Friday, July 16, 2010

Dino Island/Miami Children's Museum

The Miami Children's Museum recently started their "Dino Island" exhibit. As a general rule, we don't frequent the children's museum. Its further north than my office, and anyone who knows me well knows that I don't go more than about 10 miles from my house if I can help it. But I knew knew knew that Garrett would LOVE this-the kid is all about the dinosaurs. Thankfully, every third Friday is "Target Free Third Friday". Again, not something I frequent. I DETEST crowds, and most Miami people are just too rude to be packed in with in tight quarters. But, whatever, we decided to give it a go. Garrett was so psyched, he picked out his favorite dinosaur shirt in the morning . . .
He also made the necklace during one of our morning activities. Our OTHER morning activity was making peanut butter, which he REALLY loved doing too. I wouldn't have thought it would be easy or fun, but it proved to be both. I also never thought we'd be making as MUCH from scratch as we are these days. Next on the list: Pasta. I think I am going to have to invest in some fancy kitchen stuff sometime soon-my little $5 chopper is getting the job done, but BARELY, lol. Anyway, I digress.

Must have the obligatory picture of Summer and the bow she demanded I put in her hair. She won't get out of bed without one. Not kidding.
Dino Island was "so cool because it has REAL Dinosaurs" -Garrett

T-rex of course was his favorite. There was a fun factoid on the floor that a T-rex's teeth were the size of a banana. I thought that was cool. Summer, of course, immediately started yelling "Banana! Banana!" and was not pleased when I could not produce one instantly from my bag.

Crayon rubbings are so fun!

Digging for bones. I love that they do things side by side these days.
Garrett also REALLY had a blast with the fireman's pole in another part of the museum. He had no problem getting down all by his lonesome. Crazy child!
Summer making her own money. She loves crafts.
And making her own dinosaur.
And more side by side crafts.
I was really pleased with how well they both did. I have not done a lot of things with them in large crowds, because keeping an eye on both of them frankly scares the crap out of me now that Summer is so mobile and so FAST. But Garrett was excellent, and Summer listened well too. It was definitely worth the drive and the crowd. Not worth the drive, the crowd, AND the $24 +$2 parking it would have cost had it not been free through. So thank you, Target, for Target Free Third Fridays :-)


Steph said...

What a fun outing, and how nice that it was free!

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