For our most recent early dismissal day, we started with lunch at Pizza Hut. That's not a normal thing for us. Meg is participating in Pizza Hut's decades old reading incentive program and needed to go to the restaurant to pick up her booklet as well as cash in her free personal pizza coupon. As for the rest of our adventure, we were off to the American Indian Museum. With Thanksgiving approaching, we decided an afternoon in the museum's imagiNATIONS (yes, the capitalization is correct) play area would be a great adventure.
The play area sits on the third floor of the museum and has a beautiful view of the Capitol Building Dome. I took a good look at the scaffolding currently around the Dome as the kids began some serious playing. They had the play area nearly to themselves and the older girls knew exactly what they wanted to do.
Meg and Clare headed to the "build your own igloo." Made from something like gym mats, kids can piece together these blocks by following the numbers printed on each block. If they carefully keep the spiral going in numerical order, they will soon create an igloo. Meg and Clare wanted to build the igloo and have a party inside after they were finished. A boy showed up as they worked and helped them finish it. He had different plans. He allowed them their party for about 45 seconds and then rammed into the side of the igloo, knocking all the blocks down. Wow, boys really do play differently. Surprisingly, they did not complain too much. They just moved on to the other areas in the room and held their parties in various Indian homes.
When the big girls finally finished the igloo, Ann was happy to play with them. She joined Clare in the stilt house where they worked on preparing lunch made of plastic fish and bananas (an interesting combination). All the girls had a wonderful afternoon. The imagiNATIONS play room proved to be a great adventure once again.