Monday, February 25th, 2013
Henry is 15-months old now and is definitely less content to stay home during the week. We’re pretty much transitioned to one nap and we’ve been trying our best to stay very busy in the mornings and power through the mid-morning eye-rubs.
Last week, we met up with a friend and her little boy at OMSI and well…it was amazing. My dad took me to OMSI all the time when I was a little girl (way back in the day when it was up by the zoo) and I LOVED it but have always assumed that the exhibits there were for older kids. But! I was wrong.
Up on the second floor, there’s an area called the Science Playground. It’s for kids up to age 6 and there’s a person at the door to make sure that nobody breaks that rule. (An aside: one of my pet peeves about the Children’s Museum is that there are a lot of tweens who breeze through the Baby Garden area. Many of them are rude and aren’t careful about tiny crawlers and toddlers beneath them.)
Anyway, the room is HUGE and it has several different “stations.” There’s a baby area that has squishy mats and a little baby ball pit. There’s a water area complete with smocks the kids that can put on to stay (relatively) dry. There’s a kitchen/supermarket area, a big sandbox, a soft reading area and tons of other stuff. In addition, there’s a classroom in which kids can do arts & crafts. On the day we visited, there was a Valentine’s Card making station as well as a place where the kids could play with flubber.
Our friend is an OMSI member, so she was able to get us in for free. Admission is normally $12 for an adult and children 3 and under are free. We’ll for sure be getting an annual membership and I think we’ll get our money’s worth in just a few visits. If you do take your toddler to play, BE SURE to bring a change of clothes. Henry was soaked, even with the smock on.