Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Two Museums. Two Cities. Two Days.

EEK! Where has our Summer gone?

As much as my children collectively drive me crazy, I'm not ready for the end of our carefree Summer days. We still have stuff to do and cross off our bucket list!

We had planned all along to go to the Children's Museum of the Upstate in Greenville, SC since we had free passes plus it was a MOMS Club activity. However, we didn't plan on having to take Brian to the airport in Charlotte, NC last Monday. It made sense for us to visit Discovery Place since we were already in the area.

We took the kids once when Jaina was 5 and Jayce was 2. We really felt it was for older kids. And we were right. Jocelyn certainly had fun but a lot of the science stuff went over her head. Jaina and Jayce got a lot out of it, though!

There was a touch tank (in which I could not help but remember the scene from Finding Dory!) that Jayce enjoyed.



Speaking of Finding Dory... we found her.



The kids LOVED the rainforest.

Especially the "rickety old bridge".



We built shelters out of supplies. We thought we did a good job until we saw some other kids' structures a few hours later. They were impressive.

We built towers.

And rode a chair powered by air.

The current exhibit was on Rubik's Cubes. It was really fun.



They had a robot that would solve your cube for you. 



There was also a frog exhibit.


The kids laid on a bed of nails. 

Jocelyn claimed it hurt (it didn't) and scared another kid that was waiting in line behind her.

We watched a game of Rat Basketball and saw Opperant Conditioning at it's finest. 


When we got home, Jocelyn took her stuffed animal rat and started "training" it. It made this Psych degree momma proud!


We went back to the rainforest and saw this guy. He looks just like Grandpa's bird, Fuji.


I took Joce to the children's 7 and under room:






Then we watched a very, um, interesting time-lapse animated 3D movie on how watermelons grow. The photography was neat and it was interesting learning about watermelons, but none of us liked the characters in the story. Jaina and I could NOT stop laughing during the movie.

All in all, it was a good day :)

Our trip to the Greenville museum just happened to be scheduled for the next day.

Although we go there once a year, it's always fun and exciting to the kids. Jayce especially loves the paper airplane exhibit.


Jaina and Jocelyn played Bank Teller.



And of course we had to shop in the market.

And climb the wall. But Jocelyn refused to play with the veterinarian exhibit  again so I could take a picture. I guess I had picked a poor time to use the bathroom.


The wind tunnel is always fun:

As is racing cars:


While the big kids explored, Jocelyn and I went to the basement to play with the water table.


The video equipment wasn't working, but that didn't stop Viking Jayce from announcing the weather.


We loved the new outside playground!



After going back inside to rest and grab a soda at the cafe, the fire alarm went off. It wasn't a drill.




Since we only had to evacuate for about 15 minutes, I think we can all assume that the fire alarm went off accidentally.

The good news is that the place was almost empty when we went back inside. The new Gaming exhibit was fun!




I took Jocelyn to story and craft time.




We'll see you next year, Children's museum!

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