Monday, August 17, 2009

Butterfly Exhibit and Children's Museum Field Trip

I took the kids to our local Children's museum this past Friday for a "Field Trip". I'd been wanting to go all summer to see the Butterfly Exhibit they have through October. We finally made it and we were impressed with it too. I knew Hanna would be in butterfly heaven considering she is somewhat obsessed with butterflies in general:-). We stayed in the exhibit for about an hour just looking at all of them, and the pretty flowers they had around. They had butterfly guides available. I had Joe get one and play a game of "I Spy" with his. He loved this, and found lots of different types once I initiated the game.


Hanna actually caught several butterflies on her hand. This was the highlight for her.

Jack wasn't allowed to get down and I couldn't bring the stroller in either (exhibit rules)--so I held him the whole hour--this was challenging, but it did end up working out ok, and I managed to get some good pictures even with one hand:-). Even having to be held, (which luckily he likes) he enjoyed looking at all the butterflies and seeing some up close on the plants and flowers.

After the exhibit I let the kids have fun in the museum. Their first stop was the life sized boy in the front. The inside of this boy is filled with slides, tunnels and passages that are play areas of the different parts of the human body--eyes, brain, stomach and so forth.

Hanna and Joe had fun with the large Operation game.

They also enjoyed "grocery shopping".

Joe and Jack enjoyed playing around on the farm getting eggs from the chickens and "riding" the tractor.

Hanna and Joe stopped for a camel ride in Timbuktu.

We lost Jack in Timbuktu and found him a few exhibits over on the human piano.

This was it for Mom. After frantically running through this part of the museum calling for Jack (and yes, I'm a mom who always wondered "How in the world does anyone lose a child?!") and then finding him so far away we called it a day and headed home. Despite this one upset we really did have a great time! We always enjoy this museum. There is so much to do, and the butterfly exhibit was beautiful!


  1. That is so neat that you have so many wonderful local places to visit for field trips! I can imagine how neat the Butterfly pavilion was! I took the kids a couple years ago and I remember holding my youngest on my hip the entire time too! And we had to be careful of all the butterflies on the ground - except we were not allowed to hold them. So neat that Hanna was able to do that! What fun! Oh, except for the Jack scare - glad you found him okay!

  2. I really like that huge Operation game. Nice photos.

  3. What an awesome excursion. I would of loved to take my children to something like that.

  4. it's all wonderful and I would have been thrilled to have a butterfly land on me :-) that butterfly pic is beautiful!

  5. Sounds like you had a great time, except for the momentary loss... those are scary, I know.

    Love the pictures.

    Thanks for sharing.


  6. What a great day! I really like the big Operation game. I've been wanting to get that game for Abby.

  7. I LOVE Operation! That was one of my most favorite games to play when I was in 6th grade. Imagine my shock when I grew up ,and as a nurse, had to study & attend actual operations! Everything's the same color in there, lol!!!

  8. You are truly a supermom. Taking three kids to the museum, carrying your toddler while 8 months pregnant and managing to take such beautiful pictures. It must be some other mom who lost that toddler for a minute. LOL. This museum looks like so much fun, and it makes me want to bring Anna back to our local Children Museum. It's more technology oriented (not surprising in the Silicon Valley), but still very interesting to visit.

  9. Looks like you all had a fun time! My son would love the grocery store and the farm! :)

  10. Butterfly exhibits are wonderful - we went to one this summer too, and Emma still talks about it!