Field Trip.

Last week I took Ethan to the Science Center. We have been studying the solar system and dinosaurs in Mommy School. We spent the entire day there – or at least as long as we could. We dropped Laurel at school and didn’t leave until we had to go pick her up.

He loved every minute of it.

We wanted to watch a space show but alas, the projector was on the fritz. We watched an Omnimax presentation about life under the sea (narration by Jim Carrey, of all people). Ethan jumped every time a fish ate another fish.

He played with a flight simulator. The attendant told me they generally recommend them for ages 10 and up because younger kids get upset when they can’t fly the plane. Well, Ethan flew that plane. And he flew it. And flew it. It was time to go have lunch because we had event tickets for a certain time. After trying to get him to leave for several minutes, I said, “Hey, let’s see what happens if we push that stick ALL THE WAY FORWARD.” Well, a nosedive, of course. Ethan wasn’t able to pull up before crashing in the river. He was angry, it was of course all my fault, but by jove it got him out of there!

Naturally, we had to walk through Structures. I planned for this. I knew he would be compelled to stop. We built an arch. I had to help him with the last few pieces – it was just too tall. While he held the two #5 blocks in place (you’ll see them below), I dropped the capstone in.

“Whew,” I thought. “NOW we can go grab lunch.”

Nope. Ethan HAD TO HAD TO RIGHT NOW fix a truss bridge before going to lunch. We will leave nothing out of place, you know.

After lunch (he requested baby carrots with his sandwich – not chips!), we went to see the special Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit. Ethan roamed about intimidating the dinosaurs. The photos aren’t so hot, but I got a few with Ethan and then took a few without the flash in an attempt to capture the lighting. The dinos were animatronic. Some were apparently on motion sensors; some had buttons to push. All of it was fascinating. Naturally, we blew through the whole thing in about 10 minutes. 4-year-olds aren’t big on reading the fine print at each dinosaur.

We had lots of fun, but we’ll be back as soon as they get that projector fixed for the space shows.

Here are the highlights. You know the drill, mouse over for commentary.

Excavatin' His feet look that way because he's always hopping around The cost of sending a little boy to space -- or perhaps to Harvard Watching a shuttle launch He got super mad when I forced him into a nosedive and he crashed into the river He REFUSED to go to lunch until we fixed this bridge I had to help with the 5s and keystone but ONLY because he's too short Making his dinosaur face whilst eating baby carrots (if you can believe it) I don't know which is scarier Intimidating the animatronics Nice lighting This thing warbled. Incongruous