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Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium

Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium

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Science is fun. Science is curiosity. We all have natural curiosity. Science is a process of investigating. It’s posing questions and coming up with a method. It’s delving in.

Taking our boys to Science Centers all over the country has been such a fun way to teach them Science.

The Flandrau Science Center was our morning outing yesterday before heading out to Saguaro National Park.

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium

 

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Climbing, climbing, and more climbing!

Have I ever mentioned that my boys love to climb? They climb rock walls, playground equipment, ladders, trees, walls, the countertop … they even try to climb me! In all of their climbing, thankfully they haven’t broken any bones yet. I was excited that the boys could burn off their energy on all of the different climbing structures that the Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa had to offer.

A large climber in the stairwell of the museum captured their attention immediately as we approached the second floor of the beautiful museum. Both the rock wall and the yellow box climber that were located on the second floor were also fun areas for our boys to show off their climbing skills, but the favorite was the large structure of suspended leaves. It encouraged the kids to pretend they were a tiny drop falling from a rain cloud onto leaves.

The three boys spent a good portion of our visit here. If we had been able to stay until closing time, they would have spent the entire last hour being raindrops. Our 8yr old, Joel, was a tiny bit cautious at first when he made his way to the edge of one of the leaves. He was worried the leaf would tip or sway. He discovered quickly that each leaf platform was completely stable and didn’t move and in no time at all, he’d come up with a fun game to play with the other kids there – hide-and-seek. Zachary, our 6yr old, move carefully throughout the maze of leaves, taking it all in little by little and picked up speed getting around as he became more confident. Our brave 4yr old, Ian, embraced the adventure before him immediately and tried to keep up with his big brothers without hesitation.

Joel and Zac always look out for their little brother and do what they can to help him when he’s unable to get somewhere by himself. I love watching their different personalities as they play with each other. They get along well together.

 

 

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Visiting the Glazer Children’s Museum, Tampa

We wanted to do something new and fun with our boys over March break, and there are so many fun places we haven’t explored yet in southwest Florida. Finding somewhere with things that interest an 8yr old, 6yr old, and 4yr old can be a little bit tricky. Children’s museum’s are always a hit with our busy boys.

We set off on an adventure to the Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa on Good Friday. The boys were thrilled that we got to park on the 4th floor of a parkade when we arrived at the museum and ride a glass elevator down to ground level. The museum is in a beautiful area of the city, with tall skyrises all around, and a perfect park with large fountain on the sidewalk. All of the exhibits captured our three boy’s attention, especially because the theme for the month was Math & Music, favorites in our house! It’s so fun seeing their excitement in doing such simple things, like painting with water on a chalk board, playing ‘Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star’ on a light-up piano, playing in a homemade fort, and dancing to music. Even though there is a 2yr+ age difference between each of the boys, they share a couple interest, climbing and dancing.

With such busy, active boys, this museum was like a huge playground to them. We love the hours we get to spend, discovering new things with them, and seeing the world through their eyes as the learn while they play. Climbing through the play structures they have there was the favorite part of the museum. Check out my next post about all the fun we had doing that! This is a museum we hope to return to some day.

 

 

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Holding an Alligator at Calusa Nature Center, Fort Myers

Ian’s face pretty well says it all. He was a little unsure at first but then realized how cool it actually was.