Tuesday, July 26, 2011
There are a few museums that we visit once or twice and the boys have it down and just are not interested in visiting again. And then there are a few museums that they find endlessly interesting no matter how many times we go. As they get older they read more of the displays, do more of the activities, and spend more time just digging into the details. The science museum in Milwaukee is like that for them - and they always want to go again every few months.
Although we have been many times they always find new things. A brand new exhibit - with a cool periodic table interactive display. Checking out new mine production maps for the globe (gold, diamonds, coal, oil, copper, etc....interesting!). Virtual welding.
This time they didn't just look at the fish but read all of the interactive screens about what the fish actually are called, where they live, and their ideal environment.
They hunted down every single hidden exhibit type of camera and made silly faces and (not surprisingly) wiggled booties at every one.
They stayed in the submarine lab area looking at equipment, exploring tanks and checking out the cameras.
They interacted with a diver in one of the fish tanks. And they visited the design lab to build a laser cut house and make a funky windsock.
Of course no trip is complete without the favorites too.
Lying on the floor in front of the huge aquarium glass. Touching rays and sturgeon.
Repeat turns on the bed of nails. Exploring the ship. Working levers and bevels. Seeing a worm farm.
Making music. Virtually flying and landing an airplane. Checking out engines and robots and hybrid cars and seeing if they could run fast enough on the giant wheel to pump water and light the light bulbs.
And hanging out by the lake for a few to watch people, boats, birds, and skyline.
It was so nice to have a normal family museum trip day after the past few hectic months. Just what we needed.