Monday, July 15, 2013

McKenna Children’s Museum

I’ve been wanting to take the kids up to New Braunfels to check out their children’s museum, so I was really excited that Brian bought some tickets when they popped up on Groupon. The kids really enjoyed the indoor and outdoor play areas (although it was a little drizzly the day we went). I took way too many pictures, but there was just so much to see! :)

Na na na na na na na na…

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BAT BEN!

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They had a small aquarium with some alligators and turtles in it, which apparently caused Ben to make this creepy face.

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We headed outside the first chance we got (while there was a break in the rain). Noah made fast friends with Mr. Seal.

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Then all 3 gremlins hopped up onto Mr. Camel.

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Noah tapped out some sweet tunes on the piano…

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while Grace made her own music on the xylophone.

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Brian & Ben were testing out the different elements on the ginormous water table.

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Speaking of ginormous, they had this really cool climbing thingy. You can see teeny Grace starting to make her way up.

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And there’s Ben all the way at the top.

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Ben put together this see saw in the foam area and then he took his brother for a ride.

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After the kids tried everything outside, we headed back in. Grace went straight for the grocery store.

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Noah, knowing how much his sister loves carbs, reminded her not to forget the bread.

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With the shopping done and the groceries put away, we headed to the hospital. The boys did a full work up on Daddy in the ambulance.

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Gracie scrubbed in just in time to admit this newborn into the nursery.

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She gave him a clean bill of health.

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Noah headed to the next room to play Dance Dance Revolution (or whatever this floor-video game thing was).

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My junior scientist spent some time looking at slides.

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Brian did a few more activities with Ben while I took Grace & Noah into the art room.

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I love the colors Noah chose for his painting.

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I did NOT love how he sucked on his paint-covered fingers when he was done.

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Brian came in to check on us and it was a few minutes before I realized he didn’t have Ben with him. I went out to look for the man child and found him wandering around looking worried and sad.

His art project pretty much says it all.

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“Please tell me where your going from now on!!!! (angry face)"

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One of the last areas we visited was the space station. Ben put on an astronaut uniform.

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Then we took turns seeing how fast we could play the sort the planets game. Brian competed with his eyes closed.

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The boys headed outside to run around for a few more minutes while Gracie played dress up on the prairie. She and I were sitting on the teeny couch in the cabin having a nice tea party when a kid climbed through the window behind us and shouted, “I’m robbin’ yo house!” There’s nothing like a little pretend crime to bring you back to reality.

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Make-believe burglaries aside, we enjoyed ourselves and would recommend visiting the McKenna Children’s Museum – especially if you can catch one of the Groupons for a deal on admission!

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