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Texas: Children’s Museum

On one of the days in Texas, Grandma and Grandpa treated us to a trip to the Children’s Museum. It was so nice. The kids had a great time and we had fun along with them, especially when since we got to hang out in the a/c and avoid high temps. It was just announced about a month ago that we’ll be getting a Children’s Museum in our area. We have to wait until 2015, but we’re excited that will be an option for us so close to home.

The first thing we saw was a big multi-level train track that you could push buttons to make the trains go. Both kids loved this, but Finn in particular was fascinated. He kept wanting to go back to that train and then stayed there walking around the display following the train.

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The transportation room was a big hit.



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That little kitchen had our exact same counter tops. That was weird. Glad my cabinets aren’t that short at home.

They had a huge tea room and a room with dress up clothes from around the world. Every little girl’s dream.


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Finn tested levers and how the difficulty changes depending on the length. Must be a guy thing to be fascinated by that. He stayed at that thing for a really long time.


Finn had a great time in the music room (Mia did too but it was about this time that my camera ran out of battery so picture taking got a little more complicated).


I remember thinking it would be so cool to play one of these.


The sound booth. Playing percussion. Nice and loud. He loved it, of course.

Mia pulling a giant bubble around herself.


Outside they had nine buildings dating from the 1890s that were moved to the museum grounds. About half were the peek in kind, but the other half actually let you go in and walk around. Mia slipped into the teacher role a little too easily, if you know what I mean. She immediately walked up there and started her lesson, making sure her students (Grandma and Grandpa) were following along in the right book. Fortunately, the lesson was short and she dismissed to recess pretty quickly.





I love Finn’s face in this one.

It was the perfect way to spend the afternoon. Thanks for taking us, Grandma and Grandpa!

It’s all great until somebody has to take a bath

Face painting.

That booth at every great kid event that is bound to be at least a 30 minute wait in 95+ degrees. The activity that makes that wait seem worth it, even if all you get is a few squiggles near your eyes. Because they’re not just squiggles, your face has been transformed into a beautiful butterfly. When the girl sees that butterfly? The look on her face makes the wait worth it. Besides, it’s a one on one opportunity with a captive audience. Perfect for conversations. Maybe when she’s a teenager we’ll have to find the face painting line equivalent….

So that was where I found myself yesterday evening during church camp’s closing event. But this time she chose well, no small squiggles in the corners of her eyes. That wait in line was definitely worth it for Hello Kitty.


Probably best face painting design we’ve ever gotten.

But the best design also means the worst experience convincing her that she has to wipe it off before bed. And telling a 4 year old that she has a picture of it and she can look at it and remember is NOT the same. Just in case you were wondering. Because “I don’t want to look at it in a picture, I want to feel it and have it on my face!!!” Crying, sobbing, paint running drama…. Was that wait still worth it when you’re hearing all of that sadness and you’re having to pin her down to wipe it off? Absolutely. The look on her face and the way she ran to her dad to show him tells me it is.

So the next time there’s face painting, you’ll probably find us waiting in line. It will probably be hot and in direct sun and there will most definitely be tears when it’s time to wipe it off. But there will be moments of opportunity to spend time connecting in that line and there will be gasps and squeals and laughter at the reveal.

It will be worth it. Even if it is just a few squiggles around the eyes. But here’s hoping for another Hello Kitty…