Thursday, June 14, 2012

A visit to the Montshire

I'm going to skip the goals post for this week since it is already Thursday (yikes! how did that happen?) and instead tell you about our family field trip on Monday! We took a trip over to VT to the Montshire Museum of Science, just like we did last year to celebrate the end of school. I apologize in advance for the number of pictures on this post, but I thought it would be fun for you to get a peek at our day, and in this case it is easier to do that with pictures than with words!
Using magnets to move shapes around in water
Learning about viscosity
A painted turtle
Observing dry ice changing from a solid to a gas
Sam especially liked the chaotic wrench.
These foam balls and air tubes are a big hit with our kids!
Fun with gears
The spinning table
Josiah played in "Andy's Place" for a little while (a special section for kids 5 and under). Here he was looking through a periscope.
Playing with balls
My two builders . . . :)
The kids love to sit and watch this ball-roller-contraption. It can keep them entertained for a LONG time!
Eating a picnic lunch in the pavilion
Although you can't really tell in this picture, the stone ball they are sitting on is engraved to look like the world.
Now Julia is on top of the world! :)
Playing with wind socks
Heading up the stairs to the bridge to go back inside after lunch
Checking out the bees . . .
I don't remember what this is called, but you spin the handle and balls roll through the maze, creating all kinds of noise. One of Sam's favorite exhibits! :)
What a cute little puppy! :)
Looking down from a balcony at Jim and Sam studying the leaf cutter ants.
View of the museum grounds and Connecticut River from the tower.
The bubbles were one of my favorite exhibits when I was a kid. My kiddos enjoy them, too!

Around 3:30 or so, the younger kids and I headed outside to explore the water exhibits. I changed them into swimming clothes and then they got busy splashing! Sam and Jim stayed inside for close to another hour, eventually joining us outside, but I didn't end up getting any pictures of Sam in the water.

Julia rescued this cute little caterpillar from the water.
Fun with fountains
Happy girl!
As you can tell, we all had a wonderful time! We hope to make the museum visit an annual event. It's such a great place for kids to explore science at their own level. Next year we will hopefully go earlier in the day so we have more time there and can walk some of the hiking trails, too. There is so much to see and do, it's hard to fit it all in. :)


Nikki said...

Hi Carrie,
That looked like sooo much fun. Can you believe we have never gone there? How embarrassing.

Mary Ann said...

That looks like a fabulous museum! I think I want to go there myself!
I'm glad you were able to have a day to celebrate the end of school as a family :-)

Mrs. Smith said...

Enjoyed seeing all the pictures of your family fun day! Hope you guys are having a great summer break!

1HappyWife said...

Looks like an absolutely wonderful time! What a great way to celebrate the end of school.
Only apologize when you put just a few pictures up :) ...I always enjoy lots of pictures :).