This summer we decided to get a membership to the Science Museum of Virginia, and we were happy we did because we found out that it gave us a reciprocal membership to other museums, including the Orlando Science Center in Florida!
This was fun- they had an area where you could make your own paper airplanes and then use a special launcher to shoot them at some targets.
Here is Tyson working on making some tsunami-sized waves in this big water tank.
This was a platform that shook to simulate an earthquake. Christine held Moppy tight so she wouldn't get scared!
Here are Christine, Moppy, and Charlotte in a hurricane simulator. Boy, did it get windy in there!
Peekaboo! Moppy loved checking out this super cool geode.
Charlotte, Christine, and Tyson did some engineering of their own to design this neat place for Moppy to relax.
We loved the windowed elevator and the cool trees in the science center's atrium.
Christine and Moppy "dig" for fossils in the dinosaur room. That material isn't dirt- it's actually shredded tires!
Moppy really got into it- she even tried on this cool archaeologist's hat!
The kids played with some iron ferrite and magnets. It made some cool effects!
In one part of the museum they had a machine that would take your picture and then use a computer program to change your image to a different race or gender. Since Moppy is joining us from Japan this summer, I changed my image to Asian. I loved how it turned out! Not quite as beautiful as Yuki's mom, but close! ;-)
Charlotte decided to give it a try with Moppy.
Yikes! This program clearly wasn't designed for little pink monsters!!
Audrey gave Moppy a ride by pulling on this rope and lifting them both up using a pulley. What a great machine a pulley is!
I tried it too- it was pretty tough!
The lower level had all kinds of plants and animals. It was like walking through nature!
Here is Moppy with a mangrove tree. These are very common trees in Florida, and they are known for their prominent roots. They are very protected as well- we found out on our boat tour that some homeowners were fined over TWO MILLION dollars for clearing some mangroves off their property! Wowsa!
Here is Moppy checking out some neat fish in this aquarium. Look at all that beautiful coral.
Later, Christine had a chance to "pick" some oranges from this pretend orange grove. Oranges are a huge crop in Florida. They grow really well in the tropical climate.
She and Moppy took their orange harvest to the "factory" where they got to send them through some machines that pretended to wash and sort them. It was really fun!
We took a photo on this rainbow bridge on our way out. See all those hearts hanging from the ceiling? They're made of paper- origami, in fact!
And this doesn't have to do with the Orlando Science Center, but just consider it a bonus- this is where our room was at the resort:
Can you see the kids and Moppy? They're on the second balcony from the top!
We had a great view from up there. We had a blast in Florida but we were happy to get home, too. We look forward to sharing more of our summer adventures in Virginia with you.