So, yeah, spur of the moment. I was sitting in my my chair about noon and I had a thought to look up the Strong Museum, see where it is, how much it cost. And it just hit me. We were going. By a quarter to one we were out the door on on our way! My husband thinks I'm nuts when I do things like this. It's only been since last summer. I was always too chicken shit to drive far. But somehting has changed in me, and even though I get nervous, I don't mind it. And Devin is 10 now. He is much more into these things and provides conversation (when he's not arguing with me!), and alot of times my mom is being toted along. Not this time though :)
There were a lot of different exhibits. I think one of my favorites was the Reading Adventureland! A lot of neat things in there for kids to explore. When we first got there, Devin felt a little out of place. It seemed most of the kids were younger than him and it was pretty busy. Neither of us do well in busy settings. But later, after we ate and explored a few other things we went back and there mere much less people there.
I had to take of picture of that little sign! Hope + Heroes = Happiness! It was above the castle doors. I thought it was cute :).
Inside the Reading Adventureland, we also got to make our very own wands! HAHA! It had been so long since Devin and I crafted together. We also made these little story scenes that we traced. We pieced them together with different templates. Devin titled his 'Harry Potter and the Knight of Middle Earth' and mine is 'Gandolf the Gray meets the Last Unicorn'! LOL
And then when we were done wand making and picture story writing, I noticed these--
It's the Sorting Hat, and Harry's Nimbus 2000! And the other one is Gandolf's Staff and Sarumon's Staff! I was quite excited over that. Of course, they were only replicas, but still...
During the summer months, they have an atrium of butterflies. It was very neat to walk in and have butterflies flying all around you! And there were some of the most beautiful I have ever seen! And it seemed the more colorful the less they were to land to take a photo! You can kinda see the blue ones there flying in the first photo. Their wings almost looked like they were glowing the blue was so vivid. Very neat!
Oh and there's a retro arcade! All those really old arcade games from the 80's, like Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Frogger, Q-Bert and all those one outerspace shooting ones like Asteroids, there were tons of them. I think they said like 100 or something. Devin had fun playing some of those. Technology really has come a long way! And to think we thought those were cool when we were kids!! They totally SUCK! I tried Q-Bert and damn if I couldn't get past the FIRST level! Same with Frogger!
Upstairs there's this really neat Toy Hall of Fame. So many really cool toys of yesterday mixed with toys of today. And throughout this whole place there are tons of little hands on things for the little ones to play with and explore. A very neat museum. I would liked to have taken Devin sooner, but we still had a super fine time. He wasn't too old or anything, but there did seem to be more younger kids than kids his age.
When we got back into town, he wanted to go to Pizza Hut. We didn't eat until after 8! I don't know about you all, but we don't ever eat that late. We had Subway there around 4, but he was hungry again, so we stopped. You see it's like I said in my list of Favorite things...I love eating out :). Who am I to argue! It was just weird to have my son out eating so late!
That about wraps up my day yesterday. Oh, I did even have a few moments to sit and read a few pages while Devin played in the Retro Arcade!