Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Woo Hoo! Geeky Science Museums!

Today's Wonder of the World is...Geeky Science Museums!
Did I hear snoozing?
Science Museums are fun!
Here's one we went to on vacation.

It's the Ingram Planetarium and science museum at Sunset Beach, North Carolina.
We went to see a Laser Light Show featuring the music of these nice boys.

When we first arrived, the lady said the show would start in just a few minutes. They had to get the snakes out first.

Sarah elbowed me and whispered, "Did she just say they have a snake problem?"
We were just looking for the exits when this fellow walked by.

I'm not crazy about snakes, but she's beautiful! An albino snake!

We had a few minutes to kill, so we strolled into the discovery room.

Sam made a solar car. He's charging it up.

Todd amused himself with the interactive exhibits.

Did I ever tell you I used to work at a science center?
Well I did. When we lived in DC, I worked for a short while at the Howard B. Owens Science Center in Lanham, Maryland. It was fun. I set up family-friendly murder scenes, complete with clues. We taught the kids how to fingerprint and collect DNA and did all sorts of gruesome science. That was back in the late eighties, before CSI.

It was a great way to take a seemingly boring subject and show people how interesting it is. It's kind of the same thing I like about memoir--taking ordinary life and finding the extraordinary within it. I LOVE THAT!

Anyway, back to the science museum.
Finally the laser show began!

It was fun and the music was FABULOUS of course. But I have to admit that it was a little more impressive when I was a teenager.
Still, the kids enjoyed it.

The laser effects reminded me of this...

So yey!
Another summer activity!

Excuse me while I go have some Spirograph fun!

Have a Wonder-full Wednesday everybody!
Love, Becky

And thanks to my flickr friends for making their photos public: whosjackb, John Setzler, polyvinyl, and Paul Underwood.


TattingChic said...

I think science museums are fun, too. Science is an integral part of all of our lives, whether we acknowledge it or not. I loved the spirograph of my fave things to do as a kid.

Susan said...

Did you notice that there is a snake museum in Wilmington? That was where we found the one free parking space on the street at lunchtime!

Susan Sandmore said...

Ohhhh, I've never been to that museum. Must go!

"Family-friendly murder scenes"? Too funny!

Suzie said...

So wait was the snake loose?

Barb said...

I like science museums, so very different. The snake thing though...Jeff had an albino corn snake when he was younger (called it Tiberius). I was always a little nervous around Ti.

It looks like your family had a marvelous time.


Rosemary said...

Cool Becky!
Who doesn't love a geeky Science Center??
Love it!

The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Ah, I loved the Spirograph. You guys would enjoy the Magic House and the Science Center in St. Louis!

e.marie said...

Hurrah for science museums! On a school trip to Italy, most of my fellow travelers spent their free half-day in Florence at the Prada outlet...while I went alone to the History of Science museum. I'm sure they got some deals, but how could they pass up seeing the finger of Galileo?! : )

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Gotta love a science museum! Um, not so sure about the snakes, though. :)

liquidambar said...

I love science museums too! The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia and the Boston Museum of Science, just to name a couple.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Um, not sure about the snakes... but I'm in love with the Beatles!

Susan said...

Becky, can you handle one more "Susan" in your comments? Thanks for stopping by. I love your blog and, codge that I am, I recognize and remember all the things you mentioned. Several years back, I held a snake like that across my shoulders. It was beautiful. Thanks for the reminder.
Susan K.