This is such a cool presentation by A&M - the kids loved it! The professor in charge did all sorts of chemistry circus types of experiments, even melting a whole in metal, exploding balloons filled with gas, and creating fire tornadoes! The rainbow fire was a favorite.
While the boys headed out for pizza and game night, the girls headed out to try sushi with our good friends who love sushi to have a new experience. They showed us what and how to order things, and we got to try a number of fish and veggie rolls that were awesome. Kiki liked the wasabi best of all - smh. It was a fun night!
Buddy's Boy Scout pack had their 2nd summer meeting over the weekend and it was amazing! They played games and then engineered boats and raced them against each other in rain gutter races. Once the winner was declared, they dumped out the water, covered the gutters with foil and then the parents served ice cream and sundae fixings in the gutters. Such a fun day!
We haven't been to this museum since 2007. The girls read an article about it during the school year (but didn't remember ever having visited before other than a vague - hey - this looks...kind of familiar...)and have been anxious to visit after learning that they have a mini-city inside where kids can get a job, a paycheck & an ATM card, and then they can use money earned in the game to buy items at the small grocery or experiences at the art center. They had a great time checking out the city and doing the jobs, which included checking groceries:
Taking jobs in a mini-TV station as on air talent, direction, or editing:
Or a plethora of other choices like being a cook or waitperson, a delivery van driver, a UPS package manager, a city councilperson...and many more. It was very cool and they all spent a lot of time checking out all the options and visiting the ATMs and banks and Buddy even earned a "diploma" by completing a bunch of tasks and having a bunch of experiences.
When they were done with that, there was still almost a whole museum to explore! This place has everything - it is HUGE!
The girl checked out the 3-story climber:
Everyone worked as a team to build a little house out of giant blocks:
The girls tested out using pulleys on the "kid lifter:"
Everyone built cars out of Legos and tried to race them down a steep hill without wrecking them:
Buddy and Drew programmed some robots with Ipads:
They also built and tested rockets and parachutes:
These build-it-yourself pinball machines were a favorite - and it was fun to watch the kids test and build and refine until they had machines that worked.
Probably the favorite room for everyone was the circuit area - the kids discovered that when you sat on this bench and touched the bolts on the arm rests and then completed the circuit by touching each other, the bench played music. In this picture, Kiki is demonstrating to skeptical Yaya that she could play her ear like an instrument!
Next up, everyone explored the circuit table for awhile...Buddy was doing his own successful circuit making down there at the end - so yay for him!
Meanwhile, the girls figured out how to make their doorbell, school bell and some other noisy thing go off all at the same time with a switch, and Kiki flipped it off an on saying "CHAOS!...no chaos...CHAOS!" While Yaya plugged up her ears. But make no mistake - she was loving it too.
And finally, just a couple of fun pics! Kids give the museum 3 big thumbs up!
We finally got a chance to explore this beautiful private campground we've been hearing about for years, and it did not disappoint - the icy cold springs bubble into a manmade rock swimming pool, then drop off a picturesque waterfall below into a pool surrounded by ancient cypress trees. The stairs are steep and the rocks are very slippery, so it's a bit treacherous to navigate but worth the trouble. Definitely take water shoes and a floaty as it gets pretty deep. The pictures don't do it justice - it's gorgeous!