Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Day at the Museum

Jax and I were lucky enough to be invited to the local children/science museum, the Montshire, by a mommy and baby we know from yoga. She has a free pass so we got to check it out free of charge. Our friends Katharine and Harper came, too, and I am happy to report we had a great time!! Considering that Jax can't even crawl, I wasn't sure if there would be enough for him to do, but we spent two and a half hours there and had a lot of fun. I can definitely see us getting a year pass and making it a monthly trip, especially on a rainy (or snowy) day. Besides the museum, there are trails to hike through the woods and along the Connecticut River, and picnic spots to enjoy lunch on a sunny day.

My favorite part was the tanks of turtles and fish. The turtles were adorable and Jax really noticed the fish. I know in your head you're thinking, Yeah, Becky, your kid's a genius for noticing a fish, but there was so much going on, several school field trips, and a lot of noise so he was pretty easily distracted. But the bubbles and fish held his attention longer than most, and I pretty much forced him to check out the turtles because I wanted to stay there all day!

 
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Sorry for the shoddy filming...it was hard to aim, hold him and the camera without letting him steal it!

There were several other great exhibits, like a huge ant colony--part fascinating and part gross, a place to make bubbles of all different shapes and sizes, an exhibit on what are clouds, plus lots of other science-y things. I actually learned a thing or two!

Blowing bubbles...Jax didn't really notice, even though the bubble water was dripping down my arm

In front of the exhibit on clouds

Also, there was a section for kids under five with age-appropriate exhibits and games for the babies and toddlers. If you have a young child, this place was great--feel free to come visit--we can go together! Jax was mesmerized by this rolling ball exhibit. He could have sat here for hours...

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All in all, I feel good about having another fun and pretty educational way to spend a day up here. I'm sure we'll be heading back there soon!

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