This was really cool: right as we were getting our tickets, we noticed these mosaics of famous paintings... made entirely of Jelly Belly jelly beans! Above is Van Gogh's Starry Night.
This is the fossil dig area... and it was different from any I have seen before. Most have sand, and I have seen one with tiny chunks of rubber, and the kids just shovel and sift through it to uncover the "bones." However, this one actually had tiny pebbles that are stuck together with some kind of substance and then hardened... and then the kids use hard plastic picks to really scrape away the bits of rock! They are required to wear goggles because of this, and it is slow going, like a real fossil dig would be. Cecilia is working on a panel in the wall...
Once we were in "Egypt," the girls explored some homes... Cecilia is baking pita bread in an outdoor oven.
Caroline and Chris put "acorns" in this tree and watched them go down the ramps... it either had a suction or blower device in it to move the balls up into the tubes.
After the program, we went to the top level of the museum (it has five levels!) to an area called Carousel Wishes and Dreams, with old-fashioned toys. Many were just on display in this maze... I showed the girls how this circa-1970s Fisher Price Castle worked... I used to play with it as a young child, maybe at our church nursery or a friend's house (or both)... they thought the trap door was pretty cool!
This treehouse was up really high... I know, because I climbed up the steep ramp with Cecilia! The girls climbed down through a hole in the floor which led down into the trunk of the tree.
Last, we went into the Barbie traveling exhibit for just a few minutes... I had to take pictures of this camper from the 70s, which I had as a child! And before I date myself as being older than I actually am, I played with it in the early to mid-80s. Somebody had a yard sale or gave it to use or something... it was not new when I got it and did not include all those hippies, ha ha! I do remember the folding chairs and the whole camper itself. The top could detach, and once we had it on the floor, upside-down, with some prongs sticking up. My brother Stephen jumped off the pool table and landed on one of the prongs, gashing the skin where his big toe began. Ahh, and that's one of my few Barbie memories, ha ha.
I also had this pool, given to us by the same people as the camper, most likely. I used it for the My Little Ponies and model horses to swim in. Again, I just had the pool... and maybe the slide and some of the fencing.
This is what caught the girls' eyes and made them want to go in: the reception desk with the poodles. It was just SO PINK, and I have girls who are mysteriously drawn to pink and girly-looking things... if I didn't see it happen, I wouldn't believe these girls came from me, ha ha, because I was not into pink at all as a kid!