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

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

LEAP Field Trip: Planetarium

The old planetarium is now called the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. Sadly they spent more time on the new name instead of consulting with moms on how to improve and maximize their space. Gabe enjoyed this building set but too bad it wasn't the old one that had wires and plugs so you could turn your creation into a robot.The other two were bored out of their gourd downstairs.Before checking out the new upstairs, we had lunch at the "Countdown Cafe". Hands down, the best part of the place! I had a panini with fresh (and local!) veggies and a side of potato salad. Delish! The girls mirrored the moms and lazily enjoyed lunch and the downtime to catch up with each other.Upstairs, the kids fiddled with turbines, completing circuits,determinig our household gigawatt usage,and comparing wattage from various lightbulbs and other electrical devices.
All in a day's work. Maybe we'll be ready to visit again next year...?

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