Friday, November 21, 2008

Science in Spanish

We celebrated Veteran's Day by taking the boys to the Children's Science Museum in Caracas. We got there in the early afternoon and the place was deserted. Yes, it was a school day, but it is 4 floors of exhibits, a planetarium and an entire wing dedicated to Space study and exploration and we probably saw fewer than 20 people, which was surprising. Someone asked me how the museum compares with other children's museums we have visited -- but the last one I went to was the San Francisco Exploratorium and if you've ever been there, you know it is the best there is so there is no comparison. Overall though, we were pleased with the museum. Many of the exhibits were broken or only partially functioning, but the staff were wonderfully attentive and Caleb and Isaac had fun, which is always our primary goal.
Caleb learned about static electricity,
and fulcrums,
and equilibrium,
and wind power,
and acoustics,
and plant life/habitats,
and music.
We also saw this very informative display in the section on human biology,
the largest apartment buildings imaginable (these
are behind the science museum and the picture only
captures a third of each building),

and some really beautiful birds in a horribly inadequate aviary.
Oh, and Isaac was there too.

16 comments:

Shelley said...

That biology display is a crack up. First comes holding hands on a bench, then comes marriage, then comes hugging etc in a bed (LOL) then comes baby! It makes perfect sense! :)

Kimberly said...

Why no pose in front of the biology display?

dana said...

That looks like a cool museum. Yes, nothing compares to San Fransisco and D.C. museum life. But funny to see everything in Spanish.
I guess you found a nanny for the kids? Exciting!

dana said...

and p.s....those apartments are crazy.

Suman Family said...

haha - the human biology thing is hilarious. it might not be p.c. in california for too much longer though.

Ilene said...
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Ilene said...

Well, would you rather have an adequate aviary with subpar birds?

Nothing like that biology display to get kids asking some questions...

Adrianne said...

Great plans but half of it not working. That's not TIV because it's also TIA and probably TIP. And if the state is teaching that marriage comes BEFORE the baby, how come no one seems to get it?

Lauren in GA said...

Wow...I learned so much from the biology display. I guess I won't be able to get pregnant again until I sit on a park bench and later embrace Mike in bed wearing a pink nightie. Thank you for this post. ☺

I am glad that the staff was so attentive. We went to a Science Museum and a lot of the day I kind of felt on our own.

Lilianne and Jason Wright said...

What adventures! I love reading your blog - so fun to read and so educational! :-) Your boys are so handsome - I still can't believe how big they are! Time sure flies by, doesn't it?!?

What great experiences for your family - so cool! We love and miss you guys!

teresa and the boys said...

That human biology *ahem* tutorial is fantastic.

Mibi and Lee said...

The biology display is hillarious:-) BUt cute!!

Christian said...

OK, I don't have anything to say about the museum. (If it's not the Creation Museum, it's not "science I can believe in.") Just a comment about the fact that you had Veteran's Day off: Working for the U.S. Federal Government in Latin America is the perfect storm for having a maximum of days off! You get all the days off that even most Americans don't get off--Columbus Day, Veteran's Day--and you get the countless holidays of your host country too! If I had to pick a career all over again... :)

Sebastian said...

OK- Lima doesn't have such a cool museum. Yay for Caracas!

gab said...

These posts are so educational for me. I just picture Venezuela full of banana trees and druglords. Glad there's educational stuff, too.

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