Thursday, July 2, 2009

the phoenix children's museum

so, after the craziness that was obtaining the culture pass, we made it to the children's museum and had endless fun. i really do love this museum and i feel like all three of my kids are at such good ages for it. jack is still just young enough to really enjoy almost all of the things they have there... even if he would just like to spend the entire time between the race cars and the noodle forest...





finn's favorite was absolutely the noodle forest. hundreds of foam pool noodles hanging from the ceiling to make a crazy jungle of noodles to run through. it was quite a work out keeping up with all the little crazies running every which way through there.


in the right-hand picture that's finn on the right and jimmy on the left. they get away from you so fast in there, we actually did lose them a couple times...
finn made up this game where he is a tree in the noodle forest. you just stand still in the middle of all the noodles with your arms straight at your side. then you say, "i am a tree." it is a pretty easy game.


there is the cutest little play grocery store at the museum with a back room for unloading boxes and a huge cart to fill and go load the shelves. then you can shop with a cart or basket. and finally they have the check out lines with the moving conveyor belt and cash register. this room was a little crazy with kids fighting for produce and shopping carts and wanting to have a turn at the cash register (we walked in at the same time as a field trip...). i had to actually restrain myself from trying to instill some sort of order or system for taking turns. i did convince finn to help me restock the shelves, which seems to be the least favorite of the parts to play. he thought it was fabulous, though. finally we left before i started organinzing the food on the shelves...




on to the pizza parlor where they have big rounds of fabric sewn into the dough and crust and then tons of fabric scraps to throw on for your pizza toppings. hot mits and aprons and plenty of ovens to bake your pizza in. lots more fun to be had...



thank you to erin for sharing your pictures with us, as we left our camera at home. after the museum we topped off the day with a trip to mojo yogurt. it was a very fun day and i highly recommend the children's museum to anyone with small kids. or any adult that is now dying to experience the noodle forest...

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