How about a semi-surprise visit from my dad, who was working in Nebraska and popped in (after an 8 hour drive) for the weekend? Did I get a picture of him with his grandchildren, to save for all time? I did not! But we did go to the City Museum... which, if you are within
There are caves and tunnels and tubes, many only big enough for a 6 year old, with lizards and faces carved into them, which then melt into Escher-like stairs, which eventually lead up to a 10 story tall slide.
This one leads from the 2nd story to the 3rd.
It tunnels into this ball & all of it is open aalllll the way to the first floor below.
What? Me? Anxious?
Near the giant hamster wheel (Oh yes I did! Fortunately this was not documented for all time) is a room with a 76 foot long pencil, a rope swing, and perfect toddler sized slides for the little ones to use, while the older kids explore the massive dark maze underneath even more slides. If you get to the far edge of the maze without breaking into a full scale claustrophobic meltdown, there's a crawl space, barely big enough for a 6 year old (but certainly NOT his mom) where you can watch the feet of the people eating pizza next door.
I swear my voice doesn't sound like that in real life!
On the roof, which we admittedly skipped this time (note: 100 degrees), there is a ferris wheel (note: you are 10 stories up already. note: aforementioned vertigo), a giant preying mantis, and another school bus half suspended over the sidewalk 10 stories down. And a pair of giant hippos watching the city.
There are also exhibit rooms with crazy cool stuff like wasp nests and snakes in formaldehyde. And architectural salvage, including more dragons. My pictures do not do it justice. The official ones (including the suspended airplanes!) are here.
Oh! And I forgot to mention the ball pits.
|My kids are in there somewhere|
|This is the sign for "What the Hell, Mom?"|
Oh! And I forgot to mention all the rebar, and steel, and recycled random bits. This is a column, covered in gears, with I think what must be marbles in the center.
|Rebar! And giant chain!|
|Pliers, reversed? And, um, other industrial thingies?|
Heck, I forgot about 8000 other things. The place is a DELIGHT though. Does living here close by make up for the 100 degree humid hell we're living in? Ummmm... Almost. Ask me again in a couple weeks after it cools off.
[And in case anyone is wondering, why yes it IS possible to lose your child within. Hypothetically, of course. *I* wouldn't know anything about that. But the nice employees are hypothetically quite helpful if you need assistance finding