Monday, July 28, 2008

*A Day At The Museum*

On Saturday afternoon we wanted to go somewhere that was fun but also in a cool environment, lately it has been too hot to be outside for long periods of time. I had heard about a children's museum just down the street in kitchener from us. I wasn't exactly sure how much Breanna would get out of it, seeing as she is still only 14 months. But, figured that we would give it a try anyways. They have a dinosaur exhibit there right now, and also one to "discover the arctic" which I have really been taking an interest in with all the global warming issues surrounding the polar I was looking forward to that part mostly.

When we got there, we found out they actually had a ton of stuff for B's age group. On the main floor they had a stage set up for demonstrations and interactive shows for kids (that afternoon they were featuring mad science, and we skipped because i knew she wouldnt sit for the whole thing). They also had a giant screen for making shapes behind the light, blocks and cubes for the little ones to play with, fish tanks full of tropical fish, a seperate toddler section full of textures for the kids to learn from feeling.

The 2nd floor was called "The Urban Streetscape Project" and also an "express yourself" section. This had a bunch of historical spots around kitchener/waterloo and only the first phase was open, but we got some really fun pictures, including Breanna and I sitting infront of THE BEAT GOES ON (For those of you that know our family, you know that my brother bill actually works there) so it was fun. We then went to the other side where Breanna enjoyed every minute of it. THey had a water table, the pins we all loved to play with as kids (I stuck my tummy in and make a cast of the baby) and had a giant maze made of material for the kids to climb through.

3rd floor was "Discovery of the dinosaur" and this was cool. They had bones with information explaining where they were from and then usually followed a diagram. There were working models complete with sound that made you feel like you were back in time. B and me went on an "archelogical dig" in the sand (which was actually a huge box full of rice that had cut outs of dino tracks underneath) and she did not want to leave this station! We rode a life size dino, learned what its like to live in their environment and even heard some sounds.

The Final Floor was "discovering the Arctic" and I have to say I was a bit disappointed. They only had some boards set up with information and a few artifacts from inuit people. We did however get to see how much a polar bear weighs in comparison to us. Breanna wasn't even on the scale when she tried it out.

It was a great day, and they change the exhibits a couple times a year, so we will for sure be going back for more discovery!!

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