Home      About us      Links      Photos with Teddy  

I've been on the Ottawa Library's waiting list for a free pass to the museum of Civilization since January 2nd of this year.  There are still a couple of thousand "holds" in front of me!


Therefore, we were surprised but pleased when Uncle Dave and Auntie Karen managed to bypass the list last weekend.  They were nice enough to lend us the pass (don't worry - I've returned it!) and Elizabeth, Erika and I went to the museum on Wednesday.  Maria had a bad cold so she had to stay home with her Mommy.


The museum is a three-in-one museum (The Museum of Civilization, The Canadian Children's Museum and the Canadian Postal Museum), and I was vaguely hoping that we could knock all three off of my list.  Erika nearly decided to go to the Postal Museum first but then changed her mind and we started with the Children's museum instead.


It quickly became clear that we were not going to visit the other two museums.  In fact, we didn't even see everything in the Children's Museum in the three hours we were there, despite my frequent exhortations to "move to the next exhibit now girls!"  They probably could have spent the whole time in the "house under construction" exhibit alone.  They 'painted', arranged floor tile, laid brick and shingled a roof.  They could have tried their hand at some plumbing too, but Erika thought that looked too hard.


Although I've been to the Museum of Civilization many times, I've never actually seen the Children's part before.  Essentially, it's a giant dramatic play house, featuring lots of actual vehicles to drive, little houses to visit, and activities from all around the world to try.  Elizabeth and Erika dressed up as "princesses" and twirled around in the theatre, wrote postcards, sniffed the spice barrels and made sushi in the sushi bar.  When we got to the dutch cheese shop, Erika decided it was time to eat.  "I'll cook, and you pretend to be the baby", she told Elizabeth.  "That way, it won't matter if you don't play with me properly." 


They made their own stamps out of a foam block in the art studio.  Then we went to the library and read "Red is Best" and played with their fake money and cash register.  Erika entertained me with a hilarious puppet show.  Essentially various animals came along and attacked Mr. Shark.  "I'm going to eat you Mr. Shark!", said the whale.  So the whale tried.  "No", said Mr. Shark.  "I have big teeth and I'm going to eat YOU!"  So he did.  Puppets went flying and only the skeleton (Erika's hand) was left.  Elizabeth wanted to keep opening the curtains so after only two shows I decided it was time to move on.


We had our snack outside above the Japanese Zen Garden.  "Windy!" said Elizabeth.  "Let's run!" said Erika.  So they went running around and around.  We probably could have spent the entire time outside, too.


I don't know whether our experience was typical, but the museum was very quiet and almost empty.  In fact, aside from the Studio we didn't even see the staff much - the girls and I were often entirely on our own.  It's obvious that the exhibits are aimed more at Erika's age than Elizabeth's.  I had to ask the staff to give Elizabeth a passport of her own and to stamp her hand, because Elizabeth really wants to do everything that Erika does.  But then of course Elizabeth was a bit freaked by the stamp.  She kept telling me that her hand was "broken" (maybe she thought it looked bruised?).  The stamping stations were just a smidgen too tall for Elizabeth to be able to operate on her own.  The costumes in the theatre were either too long or too heavy.  But Elizabeth just tripped her way up onto stage, so in the end it didn't matter much.  Both girls played very very hard.


We were pretty surprised when 5 o'clock came and the Museum announced it was closing.  I had to promise that we'd go back soon.

On October 31, 2010 at 09:26 pm
Yukiko said:
Thank you very much for bringing Erika to the museum! She did have so much fun there and it was also very good for Maria... she could have a good rest! We should definitely go there together soon. In fact, I do love to go there too! :)
On November 4, 2010 at 12:04 pm
Grandma H. said:
Sounds hilarious; wish i could have been a fly on the wall. Great pix of Queen Erika with her princess, Doggie Elizabeth, the puppet story, and imitating parental renovations.

Leave a comment:
E-mail * This is not displayed online!
Please enter the text you see in the picture:
Please identify the text in this image


 Previous Posts /  Following Posts

Recent posts:
*First outings: Music, library, karate
*5th Birthday Party
*Rachel and Andrew
*Family Day
*1000 kicks and a party

February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
May 2008
Start at the beginning

Powered by Phibian Technologies Inc. Content Layout Engine  
Copyright © 2018