Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Family Fun at AMY

We have a local museum that is designed for children here called AMY (Arizona Museum for Youth).  It is a true gem in our Valley.  They have traveling exhibits and change the theme of the museum every season.  We visited on one of their family days at the tail end of their exhibit on NASA and space exploration.  My boys loved it.

We saw many different paintings from famous artists such as Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol.  There were videos and sculptures.  The best thing about AMY is the interactive exhibits throughout the museum.  Here's some of our highlights of the day:

 puppet shows with aliens and astronauts

 making rocket ships

 launching our rockets

 astronaut art

I love how meticulous Mr. One was with his collage square placement.  His astronaut turned out color coordinated and neat.  Mr. Two loves a messier, more spontaneous collage project.  He colored, cut, glued to his heart's content. 

a few more giggles with the alien puppet and Mr. Three

There was also starlight storytelling (reading space books with a flashlight), a black light room with stars on the walls so you could dance in space, lots of books, and rocket models to zoom through the sky.  It was lovely to spend time together as a family and play.  Mike and I sat back and watched our boys playing and laughing and discovering.  Then, we joined in on the fun and had the chance to recapture our childhood again, if only just for a moment.  Life is beautiful.

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