Friday, January 16, 2009

Science Centre and South Bank
It's Darling Husband's last official day of vacation today (excluding the weekend, because lawn mowing never counts as vacation). We packed a picnic, clothed the kids, hopped in the shiny, fixed car, turned the key ... nothing. So we got out of the car, and walked to the train station instead. We were going to have a good day no matter what!
We went to the Science Centre, and bought a family yearly pass ( a bargain at only slightly more than two family day passes). It was full of kids, and so noisy. Who knew science was so loud! It was fantastic though, so much to see, and almost every exhibit was hands on. Because it was so busy, we didn't get a chance to do everything, but because we have the pass we didn't care :)

Joshua experimenting with light, and the three different colour shadows from the spotlights above. The moment he got into that spotlight he started dancing, and probably could have gone on for ages, but there were a bunch of other kids waiting for a turn.

Christopher was so poorly behaved that we had to turn him into a fruit platter. Sorry, Grandma and Pop! The senses room was so cool, with optical illusions to trick our senses. There is a rotating tunnel, which, when you stand in it on a stationary platform, feels for all the world like you are moving. Too long and it can give you motion sickness.

There is just too much to put into one post. Samara is riding a bike which lit up the skeleton next to her. The skeleton copies the pedalling movement of the rider, and shows how the joints work. This had them all fascinated. Josh has decided that he's going to be a scientist when he grows up, although he may still superhero on the side.

After lunch we walked up to our favourite spot at South Bank, a simulated creek, where the kids can build dams and swim away from the insanely crowded beach area at the same park.

Science experiments are so much fun! Especially when Mum and Dad get to read a book in the shade.

On the way home we dropped in to visit Aunty Sarah and beg a loan of her spare car for a little longer. Thanks so much Aunty Sarah and Uncle Doug!


Kristin said...

That looks like so much fun! word verification is univers (funny on a sciencey post).

meggie said...

What a perfect day for both children & parents!