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Sunday, March 1, 2009
Please Touch Museum
Today was mostly about the girls again. I went to church twice this morning. Once early with Marie, and then we both went to her son's church after that. The pastor did a nice show and tell time with the kids afterwards, burning last year's palm fronds and grinding the ashes to show how they are made for Ash Wednesday.
After lunch we headed for the Please Touch Museum at Fairmont Park, in a former World's Fair building. It's just wonderful for kids, and we took lots of pictures, but I'll just show a couple that don't make the girls too recognizable since they are not mine.
There were all kinds of play spaces that were all tied to learning something. Here are A and M in the hall of mirrors. There was a place to tinker with vehicles, a water feature with toy boats, a place to build foam aircraft and see if they would fly, a room with kid-powered machines, a jungle room to make music, a big carousel, and more.
This picture is for my friend Ratty at The Everyday Adventurer. One whole section of the museum is based on Alice in Wonderland. He sometimes takes Alice on his adventures. Since this has always been one of my favorite stories, I couldn't help but think of him as we passed the Cheshire Cat, painted the rose bushes, or played croquet with a flamingo and hedgehog.
The day ended with fancy big-city pizzas (meaning unusual toppings and various cheeses- not just a ton of pepperoni and mozarella), and bedtime for two very tired little girls.
I will end with a picture for the grownups. These are some of the statues associated with the Please Touch Museum. It is simply a gorgeous building in its own right that had been empty for several years. It's great to see it put to such a wonderful new use.