Ok, back to the Aquarium.
I was SO bugged, and no — it wasn’t all because of the flamingos…
Every screen, every button, that’s all they wanted to do! I found myself at the touch tank saying — “TOUCH SOMETHING REAL, stop touching the computer” and of course, Spencer was too scared to do that, but finally I got him to brush the tip of his finger (possibly just the nail) over the top of a starfish.
They wanted to spend all their time at the computer screens, and none of it staring off into the great big blue of the tanks.
Now, some of that could be the fact this is our third trip this year (trying to get as much out of our memberships as we can). We aren’t headed back any time soon because I too have had my fill of the aquarium.
It made me think back to my youth. I remember going to a Boston science museum, and there were so many “hands on” things! I LOVED it. I think museums have realized that kids love to touch and move stuff and sometimes be crazy (the aqarium even has a little play structure, and they were all BEGGING to use that.
Drew and I were left to wonder why we didn’t save the over 100 dollar membership and just stay home with our swingset and computer!
Sometimes I think all those hands on things get in the way of the real glory. Staring at the giant kelp forrest, wondering what kind of a God could think up all those fish! Of course, musuems have gotten more amazing at the same time.
Even the day when we went to Gilroy Gardens a few weeks ago they were BEGGING to go on the playstructure. I get why they’re there and it’s nice to pull P out of the stroller and let her roam a bit, but really? We have a swing set at home, and a nice park we can walk to within minutes (and TONS we can drive to in 10).
It’s making me re-think some of our field trips, and how we spend money around our kids. I wonder if my dollar could make me happier dipping chocolate at La Fondue then it does hauling them to a new musuem. 🙂 It also made me want to take them aside before the next trip and ask them to find 5 amazing things. And none of them can invole a handle you pull so a light goes on. 🙂