Yesterday I met up with an old friend of mine and her two little ones. We went to a Children’s Hands-On Museum in Tuscaloosa, Al. It was awesome. If you have a kid younger than 8 I would definitely suggest taking them there. It was $13 for me to get in and Stinkerbell was free due to being age 2. She had a blast. While it’s not a large museum there is plenty to keep the kids occupied. We stayed for 2 hours before we decided to leave for lunch. It was definitely worth the hour drive and the $13. We are already planning a second trip for next month! If you live nearby and haven’t been to this museum I suggest you pack the kids up for a day trip and go see all the fun stuff they have. Here are some pics from our adventure.
This was in an old time general store/post office room. There was a real cash register for the kids to see and use, and old time scale for them to weigh out different foods, and a post office they could pretend to put mail in. Stinkerbell decided that the mailboxes needed to have checkers in them…. Anyways, they also had, as you can see in the pic, checkers games for the kids to play.
This was in the kinetics science room. There were all kinds of different age appropriate science experiments for the kids to do. Here Stinkerbell is in a windroom that had balls flying all around her for her to catch and put in a basket. She LOVED it. We couldn’t get her out!
Below the first floor (entry level) there is a basement level for kids as well. This area has a pretend farm, sailboat, theatre room, reptiles and whatnot’s room, and a hospital area. The Hospital area is complete with waiting room, X-Ray room, nursery, reception area, and “visitor” services. Stinkerbell just went for her 2 year visit the other day and wanted to play with the Doctors stethoscope. She was so upset when she couldn’t. Boy was she excited to see they had ones for her to play with at the Museum. She pretended to feed and “listen” to the babies. Then she went over to the Hospital bedroom and took care of Curious George (who is amazingly a patient there!) Anyways, she had a blast.
My Pics don’t do it justice. There is so much that I can’t fit it all in here. Go check it out for yourself!
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As we we’re flying to California I snapped this photo with my I-Phone. I thought it was a cool pic so I decided to share it with y’all. Enjoy
On Tuesday I got up before the roosters did in order to get me and Stinkerbell (formerly known as Nuthead) on the road and headed towards my mother’s house. We arrived at her house at 8:30am. I attempted to call her like 50 times to tell her what time we would be there. I should have known better….. The woman never answers her phone. Anyways, when I was about 30 minutes out she finally answered the phone. I told her her that we were on the road and headed her way. She said, “what? I thought you were going to be here by 8:30?” At this point it was 8am. I then informed her that I would be at her house in 30 minutes because I left two hours ago. We get to my Mom’s house and she of course is still not ready. Why do I bother with calling ahead…. Bless my mom 🙂 Anyways we got there and loaded her up in the car and headed to Chattanooga to visit the Aquarium. Stinkerbell had a blast spending the day with her Granny and the fishes/sea creatures. She pointed at everything with glee and shrieked as loud as she could. By the time we were done and in the gift shop, she completely passed out in her stroller.
Here is Stinkerbell and her Granny at the beginning of the tour:
The first stop on our underwater (but not really) adventure began with the Ocean Journey. Here is where we saw all ocean creatures large and small. In the Ocean Journey tour we started at the Stingray tank. Stinkerbell was able to stick her hands in the water at this one. She LOVED it and really had fun watching the Stingrays swim by.
There were also some really cool looking freshwater stingrays (don’t worry, they’re only found in Africa.)
Next we went into the large tank area that houses hundreds of different fish. It was nothing else but impressive to see. Here are a few pics:
I WILL EAT YOU!
This guy looks like a nuke that went off
After we saw all of the intriguing creatures that roam the Ocean’s depths we ventured on to the River Journey tour. When you enter the building you walk down a large ramp at a small decline that wraps around the building for four levels. It’s pretty neat and VERY stroller friendly (always a plus :)) Here are some pics from our river experience:
Pointing at the Otter
That fish felt GROSS! I only screeched a little when I touched it.....
A turtle and his reflection (top)
What choo lookin' at foo?
Last I leave you with this thing: