It was pouring rain when we left our house but it had just about stopped by the time we arrived so we were able to walk around and check out some of the outdoor exhibits before going inside. The kids were thrilled to find the otters sound asleep, thrilled to find the bubble center set up just outside the entrance, and very excited to find a new Koala maze set up outside too. Alec took a long time to go through the maze since he stopped to read every single sign (like I knew he would!).
|the maze entrance|
|surrounded by a giant bubble|
We skipped the first few floors and headed right to the Alice in Wonderland exhibit. The kids climbed through the rabbit hole and we eagerly checked out all the optical illusions and fun hands- on learning opportunities. We observed the density of various liquids by watching air bubbles rise through water, oil and syrup. We got to smell a variety of different teas; the boys didn't find all that many that they'd be willing to try. Using an interactive globe the boys were able to see where they would end up if they dug a hole through the Earth from various starting points. They made silly sentences using a sentence builder and played with a spinning top where the pictures appeared to move and change. We then looked in all the door peepholes and keyholes of the shrinking hallway and saw a variety of different things-- our own eyes staring back at us, the Chesire cat, the weather outside, and many more. We played with lights and mirrors and watched the Chesire cat disappear. We played golf with the queen and experimented with trajectory, friction, angles and shapes. It was a fabulous display and the boys didn't find it "too girly" or "too babyish" like I had feared.
|Bubbles and liquid density|
|Sentence builder-- fun with words!|
|Spinning top-- optical illusions.|
|Shrinking hall of doorways|
|Golf with the queen! Experimenting with shapes, friction and angles|
Alec spins the carpeted circle, creating friction for Ian's ball
Light and mirror illusion makes the Chesire cat disappear!
|perpetual motion machine|
|The turtles swam right up to us!|
|A new salamander (we think-- the sign was missing so we weren't sure)|
|The tree was struck by lightening years ago and you can see where the sap |
bubbled and boiled and the bark striped right off of it!
|the foxes were so close today|
|Nature observations abound on the walking trails--|
"why is the water soapy?"
|Playing with musical instruments|
|Saying good-bye-- our last stop is always the otters!|