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