Friday, August 10, 2012

Stillwater Wondertorium

Last weekend, Dan suggested we take a road trip to Stillwater.  I had seen an ad for a children's museum there called The Wondertorium.  We didn't really know what to expect, but it was a chance to get out of the apartment and let the kids run around.  We thought we'd also have lunch

So we loaded up and headed for Stillwater on Saturday morning.  The Wondertorium was pretty impressive.  I really didn't think there would be much of a "wow" factor, but the facility was large, bright, and FULL of interactive displays.  You can even have your birthday party at The Wondertorium, and on this particular day, there was a party going on.  The hosts even invited Pistol Pete to make a special appearance.  I asked William if he wanted his picture taken with Pete, and I cracked up because William could have cared less about the big ol' man in the orange clothes.  He was kinda like, "huh?  who is that guy?"  HA!

The first activity William tried was an enormous maze of tubes with air blowing though it.  You put a ball inside the tubes and watch it zoom through the maze and fly out the end.  He LOVED this and played with it for a really long time.  Adeline even got into it and watched the balls fly around.  She would shout, "WWOOOWWWW! OOOOOOO!!!!"  

Adeline also liked the career stations.  She found the hospital nursery and stole a doll from the bassinet.  She carried the baby around for awhile and showed her how to go down the tree house slide.  Adeline would yell, "WEEEEEEEEEE!" and watch the baby land in the pit. 

Her other career of choice was answering phones at the work desk.  She sat on Dada's lap and banged on the computer keyboard while multi-tasking to answer important phone calls.  Perhaps she'll answer the phones in the White House Social Office one day! 

Aside from the maze, William really got a kick out of playing grocery store.  He spent a long time acting as the cashier for the old fashioned general store.  Several kids played along with him and he took his job VERY SERIOUSLY when ringing up his customers.  

Adeline played the role of a poor little girl peddling apples for pennies.  Dada played the part of a demanding old man who wanted sewing notions.  William ran around fulfilling the order and charged him $0.39 total.  What a bargain back in the day!  Even after we left the museum, William talked quite a bit about the general store and asked me lots of questions about what it was like in the old days. 

Both the kids spent time at the water table and I was so glad that I took Adeline's long sleeved bib.  She wore it at the water table and I think it kept her from drowning! 

We played in the glow in the dark room, built obstacle courses using pipes and golf balls, and explored the guts of the human body at the hospital area. 

After about 1.5 hours playing and running around, we headed to Eskimo Joe's for lunch.  But, there was a 1.5 hour wait to eat!  YIKES!  So Dada found a random BBQ joint called Bad Brad's BBQ and the four of us feasted on some good grub.  We headed home with two tired kiddos.  The day was very fun and a great way to get out of the house on a beastly hot day!


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