This weekend my family and I were invited to my very first blogger event. We were treated to breakfast and an entire day at the Pacific Science Center courtesy of Animal Jam.
Breakfast started at 9, and somehow, considering our insane morning, we made it on time.
We got to eat and then the kids were off! They had a lot of fun looking at the bugs and reptiles. I had a horrible unsettled feeling in my stomach being surrounded by so many creepy-crawlers. Apparently a Black Widow makes me squirm even if it’s in a glass case.
Next to the bug section, there was a butterfly house. I really wanted to go in, because there are so many beautiful butterflies flying around (I heard they even land on you!!) However, we didn’t go because I was afraid one of the kids might freak out, or worse, crush one of them. So we wandered elsewhere.
At 10, Animal Jam gave a short presentation so we could learn more about them. Its an app for kids that love animals and the outdoors. Its a fun way for kids to interact online in a safe environment. Animal Jam pays special attention to online safety which is important, because letting the kiddos play online can be scary.
After the presentation, we got to explore the rest of the science center for the remainder of the day. (By this time we had been there for a little over an hour, so the kids were only going to last a bit longer.) It was the first time we had ever taken them here and it was stimulation over-load! What kid doesn’t love that?!
Z and I watched part of the snake show. If you asked her now what she thought, she would say she loved it. Only I, and the lovely ladies sitting next to us, know the truth. She was squirmy and kept saying she wanted to leave. Finally, after the live snake made an appearance, we moved on.
Right next to the snake show was the dinosaur exhibit. My husband and I each have fond memories of this particular part of the museum. The dinosaurs are huge and their heads move around. When we were kids, they were the most amazing, technologically advanced things we had ever seen. Thirty years later, they’re a bit worn…but my Little Guy was impressed-and that’s all that matters! He kept exclaiming in his adorable learning how to talk voice, “Oh, woah!!” Over and over.
Knowing our time was limited, my husband and I corralled the kids to another section. We discovered the huge toddler play area, which is where we spent a significant amount of time. The kiddos would have been happy to stay there all day. It had things to climb, slides, play cars, and a gigantic water table.
Once the kids got into the water, (and the boy kept fixating on drinking it), we decided to move along…we had a long car ride ahead of us…and only so many outfits…
Lastly, and perhaps the hit of the entire place, there was a big floor with lights shining on it. If you stood on the floor, the lights followed you around. The kids had a good ol’ time “chasing” the lights all over the place. It reminded me of teasing a cat with a laser pointer…hours of fun!
Finally, my youngest collapsed on the floor, so we decided it was time to go.
That is when the fun REALLY began! If you have toddlers, you know how wonderful it is taking them away from something they like. Not the best. Once we finally got to the car, Little Miss was in full-on tantrum mode. There’s nothing better than giving your kid a time-out in public!
I really think that with little kids there is such a thing as “too much fun,” and you have a tiny window of time to side step the crazy wrath of the overtired, overstimulated toddler. We didn’t get to avoid it that day, but we can dream for next time. And there will be a next time soon-we only saw a fraction of this place!
All-in-all, we had a wonderful time. And I would like to thank Animal Jam for sponsoring this great event!
What fun things do you like to do as a family? Does your city have a science center?