So, I booted out of work way early today and joined Sandy, Carly and little Seth for a day at R.P.I.'s Junior Museum. I hadn't been there since I was a kid and when they mentioned going I was so excited to tag along. It was pretty cool but they eliminated quite a bit of the original stuff, from what I remember...the highlights of the original museum are gone. Bummer. Still, we had a good time. Lots of animals and hands-on science projects for kids. They had little tide pools set up that had half a dozen horseshoe crabs in them and they were, by far, my favorite part of the day. You could tell we got there pretty close to their normal feeding time because they were literally crawling all over each other trying to get at you.
Elis is in the process of folding 1,000 paper cranes and the set-up in the lobby reminded me of her. Here are a few pictures:
Overall it was a good trip. The museum was small and there was very little to do, but it was nice to do something different for a change, and it was certainly nice to get the hell out of work for a while.
As you get to the end of the museum path, they have one of those interactive projectors where you can wave your arms around in the air in front of a screen and make the image change. They alternated between a screen where the planets were falling out of the sky and you had to keep "tapping" them from the bottom (like a volleyball) to keep them from hitting the bottom of the screen, and a water image where the water rippled and moved around when you moved around in the image. Pretty neat.
Oh, and I'm not a fan of wild animals kept in captivity for any reason, but check out these beautiful owls they had in cages: