Friday was quite a day. The girls and I went to the Tellus Science Museum for the first time. We had heard only wonderful things about this museum, but we were still surprised by how much we enjoyed this outing.
A particular treat for us was the planetarium. I've been wanting to take Meg and Clare to a planetarium for several months because Meg has developed an interest in space. But I knew it was risky to take Baby Anne. A completely dark room with a booming voice and strange projections on the ceiling was a recipe for uncontrollable crying. But the admissions attendant at Tellus informed me that the program was for younger children, so some noise was expected. Also, there was a good chance we'd be the only ones in the planetarium--and it turned out we were. We were able to enjoy a fantastic presentation without worry that Baby Anne could cry at any moment and disturb others. Meg and Clare loved the presentation and were all set to watch real stars in the sky Friday night (but more about that later).
In addition to the planetarium, Meg and Clare enjoyed the hands-on science room as well as an area in which you can dig for fossils and pan for gem stones. Kids are even allowed to take home a fossil and gem.
After we finished at the museum, Meg and Clare attempted some kite flying.
After dinner, my sister and her husband pulled out their fire pit and our evening fun began. Meg and Clare made s'mores, which Meg referred to as a candy sandwich. The girls also picked flowers that my sister turned into fairy crowns.
At some point in the evening, my sister made a tent for Meg and Clare and they practiced camping out. By the light of an electric lantern, my sister read them Jane Yolen's Owl Moon. What a perfect night.
We had yet another adventure before leaving Saturday, but that story must wait another day.