Saturday, November 05, 2011

snake day.








Snake Day is looked forward to year after year in this house. The boys ask how many more days until Snake Day, and count them down for the last few months. We leave early so we can be there the minute it opens, before the crowd. We spend hours circling around again and again.

While G loves visiting the snakes, he then likes to wander the museum. A, on the other hand, wants to stay in the room with the snakes (and turtles, alligators, lizards, etc.) all day. He doesn't want to leave. Or visit other parts of the museum. This year his recent intense phobia of the dark means he could only go in the bright areas of the museum - which is about 10% of it. He tried, but ended up covering his ears, looking down, and refusing to step deep into the dark hallways full of the exhibits. So we visited a few things (butterflies!), but spent hour upon hour with the snakes! A loves their calm quiet, G likes their silky feel.


So we begin the countdown to the next Snake Day. 364 days to go!

8 comments:

ladybug-zen said...

it's the same here. j has been asking about snake day for the past 6 months! ours is coming up next month. so what snakes did you have at your snake day? i spotted a couple of pythons, i think, and a milk snake, but what were the others?

Stephanie said...

Yay!!! They look sooo happy! :) Love that.

We didn't catch any snakes this summer, so we are overdue for some snake love.... good thing we have our frogs, though certainly not the same! Our new natural history museum opens up in two weeks (counting down!!!) so maybe soon they'll have some new friends for us to meet on special display, soon.
We can hope!

Tara said...

Blogger spit my first comment out.

The looks on the boys faces says it all - great day!!!

MamaTea said...

Ooh, snake day. Now who wouldn't love that? The boys look entirely happy. :)

Jessica said...

Wow! You guys are lucky. Every zoo or museum around here refuses to let you hold anything--I have dozens of pictures of Benjamin "touching" a snake or a baby alligator while some zoo employee holds it and 137 other kids are breathing down his neck for their chance!

Awesome museum--awesome boys!! :)

denise said...

Jessica - It is pretty cool. It is a once a year event, and the animals are brought in primarily by the Chicago Herpetological Society...they host a lot of fantastic reptile education events around the midwest. They focus on hands on. It is a great program!

Mandy said...

Wow! Those snakes are beautiful! Love the red/blk striped one. I'd be super nervous to touch that alligator though!!!

Francesca said...

my second born was intensely scared of the dark, and I wish I could remember how we handled that, because my youngest has just developed the same phobia!