target always seems to sponsor fun stuff in its neighborhoods,
and this was no exception.
the target family fun fair
— as a part of the shakespeare theatre company‘s annual free for all event —
was chock full of, well, fun!
we were greeted by a magician who made dollar coins disappear, reappear and grow.
once inside we went through several stations:
at station 1 they took head shots.
at station 2 they designed costumes with markers, stickers, puff-balls, colored paper and glitter glue.
at station 3 they viewed a model of a stage and then designed their own on paper.
at station 4 they practiced a few lines with coaching in different emotions.
(oh, the drama! i wish i’d pulled out the video camera.)
at station 5 they designed their advertising posters.
at station 6 they were interviewed, live, on camera about their experiences.
finally (whew!), they took a break from all that hard work
and decorated fans and their own kid-sized messenger bags
featuring bullseye, the target dog, driving a school bus.
the discovery room at the national museum of natural history
is museum-going for kids at its best.
from the moment we entered, the girls were busy with hands on exploration.
we’ve been to the natural history museum several times,
and each time we really enjoy ourselves,
but if you only can make one visit,
this is what the kids will enjoy and remember.
we easily spent an hour and change in here…
…and much more!
afterwards, on our way to see the hope diamond
the girl’s curiosity was piqued by the period-dressed manikins of the western cultures exhibit,
so we took a stroll through there and watched a few videos on archeology and life in the fertile crescent.
after we viewed the hope diamond,
we finished our visit at the hall of geology, gems and minerals.
before we headed home after a full and fun day at the natural history museum,
i let the girls eat a snack and then chase the birds among the shadows of the trees along the national mall
while i sat, reflected and recuperated.
…why does my hair stick to my comb?
well…ahem…our hair — thick and beautiful as it is — doesn’t usually stick to our comb,
so, part 1 of this experiment where you rub a balloon to your hair
and then watch it lift when you pull the balloon a short distance away
didn’t do diddly-squat on our tresses.
however, part two allowed us to see how an electric charge can make confetti dance!
…how does a telephone work?
even though we don’t have a land-line telephone
— we’re one of those types of families that have internet and mobiles only —
this was FUN FUN FUN!
especially during part two when we had to take the “phones” outside.
we crossed two lines on 8-meters of string each
and took turns broadcasting our message!