Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.~ John Dewey

After a great report at the dentist office, Jacob and I took advantage of being in Fort Worth and of our new science museum membership.  Lots of kindergarten classes had the same idea for the day, but we made the best of it. 
There was a new exhibit called Grossology. It's about the gross things (though important) about our bodies- like burping, farting, barfing, boogers, body odor, etc.  Lots of activities and fun things to do, including shooting ping pong balls into a nose.  However, Jacob's favorite thing was the "playground".  The kids all seemed oblivious to what they were sliding on- the path of food from the mouth all the way through and out. 

So many areas to explore- building with all kinds of materials, playing music on all sorts of household items, craft projects... One neat area is about cows and ranching kind of things.  Jacob remembered a really cool activity where they can ride a horse and herd cattle on a tv screen.  Since there was half a class waiting in line, we moved on.  Next time, though, we'll check it out.

In the kids area, his favorite part was the outdoor water play.  We found a rare moment when there weren't other kids around, so he actually got to play.  The busy table- the water guns- took a little bit of patience waiting for a spot to open up.

I think the dinosaur dig is one of the best and favorite things at the museum.  It was already pretty warm outside, but Jacob was happy to play for a while.  Once a whole class came outside, he readily agreed to move onto some other activity.

With the membership, we also get entrance into the Cowgirl Museum (right next door).  We popped over since we had a little time before we had to pick up Beth at school.  Ah, it was so calm and quiet.  The kid corral was full of things to try out, then we went through the rest of the exhibits at 4 year old speed.  I'm hoping to actually see the stuff next time.

It was a nice day, just me and Jacob.  We will certainly enjoy many visits to the museum and plan to include Beth and Kevin next time.  Jacob wants them to see the Grossology exhibit.  I'm really looking forward to the Titanic exhibit coming soon!