I really wanted to see the Indianapolis children's museum, but the entrance fees were pricey. I could not justify paying full price and I figured that my friend would not want to either. However, I knew that they had a free day for the public on the first Thursday of every month. They opened to the public after 4:00 p.m. and we decided to go. My first mistake was bringing in my stroller. I was worried about her blister and thought that a stroller might prevent further injury. It was so crowded that the stroller was really in the way. I tried carrying it on my shoulder, but it made a very wide load. Elda eventually helped me out by putting my stroller in hers. My greatest success was to bringing a bag of Keebler cookies with me. Yum. They were 90 calories a piece, but we could not stop eating them, especially since we had forgone dinner in lieu of seeing the museum.
The museum crowded, but very well done. The timing was perfect for Bee's current obsession with dinosaurs. The dinosaur exhibit was large and impressive. She was ecstatic. So happy! The girls were especially interested in all of the touch screen displays.
|Bee described how this dinosaur must be dead and she was observing the entire scene to hypothesize about what might have happened.|
My favorite exhibit was the blown glass. The exhibit was in the basement and the entire ceiling was a transparent glass case that was full of blown glass in a variety of colors, shapes, and designs. This photograph shows only a small fraction of the entire ceiling.
|The girls loved playing with these plastic globes and moved them from position to position on the "trees"|
|In the middle of the room there was a round, reclining sofa that rotated slowly. Bee even sat on it. She enjoyed it, but did not understand that the purpose was to sit back and look up at the ceiling as the sofa moved. The glass was so beautiful. I loved it. Above this glass ceiling was a 40 foot statue made out of blown glass. This statue is in the center of the ramp that connects all of the floors.|
|This must be Mr. Household Item Bug. Pretty creative idea, I thought.|
|This board wobbled and simulated snorkeling. In the big orange goggles there was a movie playing of fish and underwater life. I saw many a parent shake the board and startle their children while they were on it. No, I did not.|
|E. was smart and grabbed a bucket as soon as one was available.|
|Then we were off to the Lego exhibit, can you say crazy? There were people everywhere. It was too much for me.|
|While E. waited in line to get a picture in the race car made completely from Legos, Bee preferred racing cars down this ramp.|
In retrospect, this museum is definitely worth the money. There was so much to see and do and the exhibits were educational and kid friendly. Everything was designed to be convenient to parents and children. I loved it. It would be worth the money just to go when it was not so crowded.