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A day at the museum, part II

Please forgive me.

Amid all the excitement of winter ice storms and the prospect of proving my running invincibility on Saturday, and the horrible idea that both these things might run together on Saturday, I completely forgot to tell you about our trip to see Big Ed at Edventure in Columbia, SC last weekend.

pv-eddie-1Yes, it was our annual trip for our girls to meet their cousin at their favorite mid-point and a chance to exchange some Christmas gifts and have a blast running around their favorite Kids Museum, Edventure.

Do you remember Edventure from last year? Home of the 3 story little boy where you can climb all around his insides in that form a 3 story kids playground?

The sad thing this year, Ed was not himself.

It seems he had a terrible stomach ache!

The cousins are doing body slams in Big Ed's stomach

The cousins are doing body slams in Big Ed’s stomach

Yes, the inside of Ed is a learning tool, where he is sculpted like the insides of a little boy.  Skylar, unimpressed with his stomach, found his mind quite amazing!

Skylar got inside Big Ed's head

Skylar got inside Big Ed’s head

Kinda spooky, huh?

The girls got to visit a farm too. They seemed to enjoy this a lot as they got to ride some tractors (Skylar was a natural!) tractor

…and they had a chance to learn the finer things about farming and taking care of some farm animals…

Yes, you have to learn how to do this the right way!

Yes, you have to learn how to do this the right way!

The girls took this knowledge and saw how this affects our grocery stores. Again, Skylar always being a good helper decided to help with the check out lines; you know how those things are never staffed enough on Saturdays!

"do you  have your Bonus Card with you?"

“do you have your Bonus Card with you?”

Next was a trip to the fire house where they saw a real live fireman and got to sit in the drivers seat of his truck.

I can drive fast like you now Daddy!

I can drive fast like you now Daddy!

The girls even found fun sliding down the fireman’s pole…


Lots of fun (and energy) were used when they found the ‘blue room’, home to life-size foam lego blocks.

They would build their stacks, climb on top of them to claim them for their own and then Dad would come along and knock them down!

Having fun with the giant foam Legos

Having fun with the giant foam Legos

Don’t hate! They actually asked me to do it (after the first time)

But the overwhelming theme on this mid January Saturday was the Polar Freeze!

fnd_mc_frozenNo, not Frozen.

Like the South Pole kinda polar freeze.

Skylar found a game where she could shoot snowballs at unsuspecting elves…

snow ball

But Dylan found the South Pole’s version of Santa’s castle,

south pole

Complete with its own sled ride down an icy slope…

They even found a wind tunnel that was supposed to replicate an Arctic Storm! (for $2.00)

polar blizzardNo, they didn’t seem to enjoy that ride at all did they?

All in all it was a pretty exciting day for everyone! Even Dad.

After driving half way up on this frigid Saturday morning, Daddy’s alternator started acting up. Seizing an opportunity to get it fixed while we killed time in a kid’s museum, I found a local repair shop to replace said alternator and hopefully sparing my family from being stranded on the side of the road somewhere on the ride back……during nap time.

And as anyone who has done this can tell you, few things are exciting as getting a mega-hundred dollar car repair, done out of town, by someone you probably will never see again.

Thanks Aunt Charity for all the car rides out and back to the repair shop!

Everyone had a great time! Our girls played with their cousin. We played games and rode rides. We ran and chased and climbed through big Ed. And my car runs like a clock in this cold now.

Thanks for dropping by 3D! We hope you are planning an exciting and car-friendly weekend this week too.

Who’s going to pay for all this?

Today is the 1 week anniversary of our trip to a favorite local Children’s Museum, Edventure in Columbia, SC. Similar to the field trip at the aquarium the week before, I had high hopes for some good fun with for the kids. PLUS, there will be a total of 4 adults watching 3 kids. Those are my kinda numbers on my weekly day of rest!



The museum is named “Edventure” for the 40 foot tall child sitting inside the front doors. Its pretty good! Behind the statue, or maybe, inside, is a 3 story jungle gym mixed with the inside frame work of the human body. Kinda cool! These kids climb, slide, hide, jump and play all inside the human body.




Dylan entering Wonderland!

We got there early and, with low numbers of visitors, we could actually hear Ed’s heart beat. ~ which actually scared Dylan from playing on that level. Skylar, undaunted,  found fun just lying in Ed’s stomach, along with an ice cream sandwich and a wedge of orange.

Hiding in Ed's stomach




“Come on kids, we can’t spend all day here, just playing! Lets go explore and learn something!” Wishful thinking?





Running through the intestines

So we headed down the east wing where the kids ran into a kid’s size grocery store. Now I didn’t want to spend yet another weekend in a grocery store but the kids still had tons of fun shopping, pulling things off the shelf, and ‘paying for it’. “Did you kids bring any money?”

Who has some money?

All of the sudden I was imagining these kids as big people, with their careful scanning the plastic vegetables, picking the right milk, and hoarding all the candy they could find. Maybe it was the caffeine kicking in but it started to be fun imagining these kids as what they may be like when they get older. A look into the crystal ball! Yea, it was a lot of caffeine.

Now was that whole milk or fat free?

As luck would have it in the next room they got to play veterinarian. That’s a good career! This may be fun! Both the kids enjoy animals so much.

He might need some band aids...

Then, having fun with my vision of them being adults and seeing what their natural aptitudes are, I quickly pushed them into the next room. There they could practice being a dentist! More money, less hours, right? They had fun.

He's not brushing his teeth very good, is he?

Why stop there though? Why shouldn’t my kids be doctors? They are both super smart! They seemed to take quite naturally to the role and I could imagine them visiting more often at my retirement house on that cliff in the Caribbean. Hmmmmm…

Where did I put those shots?

Now where’s Skylar? Looking around it seems she found her way in front of the TV camera! She looked great as a TV anchor woman.

She really enjoyed seeing herself on TV. She has such a warm and natural smile!

Hi Mom! I'm on TV....

She should compliment my doctor in the family quite well! Wait? Where’d she go? Following the sound of laughter I see her driving heavy machinery at a construction site. Hey! What happened to being a doctor?

Closing out the ‘aptitude wing’ and calculating these kid’s college loans we headed back past Big Ed. I wondered what else these kids like to do as adults as we headed down to the west wing. I soon found out…..these kids like to travel!

They had a blast at the shindig in Africa and dancing to the drums. They even tried to join in with drums and the African dances. Everybody loved it. ~ I’ve never been to Africa…..

Lets have a dance party!

Next they took a boat, then walked across the swaying bridge to Timbuktu. They visited a village. Tried to make some native baskets. Tried to do a native hair style. They even got to climb on (and slide off) a life-size camel. ..living the camel life!

Giddyap horsey! Giddyap!

We crossed another continent or two, ending upstairs at a river side camp site. Phew! This traveling can ware a body out!

Nap time

We went down the other wing to find giant size games of Battleship, chess, checkers, Wii bowling and Sheldon’s favorite, Jenga. I learned Jenga comes from a Swahili word meaning “to build”. Take that Sheldon!

We spent some time in the music room where the kids loved to jump on the hopscotch pad and make music from their bouncing. Where do you get this energy?

Daddy, come join our band

With their last bit of energy they begged to climb through Big Ed one more time before we headed on back down the highway and the over due, but well earned naps, and some peace and quiet for Mom and Dad. Plus a bit more caffeine.

Lets go downstairs to play one more time

It was a big day with lots of Big adventures. An ice cream sandwich for Dad and some Peanut Butter M&M’s for Mom on the car ride home, made the day complete. Now, how much tuition will I need for their new found careers? Hmmmm…

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