Now, this blog is mainly concerned with members of the immediate family: Shannon, the Geekling, and myself. However, during those times that the family are travelling to their homeland of California, I DO have other Troxells that I see. I have my parents, plus a brother with a wife and two sons.This past week, my brother and his wife were on an anniversary trip to Cabo, so my nephews had split time between his parents and her parents. One of the things that the grandparents have is a membership to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. They went on Saturday, and guess who was “kidnapped” and brought along? My parents say it was because the little guys wanted me along, I think the subject was raised so they had an extra set of eyes to keep track of a 6 year old and a 3 year old, Thing 1 and Thing 2 respectively.
Hitting the Children’s Museum with actual Children is a bit of organized chaos, light on the organization and heavy on the chaos. First was the Lego exhibit, where they had fun racing cars down a track and building Lego vehicles. Then we raced over to the Hot Wheels Exhibit, where they spent time racing Hot Wheels cars down a track.
Do we notice a trend developing here?
This part really interested me, and I got a lot of shots of the full size cars. It was fun looking at the displays of the history of the cars, and remembering that “I used to have that…” and “I really wanted that…” It was a really nifty exhibit, and Thing 1 and Thing 2 were having a lot of fun there, so I really had time to look around and enjoy it.
From there, Thing 2 really wanted to ride the Merry Go Round, so while Grammy brought him on that, Grandpa watched and I brought Thing 1 over to the video game section. Seriously, he played some NES Super Mario Brothers, then he went and sat on Lego Star Wars for about 15 minutes as I looked at toys I grew up with now sitting as exhibits in a museum I grew up with, and felt old.
Headed upstairs, the little guys played in the ScienceWorks exhibit, with Thing 1 making a personality bracelet, and Thing 2 playing with the water exhibits, and the organize chaos of the other exhibits.
After a quick break for lunch, that’s when we headed down to the Dinosaurs. It’s great that they have a ton of places for the wee ones to crawl around, and they had a great time peeking under doors, seeing what the museum thought dinosaurs smelled like, and crawling into the domes that actually bring you into the exhibit.
Before we left, we had to check out the train.
You don’t know about the train?
It’s a 55-ton locomotive from the late 1800’s called the Reuben Wells. It’s a full size locomotive and tool car in the museum. The museum was kind of built up around it. I’ve always loved it, and Thing 1 and Thing 2 thought it was cool that their Great Great Grampa had worked in one of those tool cars, and their Grandpa had ridden in one before.
By this point, the wee ones were tired, so they got gifts in the Museum Shop, and we were on our way home.
Now, I just need to get Shannon and the Geekling over to the museum when they get back. I love that we can go where the little ones want, still not see everything, and have a full day.
EDIT: Now, I really wanted to insert some photos on here, but I forgot how frustrating it is to put photos on a WordPress blog. So, later, I’ll post up a link to a photo album, after I edit it and put it together.
Catch you later,