Last summer, while on vacation in Rhode Island, Anne saw a commercial on Disney Jr. for Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit. This is a travelling exhibit put together by the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. It is a hands-on experience in which kids can give examinations, pretend to operate and care for dolls in a nursery. Anne immediately wanted to go to the Exhibit. The problem was that is was in California at the time. After some research, I discovered it was going to be in Reading, Pennsylvania, in Spring 2018. Reading is not particularly close to us, but it is driveable. I made no promises to Anne. I kept my mouth shut and waited to see if a day would open up in which I could take her.
In March, such a day did arrive. I checked with Meg and Clare to see if they wanted to go. Clare was quickly on board. Meg gave it some thought but decided she didn't want to be left out of a road trip. We kept everything quiet until right before we left. When we finally told Anne, this was her response:
When we finally arrived at the Reading Public Museum, Anne was a bit overcome and needed some time to acclimate herself to the Exhibit. She spent a lot of time in the clinic examining dolls. She would occasionally make her way over to the surgical area, but instead of performing surgery, she mostly reinflated the inflatable dog.