Monday, February 25, 2013

Imagine Nation Museum

Connecticut has so many great museums for kids and Imagine Nation Museum in Bristol,CT is one of them. Last weekend we decided to try it out with our daughter.
It was a nice bright space with loads of things to do. There was a kitchen play space and a market place with shopping carts and groceries. Usually my DD always wants to spend a lot of time in these places but that day was different..she just wasn't interested in it. She ran across to play on the Rubber band Wall..something she hadn't seen before:)

 We then went over to the little corner with puzzles and books. There was a little mail box in that room and all she wanted to do was take out mail from behind and put it back in the mail box.

After this we went into the Construction Room which had big building blocks and nuts and screws and DD spent a good amount of time playing with those.

There were two levels in the museum so after playing with nuts and screws we went upstairs to check out the next level.

Now this level had a Water Room where you could make giant bubbles or catch fish or paint with water.

Couldn't get pictures for the other stuff:(
Anyways, the next room had some live creatures for the kids to see like a turtle, a snake and they also had a new addition..a cute white bunny named Thumper but he was kept separately.

Outside the room there was a Magnet Go Round with different activities on each side. Kids could exercise their sequencing skills or complete a giant puzzle or build their own invention on the magnetic wall and see if they can get balls to roll all the way through. This thing was a bit advanced for my DD but she loved sticking the magnetic pieces on the wall:)

What she liked was a picture book which was printed on the wall and she could walk with me and read it:)

There was a craft room where kids could color and play with play dough and make crafts. The day we went they were making snakes out of paper chains for the Chinese new year.
There were many more things to explore but our little explorer wasn't up for it that day(we later found out that she had a low grade fever) so we went downstairs and made our last stop inside the museum..The Harmonograph. Now this was something cool.

I  actually don't know much about the science behind it (something about pendulum and symmetry) but it made a great souvenir for our visit.

DD realized that she had missed an important play spot near the harmonograph which was the Colored Sand Station.
She played there for a while and then we had a little scoop of ice cream from their special 1940's old fashioned Soda Fountain and we headed back home.

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