28 November 2006

A Trip to Indy

I spent almost 5 years living in Indiana and going to Indiana Wesleyan University, and Eric was there for a full 6 years, and this past weekend was the first time either of us have been back to Indiana.  We didn't get to go to Marion, but we got to spend the weekend in Indianapolis, which was so much fun.

For those of you who went to college with us, you might remember Melissa Tharpe.  She got married on Saturday evening in a beautiful, candle-lit ceremony.  She looked beautiful and she was obviously incredibly happy.  Her new husband, Jerry, seems like a perfect match for her.  It was exciting to be there and to celebrate with her, and I got to visit with her parents a little too.

The day after the wedding, we took the kids to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.  Oh my gosh!  It was soooo much fun!  We have taken the kids to two other museums in the past, the Strong Museum in Rochester, NY and the Please Touch Museum in Philly, but they do not even begin to compare to this museum.  It was amazing.

Lukas' favorite part of the day was the Dinosphere exhibit.  We spent over an hour in that exhibit alone.  They got to see real dinosaur fossils, dig for fossils in sandstone, and dress up like dinosaurs while protecing their dinosaur eggs in their nests.  They loved it!  We had to drag them away from the Dinosphere to the other exhibits.

Ava's favorite part of the day was riding the carousel.  Carousels are one of her favorite things right now.  She also enjoyed the Preschool Playscape and the WinterWonderland exhibit where they got to ice fish and build an igloo.

We spent 5 1/2 hours at the Children's Museum, and there was so much more to see.  We skipped most of the second floor, and parts of the third and fourth floors because there just wasn't enough time.  Take your kids there!  It is more than worth the travel time!  It would probably make for a less expensive vacation than the beach or Disney World, but it would be so much fun!

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