Thursday, July 23, 2009

Summer Ramblin': Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum


It's been a pretty good summer, though not nearly as structured as I'd planned in May. (The schedule I'd taped to our pantry is now generously covered with dinosaurs and elaborate flower cutouts.)

The last few days have been kinda sprinkly/gray, and yesterday I spent most of the day with my nose in the computer, trying to turn around a few corrections to my latest book: My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories. (Published by Tommy Nelson in February 2010; details on that another time.)

So . . . today, we played: a day at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum!!! Four floors of science fun, from rock wall climbing to water tables to giant bubble makers to electronics and a harp without strings. Cool stuff. They have a new infrared display, when you dance in front of it you appear in a spectrum of colors: white, red, yellow, orange, green, blue (in order of descending coolness). I was a big ball of yellow . . . Chris had big bloches of blue, especially his feet. (Turns out he had stomped in a water puddle when my back was turned, and his feet were soaked.)

About 3, an alarm went off -- fire drill! So we ended our day with a trip to Kilwin's for cones and spinkles. Caramel apples in the window, chocolate-cover graham crackers cooling on the side. Yum.

What's your favorite summertime outing -- rain or shine?

1 comment:

Erin, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum said...

Hi Heidi! My name is Erin and I am one of the blog contributors for the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Your blog popped up in my reader because you mentioned the Museum. Glad you had so much fun visiting, and that you enjoyed the new infrared camera. Sounds like you really got the technology behind it too!

I enjoyed reading some of your other posts as well - especially the comment about duct tape on road trips! Have fun!