Parents and children of the 2Gen Center @ UTEC recently came together on a trip to Boston Children’s Museum. While preparing to load into the van, everyone shared artworks including a series of crayon self-portraits and painted stick sculptures. The group rode over to Boston, each talking about what they most looked forward to at the museum. One boy wore his Star Wars t-shirt, honoring the tradition of May the 4th be with you. He would later be met by a real-life Chewbacca.
Over at the museum, the kids each ate a snack before venturing up a three-story climbing sculpture. It turns out it can get pretty scary at the top, but one mom braved the heights to meet her daughter halfway. They crawled down together, following instructions from the other kids until they reached one of the openings at the bottom of the net. The kids then led their own explorations of a magnets play station, boxes they could stick their hands into to identify the objects, and massive bubble wands. Three kids crawled beneath a globe-like turtle tank to watch them swim from below; everyone followed. Two swings operated via pulley gave a father and son the chance to compete in pulling their own weight, racing to the top. At a golf ball play station, the kids simulated a tornado affect, manipulated a roller coaster, and rested on a bench made entirely of golf balls.
At lunch, the kids played with a table-top bingo game while eating sandwiches and fruit. A final game of tag was brought to a close with the walk outside to the pier for a group photo. In a museum built for young folks, the kids reminded their parents about the power of play as everyone learned and explored together.
Source: Lowell Sun