Science Center

So, having received a gift membership for the science center we of course had to go the next day.  Which we did.

As I have mentioned before, five years ago or so we had a membership. We loved it but we had a car that broke down all the time and seemed to have the attitude that the further from home the better. I also have no sense of direction and tend to get lost easily (though I refuse to call it lost– “I” may not know where I am but God does so I know I am not completely lost. Plus, I usually know where I am and where I want to be, just not how to get from here to there.:) So we call them adventures.) And the Science Center is kind of tricky to get to and leave unless you know Pittsburgh really well (which I don’t) or have a GPS (which I didn’t). So between getting lost and the car breaking down in weird out of the way places we didn’t actually make it to the Science Center that often, instead choosing to go to the Art and Natural History museum which is easy for me to find since some of my early driving experience was in that part of town.

So this time we are determined to get full usage of the Science Center as well as the Art and Natural history Museums.

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To start, Issac insisted on going to the 1st floor stuff for a short visit (because the girls wanted to go to the Sports Works first). Rachel and Issac decided to start with the earthquake simulator. Did you know it is really hard to take a decent photo in an earthquake? Just saying.
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Issac adores all things “science” (what he calls it– I would say specifically he loves all things physics, light, and electrical) so the directional light/laser thing really caught his fancy.
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The earthquake machine has been a favorite of all three since they wee small. Esther got really interested this time and discovered sectioning off the building as a means of keeping it standing. This led to a later discussion of load bearing walls/beams and how buildings are made structurally sound.

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Issac also has a thing for paper airplanes, so the paper airplane wind tunnel was a favorite.

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Rachel and Issac practicing flying– or at least properly flapping their wings like a bird in flight.
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The girls then got their turn to choose so we headed over to the Sports Works. Issac could care less about the sports works and pretty much spent his time looking at all the how it works displays while the girls waited in line to climb walls and jump. He also spent a lot of time here, watching people try to pitch as hard as they could.
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And this is what the girls were doing.
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Waiting in line. Though Esther spent some time doing this:
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She is a total video game geek and has absolutely no problem being the only girl in a group (in fact I think she feels more comfortable that way.)
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I think these are my favorite shots for the day. She is so much like I was, and loves the same things I did, but unlike me she has no fear and will happily jump in where others dare not tread. So yes, I am proud of her, my sweet little geekling.
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I am also proud of this. Rachel did this multiple times. You have to pedal yourself out backwards and then bring yourself back. Both girls did it with barely a flinch.

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As I mentioned, Issac loves physics and circuits and the 4th floor is a favorite place of his.
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Meanwhile the girls much prefer the physical activities or things that involves computers. The water table was a favorite for both girls.
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Esther became obsessed with the flow of water and making the dam work.
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And immediately after this photo my camera batteries died (because I forgot to bring rechargeables).I have tons more on my phone but for some reason it isn’t transferring properly so I will add those to the slideshow once I find the usb cable to transfer that way.

Other highlights of the day?

I was reminded once again that Esther REALLY needs some sort of activity involving a stage or a video camera and her in front of it. Her favorite Science Center activity is being weather girl in a semi authentic studio and getting to use the teleprompter and seeing herself on tv. She also loves all things on stage and I need to get over my aversion to running and find some sort of acting/stage opportunity for her to try out.

Rachel prefers the Sports Works to anything else and wanted to spend the entire day over there waiting in line trying things out. Both girls enjoyed rockclimbing (even though they both got scared when coming down (it was their first time.) Esther wants to go back and do the jumping some more and Rachel wants to go on the roller coaster and do the unicycle multiple more times.

Issac was thrilled to explore the miniature railroad again (he has been a train enthusiast since birth, I think.) Even more thrilling was that one of the volunteers pulled us aside and showed us the backroom where they build everything, showed us all sorts of models they are working on and repairing, including a preview of some of the things that will be revealed in the next remake of the miniature railroad (they shut down Oct. 1 through the end of November each year in order to redo the whole thing.) The kids asked all sorts of questions and he willingly explained everything. Rachel was busy in the robot room and missed it.

And then, on the way home, once again we got lost (because a street the map said to go was CLOSED! and it was storming, and rush hour.  So we did what any normal person would do and called my sister-in-law who knows Pittsburgh much better than I to tell us what to do.  And then we messed up and were about to call her back when I found out that my phone DOES have free GPS now (it didn’t before) and it works so it talked us through that and we arrived at my grandmother’s safely after all.  And she fed us, which was nice after such a long day.  (This is perfectly normal when riding with me, as my children will tell you.  It’s an ADVENTURE!

And once again I want to thank Jethro and family for the membership! Too awesome!!!! And if you are in the area and want to go with us drop me an email– we can take 5 guests! YAH!