My mom had last Thursday off from work so she came up to hang out with me and Pearl. I decided we should take Pearl to the Portland Children's Museum. We had been there once before Pearl started walking. She had fun then, but was a lot more limited in what she could do. I knew she would enjoy herself so much more now and I was excited to see her in action.
playing with her friend Lucy in the dig pit
It was extremely difficult to get good photos of her because she was moving around so much. I am constantly surprised by how independent she is. Pearl does not feel the need to make sure I am with her in situations like that. She is happy to walk off and find some kids to play with or to just play by herself. I like that about her, but it also makes me nervous. I definitely have to always watch her closely.
1. doing construction work / 2. smelling the flowers
Some of her favorite things to do there were playing in the dig pit, hugging the sick animals in the veterinary hospital exhibit, playing with fake tools, crawling down a baby obstacle course, and stopping to smell the (fake) flowers. She had the most fun playing in the water. The water exhibit was closed, but there is one little part of it that you could access from the other side so she still managed to find a way to soak herself.
she is drenched in these photos, I ended up taking her shirt off and just had her wear the blazer
I think her least favorite thing was going down a small slide head first. My brave little girl crawled to the edge of the slide and went for it. Once she reached the cushions at the bottom, She just stayed there all sprawled out with a big surprised look on her face. We couldn't get her to try it again.
If you live in the Portland area or are visiting with friends, I highly recommend this place. It is pretty expensive, but is so much fun. I hear the yearly passes are a much better deal so we will look into that option soon. It is also right next to the Oregon Zoo so if you are looking for a whole days worth of activity, it's perfect!
boat photo op with my mom
taking care of the sick dog, cat, and beaver