a day at the museum

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I thought it might be fun to take the kids to the ROM to see the exhibits (especially the dinosaur exhibit) as something to do for the Family Day long weekend. As you can see, they were underwhelmed. I tried. I forget that museums aren’t as fascinating to kids as they are to adults. They were far more interested in the gift shops than the exhibits.

The small kid did willingly leave her blankie behind, so maybe its time is coming to an end.

And we did spend a very nice night with Sara and Mike, who kindly put up with all four of us for the night. Thanks!

And now to spend the evening recuperating from a long car ride home through detoured traffic and too many games of punch-buggy.

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32 thoughts on “a day at the museum

  1. At least your evening out was uneventful. The last time I took my boys to a science museum with dinosaurs a friend of my eldest son joined us. Pretty soon alarms were going off and a guard was escorting the two eldest to me to explain that they had climbed over the railing to pet the tyrannosaurus rex. Talk about embarrassing. The rest of the day we had at least one guard following us.

  2. Tammy says:

    I am so happy to see other moms taking their kids to museums. We are a dying breed.

    • We’ve been to a few now. They usually find something they like at each one. The small kid liked the bat exhibit and the tall kid liked the precious rocks exhibit. Hopefully they accidentally learned something along the way.

  3. Museums are still pretty exciting for our 8 year old, which is good, since I’m the one that loses interest after the umpteenth exhibit. Her enthusiasm is contagious!

  4. you tried and they were trying – a family outing if I ever heard of one

  5. jmgoyder says:

    Oh their expressions are priceless!

  6. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Oh geez Heidi, if I’d known, you could’ve stopped for a coffee… You passed within one sideroad of our place!
    And I hear ya on the kids and museums thing; mine’s the same way… But I LOVED going to the ROM when I was a kid – let me know next time and I’ll go with you – haven’t been in decades!

  7. The bigger kid at least looks poised. The little squirt appears to be working the silent whine. Who doesn’t like gift shops!?!! I have a pic of my 10-year-old son pouting outside of the giftshop at The Milwaukee Domes (3 domes which have plants from 3 different climates).Hope you were able to enjoy the trip despite the underwhelmed kids.

  8. Kerry says:

    Faces are priceless. Love it.

  9. Museum visits! The kids might look underwhelmed but they will remember these visits with affection! πŸ™‚

  10. Janet S says:

    Ha! Great pic! Exposure can still create an interest later…the visit was not for nothing I’m sure.

  11. amy b. says:

    Aw… we’ve had that same experience… with kids being underwhelmed. I find that it’s more meaningful to them now. We have our family photos constantly rotating on our computer screen and our kids, now 19, 17 and 14 will page through them remembering and quite often, they are more impressed now than they acted then. πŸ™‚ Enjoy the time!

  12. Somer says:

    Ha, we’ve got a dinosaur museum just around the corner (they claim it’s the largest in the world) I’m lucky that my kids still love it, but then again the exhibits are geared more towards children. p.s. neither of my kids are willing to part with their favorite teddy bears yet. I think I’ll be the one feeling morose when they do!

    • I loved dinosaurs as a kid – I would have loved the museum too, but my kids have different interests, I guess. Both kids have some stuffiness that they are attached to too, but I won’t be sad to see blankie go. Maybe the end of the stuffiness will seem sad..

  13. Sarah says:

    Underwhelmed, maybe, but I agree with a couple of the comments; they’ll remember it and it will be a good memory πŸ™‚ (I speak from experience, haha). I love museums. What a nice day and night you guys had!

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