Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
This picture is of the street we walked down to go into the skating rink. The building on the right is the rink. The level of the ice is about 8 feet below the sidewalk level. Looking in the windows you see down the bleachers to the ice. We had to park in a parking structure, $12, to have the kids skate $3.25 each. Kinda funny that we paid twice the amount of skating to park. This place in right across the street from the big convention center in downtown Indianapolis and kiddy corner from Lucas Oil Stadium the home of the Colts.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Here is a picture of one of their T-Rex's.
This is a shot of the head of a triceratops. If you look close you can see a bubble in front of him with Lexy's head sticking up.
These bubbles were in several places in the museum. Most of them required the children to crawl into a small room where they could then stand. There we a few in with the dinosaurs, several in the middle of the train exhibit, etc.
There was a cool bone dig up area. This one was better that the typical sand over the mold type. The sand was very large grain and they has some sort of sticky substance in it that required the effort to break it up and move it off of the bones. It make it seem like chipping rock. Our kids dug for a little bit.
I wasn't sure what this was, but Isaac figured it out...It's a giant fluid clock. On the left is the hours and on the right is the minutes. So the fluid fills to the level of different numbers to show the time. Isaac was standing in front of the clock at 1:35. You can see the dark blue dot to the left of him at the 1 o'clock level, the numbers are in faint green. And to the right of him you can see the squiggly tube is filled to the 35 minute mark.
So, GREAT place. Highly recommended. It did have a cost. Family of four is $52, seemed to be well worth it. And I haven't mentioned the guitar display, the StarWars display, the miniature model rooms, the merry go round, the black light maze, the fun house mirrors, the science area, the rock climbing wall, the water table, the live fish habitat, the Egypt display, and on and on... And we can't forget the Barbie display.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
There where hundreds of Barbies in there. The fun things were the hands on items. Like...
This was one of here favorite Barbies on display.
So, once they kicked out all the boys, they talked about how a designer would design a new dress. They drew there ideas on paper over an outline of Barbie. Then they when to work with tiny dressmaker forms to shape the dress and make sure that it was the correct size. Lexy, of course, picked pink for her dress.
Momma and daughter with the new Barbie dresses that they made.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Here is the text from the story...
Monday July 26, 2010
Program teaches hockey basics
by Bob Wojcieszak
The six-week "Learn to Play Hockey" program at the South Charleston Memorial Ice Arena is designed to teach the sport to kids who have no ice skating experience. Now in its third week, the camp teaches children as young as 3 first to stand on the ice and then to skate. They also learn some basic skating drills and how to handle a hockey stick and puck.
Bridget Phillips, the treasurer of the Charleston Amateur Hockey Association, who helped organize the program, said several of the participants already have expressed interest in joining a youth hockey league in the fall. The teams are open to children as young as 5.
She emphasized that the program and team play is safe for young ones. They aren't taught more advanced and aggressive maneuvers like checking until around age 12.
"The first couple of years, they're just learning how to play hockey," she said.
The skating rink is also using the interest in the class as an opportunity to build on their hockey programs overall. The arena purchased helmets and sticks for the program and to have on hand in the future.
Phillips said they hope to continue to host the "Learn to Play Hockey" program again after the next competitive hockey season is over.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Right by where we had our dinner was a 12' tall statue of Abraham Lincoln. Isaac loves Abraham Lincoln. He likes history in general.
Isaac really enjoyed this statue. He didn't want to get down from there.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
I say it all the time... "Isaac loves to fish... too bad his dad is such a poor fisherman" He does, Isaac loves to fish and I suck at it. In June I finally bought a fishing and hunting license. Isaac was so happy. We got in a little fishing on the rivers by the house. We didn't even get a bite, but he was SOOOOO HAPPY. It sure is good for him to do some fishing. He is a very thankful, plesent boy when he has been fishing. On a Saturday morning in July I got him up early, early and we went to Kanawha State Forest to the pond to fish. Yes, he loved it.
Then he got a little more serious. These little Perch seemed to like little bits of worm that morning.
Here is another one the pulled out. Look at the smile, he's having fun...!!!
He brought 3 home to show his mom. She was not impressed with him bringing them in the house, but she was happy to see that he was able to catch some fish. And she was glad to see him so happy.
Now, you may not be able to see it here but there is a beaver swiming in the pond. He is inline with the concrete spillway. It was fun to watch him swim down in the pond, climb up the bank, chew off a small branch, and drag it back up the pond.
The other thing the we saw was a big, big turtle. We didn't get a picture of him. He must have been 24" diameter, he came up for air twice that we saw him that morning.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
We did some hiking way back on July 3rd. Amy had the weekend off'ish, and wanted to spend some time outside with the kids. We chose to hike at the Kanawha State Forest. We printed out a map that shows the bike and hiking trails, picked one, and packed a lunch. Everyone was happy and ready to go when we got out of the car and headed up the hill.
Not too long after the happy picture above, the kids were thinking the the bugs, heat, and hills were not too much fun. We got some unhappy feedback. Amy, Trisha and I just kept on trucking and tried to point out the happy stuff. We did see some cool things. We found a plant that the leaves grow in a circle, we found an old mine road and some small waterfalls.
Isaac and Lexy found an old log that looked like a surf board. They did have fun mountain surfing for a bit.
Amy had packed us a great lunch. We sat down right on the trail and ate our lunch. As you can tell from Isaac's head. It was hot and humid.
Friday, July 23, 2010
This is Lexy and Natasha sitting on a bench in the WonderLab garden just outside.
This one is Isaac and Travis operating crane. There where three controls. The crane move radially, you could move the cable from the center to the outer edge of the circle and then the raising and lowering of the cable. Each box in the cage had a key hole that the cable could hook on to. We stacked up a big stack of blocks and then knocked them over. Pretty fun.
Here is Lexy gathering up a 'cloud bubble'. There were about 5 stations with bubble experiments. One of the used cables and soapy water to create a bubble, like the one at the Clay Center, but this one then had a hair dryer mounted to blow the bubble out. I would create huge 18" to 24" bubbles.
This picture of Isaac is outside in the garden. The station that he is by uses solar panel that they can rotate up and down, round and round to catch the most sun. There is an energy gage that tells them how much power that they are capturing. Then there is a bell, a fan and a few LEDs. It shows them how much power each item needs to operate. Very cool...
The WonderLab was awesome...!!! Thanks Aunt Jean for telling us about it.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Lexy found a pink Corvette in the museum. She was having fun anyway, but this put it over the top for her. Even the premium parking was full at one point in the day...