Sunday, November 07, 2010

s.s.snakes!


There are a few events we go to every year that are highly anticipated. Snake Day at the Milwaukee Public Museum is one of those big gotta go events. So, when the night before Snake Day the transmission suddenly starts slipping on the car, we knew we had to jump through hoops to figure out the logistics to get ourselves a rental in time to be at the museum - over 70 miles away - first thing the next morning.


And we did it! We were not there at the moment they opened, but we made it within an hour of opening, with all day to hang out. Snake Day for A is no small matter. He doesn't want to walk through and then is done. He must stay. All day. Touch all of the reptiles. Hold them. Talk to the herpetologists. Repeat.


Both boys love feeling the snakes. Some are smooth, some bumpy, all beautiful. In the sunshine the black rat snake (above) has an iridescent sheen. A even got a few kisses on his cheek by the tongue of that curious snake. He was in heaven. Ear to ear smile.


We wandered and visited the room filled with frogs, crocodiles, snakes, turtles and lizards. A spent hours with the snakes, while G visited for awhile, and then wandered the rest of the (not so busy) museum with me.


It is so interesting to see that the natural feelings almost all children have towards snakes is not fear - but awe. Every child wanted to reach out and touch. And the snakes are so fascinating to watch...and feel.


So as the boys look forward to the next Snake Day - we return the rental car and cross our fingers that the shop will tell us tomorrow that the transmission is under warranty. ;) Hope you had a great weekend!


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10 comments:

Andrea said...

Sorry about the car, hope it is covered and fixed soon! That snake day is really cool, my boys would love something like that! Great pictures!

ladybug-zen said...

so cool! we have a snake day coming up this weekend as well at our local nature reserve. we went last year as well and it was really well done so we are looking forward to it again.

Abbie said...

Looks like a great event! Hope the car is okay and under warranty.

Merryweather said...

Crocodile! Brilliant photograph and man, they must have loved that...did they fight over who got to hold the head? That's what mine would have done, heh.

Tara said...

Glad you persevered and were able to get to this great event - the snake kisses tell it all!

Good luck with the transmission :)

Francesca said...

You're so right, kids really are in awe of snakes, but to be honest, that's the kind of experience that I always was only too glad to let my husband alone share with my kids:)

Stephanie said...

we're fascinated by them, too.
we have an expo or two, but i dunno about something like this that's so hands on. i've never seen one. i'll be on the lookout, though.

Chris said...

We went to Reptile Fest a few years ago, held in downtown Chicago, and it seemed similiar to this. We were even able to sit down next to a five foot crocodile and pet him. Your'e so right about kids and snakes. I'm terrified of them, but I did my best not to show it to the kids.

Woodspritemama said...

what brave little guys you have!

thewifeknits said...

I've finally been doing some catching up on my blogs. This is one of my favorite posts (I think I look forward to it as much as the boys!). Such a wonderful tradition, and its great you managed it in the face of what could have been a disaster!