May 18, 2019
History Museum

The three youngest and I went to the History Museum as soon as we got tired of watching kata on Nationals Saturday (read: the kids were being menaces and Mommy got tired of wrangling them).


Daddy and Elizabeth joined us for lunch after her division ended. We spent some time playing in the children's museum and then I talked Elizabeth and Matthew into going to see an IMAX film, where we had the entire theatre to ourselves. Amelia didn't want to go so she and Daddy stayed in the children's museum to play and I took the other three to see a film about backyard wildlife in french. Matthew was captivated by the 3D parts although he said he needed to shut his eyes a few times when it got too intense. Michael even left the glasses on for the first five minutes but after that he got tired of watching and mostly nursed. I was hoping for a nap but no such luck! The film was okay, but not worth a special trip.


There is currently a special exhibit on Neanderthals, so they had a sand pit set up to brush sand away from "bones" and some woolly mammoth stuffies to pose with. Elizabeth was a big fan, as you might imagine.


Soon it was time for Elizabeth to go back (or so we thought). The other kids and I went to check out Neanderthals, which was kind of interesting but a bit above their heads. Matthew liked the skulls though (Amelia thought they were too scary) and they all enjoyed looking at the various weapons. There was quite a lot of material comparing what we know about Neanderthals now versus what made its way into popular culture and what misinterpretations scientists of the past made in part because of false assumptions. I would have liked to spend more time reading but walking through with very small children isn't super conducive to getting to linger over museum panels.


Back to the children's museum for a bit to ride on the camel, but by this time the museum was starting to lose its appeal. I tried to talk them into seeing the other IMAX movie but they were having none of it. So we went and played outside for a while until the museum closed. At that point everyone was tired and hungry so we headed back to the tournament for slushies and some supper. The slushies were very popular!



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