Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Childrens Museum Of The Lowcountry

Originally uploaded by xosunnydaysxo.
So, quickly approaching is Gabriel's 3rd birthday. I've sort of made up my mind that this year I would not be hosting his birthday at home. With work and school and life's everyday whatevers, it gets tiring for me to clean before AND after the party, plus entertain and get everything ready. So, I started to look into other options for this year.

After some searching around online, I remembered that my godsister Jen had mentioned something about a Children's Museum downtown. And before long me, Jen, and the birthday boy to be were on our way to check things out.

On our way to pick Jen up, Gabriel was way past his naptime, and promptly fell asleep in the car. But once we got downtown and into the museum, he was wide-eyed and ready to explore!


So, each room in the museum is a different theme of an exhibit, and the idea is for the children to be able to learn about things hands-on. For example, one room taught them about the weather. The kids can actually make the cloud on top of the room rain, and the water falls into a river. They can also make the sun shine, which demonstrates how evaporation occurs, and even open the dams to release water into the river and watch the city of Charleston light up from hydropower. Gabriel loved playing with the boats along the river, and watching them go along the waterway. They even have little smocks to prevent them from getting their clothes wet.

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Perhaps my favorite exhibit was the one with a shrimp boat. The room was designed to look like a dock with a large shrimp boat the kids can actually get on. On board, they can cast nets "overboard" and hopefully get a big catch. Of course their big catch is other kids standing in the water (blue carpet), and placing crabs, fish, shrimp, etc. into the net. Once you pull your net back onto the boat, you can then walk onto the dock and place your catch onto a conveyer belt. Gabriel really thought this was cool, cause he was able to crank his catch along the belt, and then place them onto a scale to see how well he did for the day. Also on the boat, you can even go inside of the cabin where there are sleeping quarters complete with a little bathroom and a cooking area. Wanna be a captain? You can sit up front and "control" the ship too and even push buttons to make thunder sound. Rain jackets and rain boots are provided for extra effects too. Super cute.

There are actually other exhibits, and I think that it is safe to say that Gabriel enjoyed them all. I take that back. He didn't seem much interested in the arts and crafts area. Once I saw how much he enjoyed our visit, I knew that this was the place to hold his birthday party. I'm very much looking forward to it, and hope that you all can make it too!!


At 5:01 PM, Blogger Ava's Days said...

Oh cool! We definitely need to move back! We are missing so much fun!

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