Adventures of the Non-Creative Mom

December 31, 2011

More Space Exploration

If you have been following us for awhile you know that my four year old has been on a space kick lately so since I had two weeks off from work over the holidays we went to the Chabot Space and Science Museum.  Unfortunately we weren’t able to actually use a telescope since their viewing times were at 7:30pm on Friday and Saturdays so it runs into her bed time but she still had a great time.  I was actually surprised how often she has asked to go back since then.

There were a bunch of interactive displays that she loved playing with.

And she finally got to see the footsteps on the moon.

She also totally shamed me by landing on the moon on her first try with daddy while I crashed.

Her first experience in the Planetarium.  We saw two shows.  The first one about astronauts was actually kind of creepy and after that she didn’t want to go to the second show until it was almost time to leave.  We saw one about the history of the telescope which was actually really good.

She got to see herself on the moon’s surface.

Since she didn’t get to use the telescope at the museum Santa brought her a special Christmas gift:

We weren’t able to find anything good that first night and it’s been cloudy since but hopefully we’ll be able to see something soon.  If you are ever in the Oakland, Ca area I would suggest stopping by this museum.  I think 4 is a little young unless your child is really a space buff but definitely fun for the 6+ boys and girls.

December 12, 2011

Scholastic Warehouse Sale Haul

I have a confession to make.  Even with  money being tight my one area I find it hard to restrain myself in is book buying. In particular, children’s book purchases.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my library but between having to request a book, wait for it to arrive, keep track of them as my 4 yr old and 17 month old carry them around and put them in random spots I enjoy having a copy of our own.

There is a Scholastic Warehouse sale going on now and it just feeds my need to buy books for the kiddos.  I tried to restrain myself and kept it under $20 this time.  Here is what I picked up:

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro and Jared Lee

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell by Lucille Colandro and Jared Lee

There’s No Such Thing as Monsters by Steve Smallman and Caroline Pedler

Starry, Starry Night by Wade Cooper

There’s No Place Like Space by Tish Rabe and Aristides Ruiz

National Geographic Kids: Penguins! by Anne Schreiber

Ten on the Sled by Kim Norman and Liza Woodruff