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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Saved by the Museum

Fussy baby? Check. Whiney preschooler? Check. Haphazard mixing of Legos and Playmobile on the floor? Check.  Ah, the natives are clearly restless. It's time for a good exit strategy!!

When the house starts to feel more like a pressure cooker than a loving environment, it's time to pack up a snack, hit the escape hatch, and land at one of our favorite local kiddie spots. With the colder weather, I'm not always up for walking or sitting on a park bench.

Thank heaven for the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo.

Behold the tennis ball gizmo where kids operate a system of pulleys, cranks, spirals and wheels to keep balls running floor to ceiling across three large wooden-and-glass panels full of cool ball energy tricks.

Welcome future engineers.
A solar power machine teaches electrical circuits, plus there's wind and hydro-electric machines.

Budding biologists are in real luck.

The PAJMZ houses a new bug exhibit with plenty of live insects and beautiful specimens.

They've even added a "baby bramble" made especially for pre-walkers to explore in safety, next to this gorgeous giant butterfly chrysalis (that's my friend snuggling her little guy).

What are some of your favorite family escapes when the kids are bouncing off the walls at home?

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  1. Awesome! Way to keep the neuro transmitters firing and having fun at the same time! Nice photos too!

    Hugs, Julienne