Family Fun Adventure: LA Natural History Museum

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Hello there Lovely People our latest Family Fun Adventure is a special one indeed. It was a rare one-on-one occasion I got to spend with my budding scientist son, Azure. At age 6 (nearly 7, gosh I am having such fun with this age) he absolutely devours all things science! Everyday he comes home with a book from his classroom library about volcanoes, rocks, the solar system, weather and animals. These are the types of books we read for bedtime stories. When the opportunity came up during fall break, just the two of us headed off for our very own Family Fun Adventure to the LA Natural History Museum! Hang with us awhile and check out some of the fun this museum holds.

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The first area we checked out was of course the dinosaur exhibit, filled with fossils, information and friendly staff to answer our questions.

Since we have visited the LA Science Center (Awesome, FREE museum!) several times and had walked by the LA Natural History Museum, Azure has been asking to come here. I really wanted to bring Azure alone so he could enjoy looking and discovering to his hearts content instead of being hurried along by the big kids or missing a lot due to small brother not being interested. Its a next to ever treat that we both enjoyed thoroughly. The cost of admission is $12 for adults and $5 for under 13 yrs. So while $17.00 plus snacks and a long drive isn’t the cheapest of excursions, it was definitely worth it as we spent a good 5 hours exploring and  it was something he really appreciated seeing. Parking is $10 for all day as well

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Some fossils on display. Those horned dinosaur heads were amazing

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 North American animal display

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Learning about extinct and endangered animals. He was interested in touching all the computer screens to do the activity or hear the information as we went along

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Checking out a few of the live snakes and bugs in their homes

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Getting up close to some ‘wildlife’

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One thing that took me by surprise was how fast he was moving along and checking everything out. Normally he likes to look at all the pages when we read and ask questions, but he was zipping through this place pretty quick and I had to remind him to ‘check this out’ or ‘look here at this’. My guess is that there was SO much to see, it was a bit overwhelming
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The Gem exhibit

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Outside for a little snack and a stroll around the garden section. This was a big woven willow branch shelter and we found a few sticks to add to the creation

At this point he was getting a little tired of walking and asked to head over to see the Science Center building and get a treat, so we made our way back inside and ended up in the best part (tons to do)…

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This is on the bottom floor of the Natural History Museum an exhibit called the Nature Lab. Ooooo, very fun and we almost missed it!

Everything is hands on stuff to do and we ended up spending another hour in this area

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Basically, this area leads you on a nature walk of different areas of LA. Trace an animal you might see on your walk and do some bird watching

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Look at creatures through a magnifying glass or microscope  and learn about animals habitats disappearing over the years

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He found this little guy right away and said ‘Hey, that’s my name!’

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See yourself as a rattlesnake does and a view a native bird close up

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Finally did make it over to the Science Center for an 1 1/2 visiting our favorite areas

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A happy smile and a special treat ends our super day at the LA Natural History Museum. What fun we you up to this fall break?

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Memory Keeper: This Week In September

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Hi there Lovelies!

I hope you are comfortably back in the swing of school and enjoying the summery weather. We have all been sick with weirdly timed coughs this year and are just starting to get over them now. I blame back to school! Azure got it first and spread it right along. As a result the kids have greatly missed out on the unseasonably hot weather to use for swimming. Hopefully we’ll get a few more weeks of this weather in before it cools down for the year. We have been taking it easy on the activities and have been focusing on getting everyone better, so not much to share this month in way of photos and adventures. Here are some of the few I did take.

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This little turkey has been getting consistent learning time nearly every morning due to me having to take him with me to drop off Azure, therefore he is awake, fed and ready for a bit of preschool learning first thing in the morning. And he also takes selfies 🙂

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Smiley here, has been doing well at his scholastics in first grade and is adjusting to his new class. He still adores his kindergarten teacher and hugs and says hi to her when leaving school. His reading has greatly improved as well over the summer. Hooray! And thank God, he LOVES books (like the rest of his big brothers) and is MAD about science! Every week he brings home science books from his classroom and the library. Yesterday he tells me, ‘Anything with the word science in it makes me happy’! Any hands on science activities or resource ideas parents, please pass them along

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Glad these two are friends…most of the time anyways

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L: Taking advantage of Daddy being away to get extra snuggles by sleeping with Mom R: Spending a lot more time with Mom since all the brothers started school

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L: First house he built all on his own R: First time he wrote his name on his own, I told him the letters though

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This guy is at such a fun age. We can do activities together, enjoy story time and he can entertain himself! That is HUGE! He also is starting to be a big brother by tidying up, reading to and playing nicely (ok, sometimes) with littlest brother

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L: Waiting to spar R: He won first place in his school tournament

Last week Cole participated in a multi school tournament and entered sparring. He didn’t end up winning a trophy, but we were proud of him for trying something new and he has more experience for next time

Alvin has taken up cross country running at school and has been training everyday with his team. Sorry, no pictures as he does this at school

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L: I adapted these lentil cookies, using half the sugar, adding a few butterscotch chips, dried fruit, coconut and nuts. These cookies are really tasty with the added protein punch coming from the lentil puree, they make a perfect addition to kids lunch boxes. Original recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/lentil-cookies-recipe.html

R: There was a killer deal on pears and apples this week so I made Spiced Pear Jam and Apple Peach Jam

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I’ve missed my green smoothies and whipped up this new combo of Cucumber Lettuce juice with frozen Bananas and Peaches. Delightful! Enjoy the last of summer weather everyone and Happy Fall!