We were lucky enough to have a beekeeping event hosted in our hometown. I took the boys and the highlight of the event for us was certainly drone petting. The beekeepers gave each (willing) child a drone to hold and pet. The drones were very gentle!
I loved that Ender was willing to hold a drone and he loved feeling it crawl all over his arm. I felt that Atlas was still a little too young to hold the drone, as I was worried that he would crush it. But he certainly enjoyed watching it crawl on big brother!
We have a great little kid’s museum near our house. It’s the kind with kid-sized stores, hospitals, banks, etc.
One great thing about the community we live in is that each month, a local business will sponsor a “free” day at this kid’s museum. So last week, we took advantage of one of these free days and spent the chilly afternoon at the museum!
Ender had actually been sick at school but perked up in order to enjoy the museum.
I think the boys’ favorite part of the museum was the little grocery store. It had the packaging from real food items. It also had little tiny grocery carts, little mini conveyor belts, and working cash registers that provided real receipts!
The first time we visited this museum, the hospital (complete with ambulance) was the runaway hit for the boys. This time, they weren’t quite as into it. Ender was giving the doll a shot in her eye, which sounds pretty horrifying.
Another big hit is the water table. The water table has pegs into which you can slide these plastic rectangles in order to direct the flow of water. This is useful for creating areas for Atlas where his toys won’t float away. Ender really loves the fishing toys (magnetic poles and fish).
The museum has quite a few agricultural displays. For example, they have a gardening plot, a display about farm animals, this really neat grain conveyor belt, and several pieces of farm equipment you can climb into. Ender just wanted to try to lock Atlas in the barn.
This was a really great to spend the chilly afternoon and I hope we can do it again next month!
It was significantly warmer than it has been this past Sunday. We took advantage of the warm weather to try out the awesome sledding hill near our house.
The hill is actually super huge. It starts out as a very tall hill (like 100 yards up maybe?), then flattens out over a road, which is closed in the winter, then finishes with a much smaller hill (maybe 25 yards). We spent most of our time on the smaller hill at the bottom.
Ender LOVED sledding. He just laughed and giggled the entire time. At one point, he got sick of walking back up the hill after sledding down and started crying. I mean, I totally understand. Walking back up the hill after sledding down is a real bummer.
Atlas sat in our awesome wooden baby sled, which was a gift for Ender’s first Christmas from my parents. It’s got a back and a cushion, so it’s great for pulling kids around in. I did try taking Atlas down the hill once, but he seemed scared and cried as we were going down. So maybe he’s a bit too young to enjoy sledding!
The only mishap of the day happened when a Ender’s sled collided with another kid’s sled. Yeah, he cried. But he got over it and still wanted to sled after that. Oh, and when we were pulling the kids to the hill from our house, the sled tipped over TWICE, sending Atlas face-first into the snow. He didn’t seem upset, though, just confused!
We came home afterwards and enjoyed some warm chamomile tea to warm up!