Sunday, October 16, 2011

Museum of Ancient Life

In all of our visits to Thanksgiving point we’ve only visited the gardens and the farm, but today we went to the museum for the first time. We had so much fun. We met two other mom friends and their triplets to tour the exhibits. The first room was the Notion of Motion.

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I could have spent all day in this room! The boys loved it as well. It was a room of full of moving balls and hands on experiments. On this table the center circle spins rapidly causing the balls and weights you roll over it to spin off crazily or stall and spin with it. You’ll notice in some of the pictures the boys are carrying their new Mickey Mouse plushes. Cody got them each a Mickey, in their colors. They are replacing their beloved towels as a lovey, the boys have insisted on taking them downstairs in the morning, cry for them if they are not returned for naptime or bedtime. We’ve also let them take them in the car. They seem very content to have a pal to carry with them.
Anyway motion stuff. They had spinning discs that of course looked different when spinning versus stationary. I would have loved to read all of the explanations of the experiments, but I was too busy watching the boys.

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The small balls were supposed to spin around the edges of one display, exactly like the coin donation spinners, the boys just wanted to toss the balls to make a ‘basket.’

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The were really really into throwing the balls and retrieving them below.

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The spinning table was a big hit with everyone, I even managed to get all 9 kids in one shot.

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We played in the sand and water table set up, it is meant to let you simulate a flash flood that traps dinosaurs that later become fossils. It was really hard to get the boys to look at me they were having to much fun playing. The best part of this area is the area for shorter kids is in the center of an oval table and it only has one exit. Perfect for keeping the boys together.

We had a chance to help build a dinosaur. The boys mostly kept pulling the legs off while the older kids were trying to put them back on.

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At this point the kids were all getting to the just about done stage, so we set up for a group photo. It is so hard to wrangle 9 kids 4 and under for a picture. I had no chance of getting everyone to look at me, but they were all sort of sitting still.

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After the group shot there was just one more area to visit. The quarry, it is where kids get to use brushes to discover fossils. For the most part it just meant playing in the sand.

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The boys had a lot of fun and were so tired when we left. I had to ply them with fruit snacks and chocolate milk to keep them awake on the drive home. If they fall asleep in the car for even a minute it means skipping naptime. So I do everything I can do to keep them awake.
We’ll be going back, especially as the weather gets colder and we are less able to play outside. I want to take Cody with us next time so we can spend more time playing with all of the motion displays.

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