Saturday, March 15, 2008

The Science Center

Today we took Dylan to The Science Center for the first time. Our friends have a membership, so we got in free! Time with friends we don't see often enough, new discoveries for Dylan, and very little money spent - Triple Score!!! I haven't been to the Science Center since I was in my 20's, (you know, last week sometime), and took a group of 24 preschoolers there on a field trip. The place must have added a few floors in the meantime, because holy crap, the amount of stuff in the place is mind boggling. Four floors, (or was it five? I lost track). We probably only saw half of the stuff.

There was a giant train display, robots shooting basketballs, all sorts of scientific experiments, an aquarium, water play, ball play area, etc, etc. I think Dylan's favorite thing about the whole place were the ramps from floor to floor. We put him down, and SWOOSH, he was off like a rocket, legs churning, butt wiggling, arms going, and a big old goofy grin with a few squeals for good measure. It's not too hard to make that kid happy. Give him a big open space and maybe a big chunk of cheese and the kid is in toddler heaven.



By about the third floor, I started to become perplexed about something. When did I get old?! When exactly did that happen, and why didn't anyone tell me? I was exhausted. Did I mention that I chased 24 preschoolers around the place without breaking a sweat last week - (or, you know, whenever that was)? So, either I got old, or they have started pumping sleeping gas through the pipes of the place, because I just...needed a nap.

Dylan fell asleep practically before we were out of the parking lot, and slept the whole ride home. So did I. Then, when we got home...

Two hours later, when I rudely woke him up when I "tromped through the room", he was beyond grouchy. I made dinner, and you should have seen him put away the food! The Science Center took a lot out of him. All of us, apparently. Good thing we took him now, because next time I might need a walker.

6 comments:

Kellan said...

Cute picture - adorable!! I'm old - you don't know old! HA!

Thanks for coming by. Hope you are having a good weekend and I'll see you soon. Kellan

Julia said...

I LOVE that Science Center! I miss those PA things...

But I so agree with you, and I say the same thing all the time. Why oh why am I terrified to take my 4 kids swimming by myself when we used to take 24 kids? Or why do I feel I need another adult to go to the playground when we used to take 24? And no way have I taken all 4 of mine to the zoo yet, but we did every year.

We were young, we were brave, we were energetic, we were maybe a little insane...good times :)

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

Both photos are positively ADORABLE! Thanks for the reminder that the Science Center is a good time. I'll have to plan a trip sometime soon. I'll be sure to bring my wheelchair with me, cause I know I'm too old for all those ramps. I get tired just thinking about them.

Jonny's Mommy said...

Love the photo of Dylan and his daddy. SO reminds me of shots I have of Jonathan and Hubby.

I know about the old thing -- isn't it funny how fast it seems to creep up on us?
*sigh* Gotta go get the tylenol...all the aches and pains...just too much.

Kellan said...

Hey Jen - Hope you had a good weekend - see you soon. Kellan

JCK said...

These pictures are adorable. Isn't it fun that he is old enough to start enjoying all these cool places. The Science Center sounds great!

No walker for you lady. You continue to be my inspiration of ENERGY BUNNYNESS. ;)