Way back at the beginning of October, we took advantage of our flexible schedule and decided to tag along with Tom to a conference he had in Tampa FL.
Poor Tom had to actually work.... so we girls were left to explore on our own!
First up MOSI - The Museum of Science and Industry. Oh my goodness.... this was so fun and interesting. ****IF you have a membership to Tellus you can get in for free with the ASTC reciprocal deal! Totally worth it! (for just the 3 of us it would've been $70 without our ASTC membership)
We got to sit in on a lesson on electricity!
And one of the most fun things... we got to explore weather! This is us in the "hurricane tube." It simulates winds up to 80 mph. Gracious!
After the hurricane force winds, the girls made a few earthquakes.
Another really cool feature of MOSI is that they have students from local universities come in and set up and lead experiments for the kids. The day we were there, they were making rockets and learning about what makes a rocket fly straight, and how it's propelled. For the experiment, they created paper rockets and then put them on launchers. They had to pump up the pressure and then hit the button to fire it. If they didn't pump enough the rocket didn't fly. It was fun watching the trail and error. Luckily we were the ONLY ONES IN THE LAB so we spent lots of time trying to modify rockets to hit the target.
Megan loved trying to figure out how to get the robots to work in the children's exploration side of the museum. It's hard to call it a museum, because really - its an amazing science center.
And then the palentologists met up with some dinos.
We loved being on the bay - and our awesome view!
Day 2..... The Florida Aquarium
Since we were staying local, we decided to spend the day using the trolley!
We had fun interacting with the divers.
We stayed for the penguin lecture - they let us get up close and personal.
And at the end of each day - The girls would gaze out the window waiting for a glimpse of their Dad coming across the bridge from the conference center!
Day 3 - We spent the day at the Glazer Children's Museum. OH YES - another place we got in for free because of ASTC reciprocal members (Thanks Tellus).
They have a very interesting play structure. It sort of game me heart palpitations. I realize it's safe since its surrounded by netting, but it is suspended from the ceiling so the fear of heights in me was on overdrive. Let's say that Nicole takes after here mom in this area - she didn't find it as amusing as Megan did.
Before we left - my girls made several new friends in the theater.