April 10, 2010
More museums

Last time we went to the Agriculture museum we bought a family pass that also lets us into the Museum of Science and Tech and the Aviation museum.  So Elizabeth and I went to the Museum of Science and Tech on Friday and the Aviation museum today.


Elizabeth got to play with Auntie Janice at the Aviation museum.  They might have had a little too much fun; at one point they set off an alarm because they got a little too close to one of the planes!  The main thing I learned at the museum this time is that the floor is much cleaner at the Aviation museum than the Science and Tech museum. Okay, so I also found out that the first airplane steered with your shoulder blades, but I bet most moms of nearly-toddlers would be more interested in my rating of the cleaning staff...


I didn't take any pictures of the Science and Tech museum this time (left the camera at home!), but Elizabeth spent a lot of time crawling while pushing her stroller.  She also enjoyed the flashing lights in the networking exhibit so we spent a lot of time pretending to be network packets again while she poked at the "fiber optic" cable. She sent a telegraph, talked on the phone, was confused by the rotary dial phone and tried to send Grandma and Grandpa H a photo by email.  I don't know whether it arrived.  We also spent a lot of time playing with the fake plastic food in the play kitchen by the food exhibit and throwing braille blocks on the floor.  We learned that you can make a sound like a weird laughing dog if you pull on a wet shoelace attached to a soup can. 


I'm realizing that if I go to a museum with Elizabeth on my own I'm going to see a lot of carpet and not a lot else.  Surprisingly, this is okay.

On April 13, 2010 at 12:12 pm
Marie said:
I hear ya'. Jack and I don't really see a lot of exhibits when we go to our local science museum. He likes to run around. I just tell myself that it's good to get him used to getting out to the museum environment and to associate museums with fun. :)
On April 13, 2010 at 01:56 pm
Grandpa H said:
Sorry, but we didn't get the Emailed photo. However I can assure you that steering airplanes with your shoulder blades is far more interesting than the state of the floors! Furthermore, floors around airplanes are always clean, demonstrating that they hold status above all other vehicles. With the possible exception of space vehicles around which the floors are even cleaner!
On April 13, 2010 at 05:44 pm
Auntie Janice said:
Always clean? Except for the motor oil that leaks out into our conveniently placed kitty litter boxes... But our cleaning staff do a really good job of keeping the museum carpets clean, for which I am grateful since I often sit on them with younger groups...

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