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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.

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