"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Boston Museum of Science

Tuesday's co-op flew the coop and we ended up field tripping it at the museum. Unfortunately for me, I threw my back out that morning and had to painfully shuffle my way around all day but fortunately for me, I had one of my teen photographers to pick up the slack camera-wise:I'm short on words so here's a quick run-down of the days events.
Sheep heart and lungs, mmmm:

Hatching chicks, a Munchie favorite:Some sort of pulley thing-a-ma-jig??Peg play:

Astronaut beds (man those things must be like 30 years old by now!):Giant honeycombs:Monster-sized light bright:And a little heel kicking:Best for last: Caden cut the top of his head in the "5 and under section", on god knows what, and so the paramedic was called, the museum director, supervisors etc... to cover their butts in case his "head injury" turned serious. Munch was not impressed by all the attention and I couldn't pick him up because of the aforementioned back pain.Great day in the city!

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