On a nice Sunday a few weeks ago, Marcus and I took a trip to OMSI with the 3 oldest kids (grammae and papa graciously watched Gemma and Sedric). I've lived here almost 16 years and I've never been to OMSI aside from watching an IMax film once. Bunny has been there once, and James twice. It's about time we went as a (partial) family!
|OMSI stands for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.|
|This "vacuum and air" display was fun.|
|Volunteers manned stations with science experiments.|
|The water play...er, physics...section was nice|
(Mariposa especially liked this one).
|Erosion table in the pc environmental change|
room (Marcus loved that one)
Ok, I know I will sound like a TOTAL snob when I say that I was not that impressed. I mean, I was impressed with the size, volume, and quality of the exhibits, but it seemed more like a playground than a science learning environment. It looked to me that most of the patrons did treat it as "just" a fun place to be (no learning required). Mariposa did do some great work at the sailboat table (she guessed at where to put the sail, adjusted the boat's design, etc.) but the real fun was playing in sand at the erosion table and playing on the "jumprope" machine. I guess I prefer a more in-depth experience on a single subject...maybe a trip to OMSI's planetarium is in order.
But don't get me wrong, we did have a lot of fun!!!! And it was nice doing big-kid stuff without chasing after Gemma and Sedric. I'll have to take them to the Children's Museum on a different day.
Marcus was in charge of the restaurant selection for lunch, and he did a great job. Who knew we had a PIE restaurant???? I was thrilled!!!
|A nod to upper Michigan--Bun and I got pasties.|
|wrapped sausages...kinda like a pie...?|
|dessert: Marcus chose a hazelnut chocolate|
bourbon pie...it was fab!!!
|Other choices: chocolate/peanut butter, apple streusel, and|
key lime pies