Wednesday was a fun day. We went back down to temple square first. Our first stop was the visitor's center and up to the top level so the kids could see the big statue of Jesus Christ. Lainey was in awe of it really...she kept asking me why Jesus was so big.
I'm not sure what Andy was saying right here...but I like how he remembers to use the teaching moments with our children. He's a good daddy.
Here's the gang in front of the temple. Matthew was being so squirmy! I thought for sure he was going to fall off that ledge right into the fountain. I was so surprised when he didn't.
Well, after spending a couple of hours at Temple Square, the kids needed some time to just be kids and play...so we took them to the Discovery Gateway Children's Museum, which was just a couple of blocks away. Our awesome Boonshoft Museum pass from Ohio got us in there free of charge. Woo hoo! Love that pass, I'll keep renewing it for as long as I can!
First thing Lainey wanted to do was play with the balls and air tubes. Hard to describe, but there were hundreds of these plastic balls with a whole bunch of different openings. The kids could stick them into the opening, and the vacuum would suck them away and blow them out somewhere else. The kids loved it. Taylor figured out that with one of the airways that blew the balls out, that if you placed a ball directly in the path of flowing air, that when the next ball shot out of the tube, it would bounce the floating ball out of the way and replace it...so there would always be a ball just floating there. Such fun...the older kids figured out the science behind it, and the little ones just saw the magic in it.
Another fun place Brooklynn and I found was the movie and sound effects area. Here she is drawing a storyboard. In this area, they had a little stage with stage lights and dress up clothes, and different backgrounds that the kids could pull on and off the stage to make their own plays. What a fun, creative place! After Brooklynn was done making her storyboard, she and I went into the sound booths and we recorded our own sound effects to a story. You hit record and then used boots, bells, crumpled up paper, hinges, etc. to make appropriate sound effects for different stories. Then you hit play, and you could listen to what you had created. It was pretty fun! We did a pirate story.
On the next level up was more building and science type activities. Here they had an entire TV, news anchor set up where the kids could sit behind the news desk and record themselves giving the evening news. They had teleprompters and everything.
These blocks that Tay is using were so fun to build with.
Here's Tay's huge tower...after this block...it crumbled, and made a spectacular crash.
Outside on the roof, they had some picnic tables...and a helicopter! Matthew thought this was SO awesome....at the beginning. He loved it until the sound effects came on and it started vibrating, then it scared him to death and we couldn't get him to get back into it for a picture. He is so sweet. Lainah however...thought all the noise and vibrating was super fun and enjoyed every minute of it.
This is as close as we could get Matthew to stand to it after the initial shock of hearing it "start up." He was really afraid that if he got into it, it would fly away.
Here's on of Tay's designs. Seeing how much the kids enjoyed this particular activity made me think that we should just bolt up some sheet metal to the side of the garage and then go to home depot and get some plastic plumbing materials...it would keep them entertained for hours!
Brooklynn made friends with a little girl and they spent a lot of time together playing in the pretend store. They were stocking shelves, and using the cash register and making things in the bakery and deli. It was just a super fun and creative place and the kids all enjoyed it. Mommy and Daddy enjoyed it too and by the end of the day...