Friday, September 19, 2008

Field Trip

We joined some of our fellow homeschoolers on a fun filled field trip today!  We went to the Narnia exhibit at our local Science Center.  If  you ever get a chance to see this exhibit, go!  It was really neat and well done.  You can't take pictures inside the exhibit, so I don't have any of that to share.  But, I can tell you that in the exhibit, you will walk through the wardrobe straight into Narnia, just like Lucy, complete w/ snow and pine trees.  There are clothes and other props from the movie.  If you go here, you'll be able to see and read about this awesome exhibit.

Outside of the museum

After we left Narnia, we headed to the museums cafe for a surprisingly delicious lunch.  You know how museum food isn't always the greatest. ;)  Our science center's vendor is a really great restaurant that serves locally grown organic fresh products.  It was really, really yummy.  We headed back into the science center to finish looking around.  They had changed some of their exhibits since we were last there, which was a really nice surprise.  Their exhibits were kindof old and most were broken, which is why we don't go to our science center too often.  I think I'm spoiled and a bit biased though when it comes to Science Centers, since I worked at, what was said to be, the best science center in the world the years I was working there.  I believe that's totally coincidental by the way.  I don't think I was the reason for their world wide distinction LOL.  

Anyway, the kids had a blast playing and experiencing the exhibits, and I do have photos of our time outside of Narnia. :) 

Watching the combustion demonstration

Waiting for the "Forces of Nature" experience to start.  This was a really cool exhibit.  You stand in the center of a ring w/ large screens showing various types of storms.  While they had the video playing there would be "interactive" special effects like wind blowing, the ground shaking, heat representing a forest fire and volcano.  There was even rain!  Yes, we got wet. :-)

A. playing with virtual sand.  Another really cool exhibit.

The boys making music with light.  Although, all the J liked to do is push the buttons, which didn't make music.  Instead it just made a really obnoxious noise. LOL

A. morphing her face.

Making metal files "dance".

R. watching sound waves in action.

Playing at Water Works.

When we were heading out, we stopped for some ice cream and sat in the grass (and 98* heat ) and ate our Ice Cream bars.  Yum. :)

We had a great time and were sufficiently worn out by the time we got home!  :-)


SchoolinRhome said...

WOW! It looks like a wonderful experience. My kids sure would love that place! The ice cream looks so tasty, too!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Jen Unsell said...

What a great day Linda! I didn't know their was a narnia exhibit- I will have to look into that.

I can't believe your kids don't sweat when it is that hot. My kiddos would be drenched from head to toe as if they just stepped out of the shower- and so would I!

Starlady said...


It's AZ, sweat evaporates in nanoseconds. :)

Remember, it's a dry heat. :D

Anonymous said...

That looks so cool, Linda!! My dh is in Phoenix for a sporting competition right now and we thought about joining him, but our schedule didn't allow it. Too bad! That would have been a perfect activity for us! And fun to see our Arizona friends again! Have a great trip to the island! I know you two will have a memorable time together. ((hug))