Sunday, November 4, 2012

a little visit to the science museum

Okay, now this one was a very long time ago.  As in around 3 months.  Yes, that is 1/4 of a year ago.  It was one of several that I was going to get the kids to blog about but it just never happened.  My typical lack of follow through.  There are some others still remaining from the summer, but I think I'll just let those ones die a slow death.

Quito has a lovely Children's Museum.  It really is quite nice.  In fact, I would love to go back there some day - both to take the kids, but also to take some photos.  They have this darkly lit areas with many, many looms.  Yes, as in weaving.  With the dim lighting and the few spots here and there, one could take some great photos.  Another day, however.

We went with the Jensens who had their cousins visiting.  The ten of us hopped on the trolley had headed out on our adventure.  The most adventurous part of said adventure was the trolley ride itself.  I have never taken the kids on the trolley before as I have been much too paranoid.  Ever time I have been on it, it has been crazy crowded and doesn't feel very safe (and in fact, most people say it isn't).  We did it, however, and did experience the crowded factor.  Nothing bad happened, praise the Lord, other than just being pushed and prodded.  Cade found a comfy spot on the floor and hung out there most of the time.  Every once in a while he would try to stand up much to the astonishment and entertainment of the people around us.  They quite enjoyed seeing this little blond boy pop up beside me when they had no clue anyone else was there!

The museum itself is really well done.  It has all sorts of interactive lessons in science.

One of the coolest things, I thought, was a huge to-scale map of the city.  The map was probably at least 60 feet long, in this one dark room.  You could select areas that you wanted to see and it would shine lights on what you wanted to see.  This, for example, is the Basilica.

They also have a section for younger children to enjoy.  Lucy was the only one who wanted to visit here, so she and I hung out.  Well, she, I and a bunch of very mangy, awful looking taxidermied animals.  I still can't believe I let her touch these things.

It appears that she has a little of Eric's (ha ha ha) dramatic streak in her!
We finally joined up with the rest of the group.  They were in the human body science section.  We found them by hearing Maddy and Mikala cracking up to something.....  they did make several attempts to explain to me what they were dying over.
I still have no idea what was so funny.

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