!! My girls would have had a blast with the water and the bubbles. Hopefully the rest of your summer will be full of wonderful memories and no sickness:)

MDM said...

Now that is a cool place!!!! The girls look precious and I can tell they were probably ready to run free after being under the weather.

jettybetty said...

That looks like an incredible place--do you live really close to it?

Jacinda said...

JB-no, we're a little more than an hour from it. Not too bad for once-in-awhile day trips.

BrenOaks said...

I am very green eyed looking at that museum! That looks like SOO much fun for kids!! What great memories!

Lisa said...

That place looks SUPER neat! How fun!!!