Wide-Eyed with Wonder at the Children’s Museum

DSCN2418For those of you who—like me—think of a children’s museum as appropriate DSCN2468distraction on a cold, snowy day…or at least a wet, windy day, please think again! DSCN2500While Kathy was visiting last week, we kept waiting for a yukky day when we DSCN2503couldn’t be outside to go to GR’s Children’s Museum, but that day never came,DSCN2504 so we finally decided to go on a sunny spring morning, and we were happily  DSCN2502delighted with our investment during prime kiddy-adventure time! DSCN2394At the construction site, you can build things with foam blocks, DSCN2396or don a hard hat DSCN2398and a pair of work gloves DSCN2392so you can get to the down and dirty business of DSCN2393 collecting a bucket of foam rocks or climbing up the ramp for a big slide down. DSCN2399Right next door was a fully equipped, miniature kitchen…just perfect for Iris! DSCN2401Oliver wasn’t too impressed. He preferred watching some boys build a rainbow, DSCN2405and he was pleased as punch when they left, leaving him all the balls to himself! DSCN2400Meanwhile, back in the kitchen, Iris was whipping up some great pasta, DSCN2403which she summarily shared with all her luncheon guests. DSCN2406After lunch, Iris decided to check out the display on an active bee hive. DSCN2409 Iris loves all living things (especially ants, which she calls “babies”),DSCN2410 so she was disappointed that she couldn’t hold the bees, but she was very excited DSCN2408to see them going in and out through the tube, collecting nectar for their hive. DSCN2413Oh, children’s museums are full of wide-eyed wonders, like this mirror,DSCN2414all sorts of clever musical instruments for playing tunes,DSCN2455fascinating lights & colorful, geometric building blocks that even babes can hold, DSCN2458as well as giant construction toys that only big, tough kids can handle! DSCN2451One of Iris’ favorite “toys” was a life-sized car, free for the climbing! DSCN2456And, after waiting patiently for her turn, she even got to take it for a spin herself. DSCN2460Another ingenious invention was a huge bubble maker. You could stand in the DSCN2498middle, pull down the rope, and presto: encircle yourself in a rainbow bubble! DSCN2463I think Iris’ very favorite attraction was the grand bowl of bubble solution. DSCN2479She watched intently as others made impressive shapes,DSCN2475but she discovered it was much easier said than done!DSCN2486Now, how do you do that again??? DSCN2480After a lot of practice and a little advice on being gentle…DSCN2488Iris was able to get her bubble off the ground! DSCN2481She was even able to demonstrate for a smaller tot who was watchingDSCN2497and made some beautiful bubbles to share! DSCN2438I think Iris could have stayed all day, but Olie had missed the luncheon and said he was getting hungry.DSCN2431Iris called a local pizzeria to see if we could get reservations for a snack, DSCN2436but they said they were already booked solid and wouldn’t have room.DSCN2424 So, instead, we decided to just pick up a few groceries DSCN2443and then head home to eat. DSCN2427As luck would have it, we had to wait in a long line to check out, DSCN2447and then Iris remembered that she needed to stop at the bank…DSCN2448and the post office….DSCN2450and the fish market…DSCN2423but we did finally make it home, where we had a splendid lunch and a big nap. DSCN2421All in all, I’d say the Children’s Museum is a great adventure, rain or shine!

Looking for adventure? Don’t wait for a rainy day to learn something new! If you’ve never read the Bible, may I encourage you to start today? (The Gospel of John is one great place to start: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” ~John 1:1-5) It might be hard to understand at first, just like Iris trying to learn how to make bubbles, but I believe if you’ll persevere, you’ll discover a treasure house of wisdom and love that will leave you wide-eyed with wonder!

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

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