Saturday, January 7, 2012


We love TCMU (The Children's Museum of the Upstate)! This is a pretty, 1-hr drive south of us, in downtown Greenville, South Carolina. It is a huge museum, and there's no way to explore it all in one day, but we keep trying :)

This was ZB's first trip to TCMU, and she loved it of course. We met up with a few homeschool friends there, and even got to enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn in the warm sunshine...

The most popular exhibit with my kids, this trip, was the science of motion area. They got to explore wind tunnels... both small -

And large!

They also could design paper airplanes and fly them through hoops, play in race car simulators and build their own miniature race cars, then race them on tracks that also let you experiment with friction on the course. Here's 2 of the boys working hard to design the fastest (or sometimes just coolest) racecar:

The families all re-united on the lawn for a picnic lunch and ZB had a nice distraction in an adorable puupy that one family brought:

We then went downstairs and while the big kids built dams in a model of the Reedy River...

While ZB had a blast in the lilypad table!

The music room kept everyone entertained for quite a while:

And then they were captivated by the stop-motion animation area

We had a short stop in the toddler area, and the kids had a blast helping ZB particpate there:

We were all nearly ready to go, when the kids realized they hadn't checked out the kids grocery store! By far, this was ZB's favorite - even the older kids LOVED it! The cash registers & scanners really worked, the store was very intereactive even with a bakery that you could decorate the cakes. ZB didn't notice any of that because she had her work cut out for her by pushing a little shopping cart around the level. I thought she'd give up after a few minutes, but she wheeled it non-stop for at least 20 minutes! It did the trick to tire her out, and she slept the whole way home :)

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