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Monday, August 29, 2011

Grand Opening of the Sacramento Children's Museum!

Photos taken at the Museum: 54

This is a special edition blog post of pix we took at the grand opening of the Sacramento Children's Museum. We are founding partners which means we donated money to the museum to help them get going. Some of this money was given to Eric as his birthday presents and we donated the rest. Founding partners get a permanent art display in the museum, you can see ours below...

Waiting to get in was hard, there were so many people that the building's limit of people allowed in at one time was reached. Evie's patience was also reached :(

To pass the time, Eric and Daddy checked out the fire engine.

Eric got a hat and fire fighter badge sticker!

Once inside, there was much happiness for all!

We got to take a picture with one of the mascots

The museum took this picture and posted it on their website!!! Even though this is very cool, I have to admit I was a little weirded-out that no one asked permission to take pix of my child or post them on the internet.

Eric really liked this one, he watched the ball go up and down the hills, until it dropped into the bin at the bottom of the hill. This section with the balls was called "Raceways" and taught about velocity, gravity, motion, friction, and acceleration.

Evie liked the puff balls, they were meant to go into a clear vacuum tube which taught about the vacuum of space and travel and air pressure and air currents, but Evie preferred collecting them, I think she was able to hold about 6 at one time!

There were some amazing water features, just the right height for Evie!

She especially like the ping pong balls and put them into the water features.

Eric had a blast splashing water everywhere! This area is called "Waterways" and teaches children to experiment with the flow of water, race boats, and create whirlpools.

Both kids were completely soaked and then...

we went over to the painting wall! This is the before and after shots of Eric making his own hand print on the clear plastic wall - very cool!

soon, they were both covered in paint too, lol! I drew the "E" for Evie and she painted a lovely backdrop for it! :)

good thing i dressed them in 'play clothes' and had a change of clothes in the car!

The painting wall and this craft room were the "Studio of the Arts" section of the museum, where children explore hands-on art projects. Eric made a dino mask!


Evie didn't want to make the craft, she wanted to police the entire museum instead :)  This part of the museum was called "My Neighborhood" and encourages children to role play, and celebrate unique family traditions and cultural awareness.

There was a special baby room called "Baby Bloomers" for children under 3 to enjoy safe exploration. Evie decided she was at the age where she could play in both areas, and she had a lot of fun going down this little foam block slide. You can see Kathleen Palley's back in this photo, she is the owner/operator of the museum.

Here we are in front of our permanent art display, it was located inside the play house (I did not get to choose the spot, and it took me almost our entire time at the museum to find it, lol!) I added the blue arrow digitally, so you could see which one is our art. I was kind of upset that our art was framed with two other people's art, for the amount of money we ended up paying for that spot, you'd think we'd at least get our own frame! And I guess there were too many cool things to look at because when I showed Eric his artwork on the wall he was less than impressed and refused to stand for the picture. Evie doesn't look too impressed either, lol!
All in all it was a fun day, and on the way out there was a small tent with reptiles you could pet, Eric really liked the albino snake, but my camera battery died, so I wasn't able to get a picture of that, maybe next time.


Auntie Heather said...

Wow, what an adventure! So nice to see you in some pix too! I like that Evie like the puff balls ;) and that Eric looks so good in a fireman's hat...!

SleepingBeautie said...

awe, thanks B! I have been trying to take more pix of myself, this time it was easy cuz Scott was there, so i just handed the camera off to him, lol!

ashley said...

Looks like so much fun!!! Eric looks so cute with that ant (I think that's what it was). Sorry I totally posted a picture of you on the internet without asking, hope it didn't weird you out :) Glad you got back to blogging.

SleepingBeautie said...

Ashley, i THINK it's an ant too, not real sure how or why SMUD was there or why their 'mascot' would be an ant or why a company like SMUD would need a mascot, but i digress.
oh, no, don't worry about the pic on facebook, its totally fine with me, i'll be posting it here soon, lol!