Monday, June 24, 2013

Cross-country Adventure, Day 2: Iowa Children's Museum

 Day two consisted of plenty more driving.  We stopped for lunch and fuel near a Cabella's.  A certain daddy begged requested to go inside, but there seemed to be something there for everyone to love.  For our little naturalist, it was, of course, the animals!

We arrived in Coralville, Iowa later that evening with just enough time to get a taste of the children's museum there.  When you grew up near the world's largest children's museum you expect to be disappointed by any other.  This children's museum, though, was FANTASTIC!

All of our kiddos found something to love, in the same areas so my husband and I didn't feel like we spent two hours simply chasing kiddos around.

We spent a good deal of time in the flight room.  There was a plane cockpit, an air traffic control tower (complete with slide), and a hot air balloon.

Ruby adored the craft room too with every craft supply known to man.

After many times down the slide, David found the Thomas the Tank Engine train table.

Eli spent probably an hour making his own paper rocket and launching it and then making modifications and launching again.  (I love his mad scientist cackle here!)

As we were walking out we found many areas we didn't have time for... a mock-surgery area, a grocery store, and a theatre.  We can not wait to go back on the next trip to Indiana!

We made it out to the car as the children's museum (and mall that it is within) was closing.  Walking up to the Suburban we noticed that the lights had been left on.  When we got in, Jason turned the key and... nothing.  One of the mall cops was paged and, thankfully, he was able to revive it... temporarily.  But the rest is a story for another day.

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