“Look at these dinosaurs!” when I turned my head to the right it seemed … a big…..very big dinosaur with two babies were running towards our car. Its tail brushed the building and the whole concrete wall was cracked into pieces and looked as if its going to fall any time. One even bigger dinosaur tore small part of the roof and poked its head inside the building . So did a child. Now my whole imagination was: inside the build there must be whole bunch of dinosaurs fighting each other for their food. Are they eating people or they are vegetarian? My heart was pounding when our car stopped at the terrace of the parking garage.
” No,” I said ” I don’t want to go there.”
“Dinosaurs,” I said. I did not get out of car. Later we drove to 50 acre park and played basketball, walked around the lake and the museum house. After couple of month When I grew a little older my parents took me to the children’s museum again. This time I braved to go inside
even though some reluctance was there.Those plastic dinosaurs looked so real last time. We parked the car in garage and walked the ramp to get to the skywalk which connects parking garage and the museum building .sky walk over the busy road makes it easy to cross without going through the road traffic. The skywalks opens into the entry hall of the museum building.
The Entrance Hall
There was small model of the dinosaur and the building. and some pictures how the dinosaur- sculpture were made, transported and put in place in the building. It was very informative. there was small library in the corner. Big transformer bumble bee rotating in the middle of hall and extraordinary decoration of on far right end .I was amazed it was so beautiful. …I miss a lot of stuff about Indianapolis. Friends, School, teachers like Smelser), Teddy bear which I did not bring here and of course this museum, the biggest of the world.
We bought memberships and started our journey like the Alice in the Wonderland.The place was shining with decorations, exhibits and people. At the center of the museum,there were colorful tubes of glass going in all directions. It was as tall as the building and called “Fireworks of Glass.” We went to the museum basement,and it was so amazing ! You got to make your own sculpture by putting the acrylic piece in the right place, I made some beautiful sculptures. Also,there was a computer where you make your own tube. I made a purple-curvy tube, papa made a green-straight tube while mama and Saanvi both made red- silky tubes.Plus, there was a find-that-tube game.
Then, we went to the Dinosphere. It had dinosaur costumes,dinosaur eggs, and dinosaur bones! It also had sound effects and color changes, so it looks like we’re in Jurassic park! I pretended I was a dinosaur with my little dinosaur sister.Took pictures with Mr. dinosaur,played in the dinosaur cave, and watched how a dinosaur was born. Suddenly, thunder cracked, lightning flashed. Even though it was only the sound effects, I felt like I was in the Amazon with these animals. One moment, it’s sunny. The next, you are in a storm! The sounds and environment made the exhibits real fun.
Saanvi and I gave the ticket to the attendants and rushed to choose the horses. I chose a black horse that moved up and down while Saanvi rode a white horse. The music was going on and on, while we went around and around. Hundreds of small laser lights made the ceiling as if it is a night sky. Saanvi did not want to get off the horse so we went one more time. Papa and mama were busy taking pictures.
After the ride , we went to the Barbie exhibit.
Yay! I entered the room…….wow.There was pink everywhere! Also, lucky me, they were doing a fashion show! I quickly got dressed and stepped in line. Finally, it was my turn. The DJ winked at me, and put my favorite song on- “get your sparkle on.”I took all the courage I could, and walked down the ramp. Cameras were flashing. I smiled, striked a pose,and strutted backstage. Everyone clapped! That was so much fun!
Then, a very bright room caught my eye. We went inside and…there were snow castles, snowball fights, and skating rings. A very big sign read: Winter Wonderland. I immediately took my sister’s hand and played princesses in the castle. Then, I had a snowball fight with dad, and mom taught me how to skate. What fun that was!
Mr. Potato Head
Saanvi’s favorite was the Mr. Potato exhibit. She liked it so much that she didn’t want to leave.She liked it because you could put eyes and ears on the potato to make your own. The next thing she liked was the potato slide.You put the potato through the bottom, and the air pushes and throws it up.Oh no! I forgot about our show at the planetarium! Our show is in 5 minutes!
We rushed to the show and quickly took our seats.The show was about start. The ceiling opened and we saw the beautiful black sky. I really felt like I was in space and the show told us all about what constellations are. Saanvi cried so much that papa took her out. We stayed for second show to see about planes and flight.
The second show was about flight. People wanted to fly. So they closely watched how birds flap their wings to get higher in the air and how the kites response to the wind. A lot of people tried to invent a flying machine. Finally, Wright brothers from Ohio, were able to fly their homemade plane.After a long time, now we have planes that can travel faster than sound and as far as Mars. I suppose this is the most important invention because people can travel place to place in short time.
I rolled up my sleeves,grabbed my coat,and got ready to get wet. Explored the fluid motion with the rubber toys and experimented with different water levels. Also, there was a 20 foot tall rock climbing challenge. For builders, the construction zone was perfect. There were bulldozers,cranes,and diggers.Alongside, there were lots of materials like shovels,hammers,chainsaws, and axes. It’s amazing what good things science can teach you!
Fly to Egypt
At another exhibet, we climbed into a plane and chose seats. Out the window, I saw a lot of different birds. The flight attendant told us to get ready for landing, and we got out of the plane. Guess where we landed? Egypt! it showed how Egyptians live, eat, and celebrate holidays. So cool!
We watched a play about a boy named Jeremy Jacob, who discovers Pirates. Can you believe it? Anyway, the pirates and Jeremy become friends, and they taught Jeremy how to become a real pirate. Together, they survived a storm, found treasure and become best friends. Wow, what a nice play that was ! My favorite part was when they were in a storm. After the show, we exited the auditorium and took pictures with the characters.
Outside the museum, there were miniature models of the seven wonders of the world! I walked on the great wall of china, sat on Taj Mahal, and climbed a pyramid. It’s funny how big surprises come in little ways!
When it was over, we went back to home.