Monday, August 27, 2007

Trip to the natural history museum

Yesterday we took the kids to the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. The kids had a blast.

Of the animals on display, Thea especially loved the giraffe.

I managed to get Liam to stand still long enough for a photo here, appropriate since our last name means "bear." (I realize this tidbit is interesting to no one but me, and possibly to Thea, who has recurring nightmares about bears kidnapping the family dog.)

There was also a display of video screens under the floor that showed ants and other subterranean critters scurrying about. Other kids stepped onto them tentatively, but Liam loved running back and forth over them.

Thea's favorite part of the museum was the education room, where you could play with clothes and instruments from other parts of the world and examine bugs under microscopes. She wanted to take this dress home:

Liam's favorite thing by far was the steps and banisters throughout the museum. So much to see and do, and the kids spent an inordinate amount of time acting like they were at a jungle gym. If we were at any other museum, I would have been horrified. But the atmosphere at the NMNH on a Sunday afternoon was loud and boisterous, and not entirely unlike Chuck E. Cheese.


Nonna Madonna said...

I remember trips to the museum with my parents. (Okay, insert jokes about seeing and being a dinosaur here). Unfortunately they had few answers for my many questions which tended to blunt the experience, but otherwise, a day of wonder and puzzlement. Keeping your child's natural curiosity alive and functioning is an important challenge; looks like you're onto solutions. Good mom!

John said...

I've come to the conclusion, based on your blog's subject matter, that I have a rather boring life. Maybe next time I visit you can take me to the Natural History Museum.

Monica said...

Next time you plan a trip let me know and I can give you guys a special tour. :)

Looks like you all had a blast.

Kelly O said...

It's true, we're really lucky to live in an area with so many wonderful museums. Wonderful FREE museums.

Monica, you're on!

A N D R E A said...

museums are so much more fun than when we were kids.

Even after working in museums for years and still working for a museum... my mom still reminds me of the time at NMNH (when I was super small) that I dragged myself through the long hallways, on a slow walk, shoulders slumped, finally to a halt and threw myself on the floor and pretended to be dead.

Kelly O said...

HA HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Hoo.... I still feel that way.