Mass Audubon has awesome classes for toddlers! We went to the Early Fall Classes for Toddlers by Mass Audubon. Today was all about bugs and we played outside since it was warm and sunny, with just a little breeze.
We got insect nets and containers and to Alex’s amazement caught lots of crickets, grasshoppers, ladybugs, small bouncy bugs, and one large red bug. You can tell where my entomological education ends. Alex thought it was the best thing EVER!. He got to wave around the net, and even though we caught most of our bugs by forgetting our containers in the grass, he enjoyed looking at each and every one. He loved
Incidentally, Annette Swain the instructor is my new toddler wrangling hero. She had every one of those kids helping, looking at chipmunk holes, touching trees, looking at leaves and birds, interacting, poking and holding, coloring, and applying stickers to butterfly cut-outs.
We finished off the morning with a picnic on the Ipswich Visitor House lawn. JenJen was asleep five minutes into the drive home, and even no-nap-Alex was asleep before we got home. What an excellent morning, what an excellent nap. I’ve signed us up for the Late Fall Toddler classes and naps.
Today Alex wanted to see the dinosaurs, again. He told me we had to drive down the road and round the corner and go to the big museum – yes we’ve been to the Museum of Science a lot in the last two weeks. And with visions of the attached, covered parking I was happy to oblige on this rainy day. We got there at 11, along with everyone else and the parking garage was full so we parked in the rain by North Point Playground, and walked the couple of yards to the museum. So much for the two free hours of parking that come with the bonus premier membership.
Alex and JenJen had a blast in the Discovery Center today. They played quietly with all the blue discovery boxes, while mama enjoyed the view of the Charles. Then I woke up and had to convince Alex to return the fish to the smoking volcano, and plug JenJen’s mouth with a pacifier so she wouldn’t chew on too many toys.
The highlight of the trip today wasn’t the (conveniently) forgotten dinosaur room, but the beach ball floating above a super powered air jet. And we have the pictures to prove it. We’ll be back there soon, and lucky for me, this is the best and biggest science museum I’ve ever been to. Lots of stuff for kids of any age from infant up.