I have been avoiding our local children's museum for the last month or so. Max was still learning to walk and was often trampled on while we were there and Calvin is always so busy and hard to keep up with that we've avoided our trips there. We are going to see Nick's family for New Years so I also figured we should try to avoid any sickness by keeping indoors and only going on a few adventures from now until then.
But today we had nothing really on our agenda, besides an afternoon play date and a donation to drop off so I thought Let's just go! If the boys caught a cold we would still have three more weeks until our trip up North. The Lord truly knew what my soul and the boys needed. The museum was surprisingly dead and there were not many people there. This allowed me to sit back and have the pleasure of watching my kids interact with the exhibits and the people visiting.
My eyes were opened to just how amazing my sweet boys are. Please allow me for a second to put on my proud momma hat. Both Calvin and Max are pretty extroverted and overly friendly in public places (we are still working on stranger danger!!). Calvin spent almost 30 minutes at the grocery exhibit playing cashier with a sweet old man and his grandkids. He was using his imagination, manners, and charm and kept saying "Come on, friend, let's get some more foods." I watched as my once little boy was now growing into a little man., able to hold a conversation on his own and interact with members of our community without having to be told what to say or how to act appropriately.
The San Diego Discovery Children's Museum is a place where I can say 'yes' more than 'no' to my kids. Even little Max had a ball. This was his first time being an official walker while visiting and he used it to his advantage. He loved using the little carriage and also LOVES the fan where you can put scarves inside a tube and watch them fly into the air.
These are the times when I am able to sit back and watch my children flourish as little humans in society. They are forced to interact with people they may not ever see again and learn social skills. Our museum also has a beautiful garden, chickens, and a fish tank. Calvin loves counting the chicken eggs and smelling the fresh herbs. It is so great to see him learning and having fun and all in a safe and kid-friendly environment. We bought our membership for only $85 and in my opinion it was worth every penny.
Another added bonus to this visit was that for this month the museum is highlighting the country of Germany. Nick's mom is half-German and his grandmother Hannalore died two years ago during this month. She was born and raised in Berlin, so having a little place that was surrounded by all things German shined some light on the dark month. My kids were able to read German children's books, look at the flag and food of that Germany is known for, and in two weeks we get to attend a free German festival.
If you have a place like the Children's Museum in your area, I encourage you to check it out. This month at the SDCDM if you purchase a membership they will give a membership to a family in need. This is an awesome way to give back to your community by simply buying your own membership. Both you and your child will benefit from getting out of the house and talking with members of your community. Every single time we go I am always amazed at the new people I meet and even at the friendships that are formed. My boys are not in school yet and this is a little place we can go to explore and do something out of the norm.