Saturday, March 30, 2013

A tale of two children's museums

While in Indiana, we got to visit not one but TWO children's museums.  One was a science museum while the other was a children's museum, though they were both for kids.  The first one was in Bloomington and was the science museum.  While smaller than the one in Charlotte, it was still pretty cool, and Sophia definitely enjoyed exploring.  There was a water table in this one too, but it didn't have the nifty seats that were in the Charlotte museum, so Sophia didn't get to play, as I didn't feel like dealing with a soaking baby.  The upstairs of this one also had things for older kiddos, and there was quite possibly the coolest climbing structure ever going from one floor to another; I think it was called the caterpillar climb or something.  Basically, carpet covered leaves enclosed in netting that you climbed up.  I was highly tempted to put Sophia in it just so I could "chaperone" her.  Because she wanted to climb it.  Yeah.  But, not this time.  Maybe next year, when it would be more believable that it was her that wanted to climb.  

There were trucks!

And blocks!

Blocks are great!

A climbing "wall."  More like slope, really, but she still loved it.

And steps to go up and down and up and down and up and down get the idea.

And more steps in a row

And giant stuffed dogs who didn't care if you grabbed their nose and poked their eyes.

Hi mom! 

A cool "cave" with a drumset that plays nature sounds

And tasty drumsticks

We went to the children's museum with bonus sister and brother on Sunday.  This one was in Indianapolis, and was more of a "museum": more to see, less to do.  There were manipulatives and a cool gecko exhibit, but I was underwhelmed with this one, must say.  It would probably be better for 7-8 year olds, but not much else.  Which is sad.  That being said, we still had a lot of fun!

Hey, bonus aunt....hey.....hey...

Lemme help you with that talking box thing, 'kay?

Bonus sister preserving her modesty.  

And playing in the kid toys.  Doesn't it look like fun Sophia? 

Hmmm, you know what?  That does look fun! 

Hi bonus aunt!

There was a special gecko exhibit with bunches and bunches of different geckos and information about their feet and habitats and such.

Climbing structure to test out gecko grips.  And/or baby climbing stills. 

Checking out the gecko grippers. 

Bonus aunt showing how things work.

Come on mom, let's go! 

I got places to go and geckos to see!

There was also the world most coolest clock ever!!  Colored water ran through it, gathering in containers for minutes and others for hours.  A pendulum in the middle ticked off seconds, and helped move the water along.

The whole thing.  Hours are on the left, minutes to the right.

Closer in: you can see the minute marking (right hand side: 10, 20, 30, and 40).  You can't see the hour markings in this picture, but they're there, I promise. 

The other special exhibit was superheros.  While Jordan and bonus brother geeked out here, Sophia wasn't quite yet capable of geeking out.  But, she will learn the ways of live-long-and-prosper, quiddich, nocturnal echolocating flying mammal man, kryptonite, and midiclorions.  

Hark!  I sense someone in need!

Not now mom, I'm saving the world

Cutest superhero ever!

A superhero who bonked her head still needs daddy cuddles

Super family!


Final verdict: the science museum in Charlotte still takes the cake for the best museum we've visited, hands down.  But, these two were pretty nifty, with the science museum being better for her at this age.  When she is able to appreciate exhibits, a return visit to the children's museum will be in order.

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