family fun at the national building museum

once again at the national building museum,
this time we checked out one of the family tool kits called
“patterns: here, there, everywhere!”
for a small $5 fee (for non-members)
we examined patterns throughout the museum’s great hall,
created our own patterns using stamps and rubbings,
and made musical patterns with drums, cymbals and a triangle.
there are also mini bricks that you can use to make a patterns
but they were missing from ours.
if you get a tool kis, don’t be like me
— too eager to get started —
and skip over the supply list.
make sure you have all your tools so you can maximize your fun-quotient from the toolkit.

exploring the patterns family toolkit

also in the great hall we tried our hand at building a 7-foot tall arch from soft blocks.
we’ll have to go back with daddy and try this one again.
we saw another group actually succeed in building it, but they had 4 adults!

attempting the build the arch

strewn near the end of the great hall were lots of building blocks of all shapes, colors and sizes.
after failing miserably at building the arch,
we took a few minutes to build with blocks more on our scale.

then we went to the building zone for a bit of pretend play.
there were costumes, books, toy trucks, puzzles, a doll house and more blocks,
but the piece de resistance for me was the playhouse with green features
like jean insulation and a solar panel.
the building zone is for ages 2-6,
but sweet miss Erma let us go in as a family so we wouldn’t be split up.

police officer aya
fix-it-woman rahmah
house tour of the ultimate green playhouse

what’s your favorite thing to do at the national building museum?


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