Thursday, March 7, 2013

Family Fun Day

I know it is almost a week later, but I still want to post about all of the fun that we had on Saturday!  For Christmas, my Aunt and Uncle gave us a membership to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science....with the understanding that they would get to keep Kamryn when we went.  So, this past weekend, we were finally able to make our first trip.

As soon as Daniel made it home from work on Saturday morning, we loaded the family up and headed south!  We dropped Kam off with my aunt and uncle, and then took the older kids over to the museum.  The kids had an ABSOLUTE blast!  They were very impressed with all of the interactive things to do and play.  There were obviously some things that were a little above their age/maturity level, but the museum does a wonderful job of having things for all ages.

Kenna arranging her flowers.  This picture was actually taken when she was taking the flowers down from their previous arrangement.  My oldest child takes after me and likes things to be in a more specific order!
Another flower arranging picture

She also had to try out the art supplies they provided.  They had a table set up where you could make turtles out of the construction paper, etc, but Kenna said there were too many other things to do.

Dane loved going grocery shopping!  Once you filled your shopping bag, you were supposed to climb into the back of the "truck" so you could reload the bins.

He LOVED getting to drive!

Taking the groceries to Market

We took a little time out to watch a 3D movie about Sea Monsters/Dinosaurs.  I was very surprised about how much both of the kids enjoyed this.  Kenna kept reaching out and trying to grab the fish that were swimming by.  Dane had his glasses on just like Kenna, but took them off right before I snapped the picture.  

The new improved way to wear 3D glasses!
On the bird floor, they had a place where you can be a bird.  You wear 3D glasses, stand on the specific spot, and then the bird on the screen moves as you do.  The bird flies over and around mountains, etc.
If you lean back, the bird climbs up higher into the sky....

Bending over makes the bird dive.....

And then you can make it turn!  Kenna thought this was a lot of fun.

Dane tried it as well but needed some help from Daddy (not sure why the picture is so blurry...must be operator error)

Dane really liked listening to all of the bird sounds.

He also like looking at the cars....he just wasn't too happy that he wasn't allowed to drive!

Construction with magnetic balls and glad Daddy was there to help....Mommy is not that great at this sort of stuff!

And what better way to end the trip then with a race!  This is Dane racing against Felix Jones.  Kenna raced a gymnast and then a T Rex.  
This is just a few of the things we did at the museum.  The kids also loved the simulated earthquakes and the glass elevators.  So much to see and do....we will definitely be back! 

When we left the museum, we made the very short drive to Klyde Warren Park.  It is a park that is built over the freeway and was really cool.  They had several different play structures for the kids to climb all over.

The park also has tons of tables/chairs, food trucks, games, and even books!  I wish we could have spent more time there but we had more on the agenda.  We made a quick stop to pick up Kamryn - who seemed to do just fine without us - and then drove back to Allen.

By this point, neither of the older two kids had had a nap and had just spent 4 hrs exploring the museum (running all through it) and then 30-40 min at the park....once we hit the car, they didn't last long!

We made it to Allen just in time to watch the Annual Police v. Fire hockey game the City of Allen puts on.  We had 3 uncles we had to cheer for!!
Dane was more than happy to change into his fire truck shirt and yell for the fire department

And Daddy took the opportunity to teach Kamryn how to bang on the glass :)
I don't have a picture of Kenna but she was the most into the game.  She made posters to support the team and yelled the E.N.T.I.R.E. game.  She thinks that whole reason the fire team won was because of her yelling. :)

Once we ate with the fam, I took my exhausted children home and poured them into bed while Daniel stayed to watch the Allen Americans play.  What a fun filled day with kids!  I loved watching them have fun and we can't wait to do it again!!!

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