We are in Vermont–celebrating New Year’s with my in-laws. Beautiful, snowy, quiet, and laid back Vermont. So low-tech that I feel kind of guilty working on my blog here. This is the kind of place you ask your neighbor for advice—not the internet.
But, we are doing so many neat things that I want to share all of our adventures.
Our first mission was the Montshire Museum —a children’s science museum in Norwich, Vermont–just across from the Connecticut river. Everytime we are here, we visit the Montshire and the kids always love it.
This particular time was especially fun. We had never told Grandpa and Grandma that we were coming. Only my sister in law knew and she was able to keep it a surprise. The plan was to surprise them all at the Montshire Museum. This would be a real surprise as we live in Florida and we insisted we couldn’t make it this year.
We watched from the second floor windows as they were getting out of the car. We watched from the second floor overlook as they walked in and paid. We sent the kids downstairs to just say “Hi!” to their grandpa. The plan was to play it cool and act casual.
First the kids ran into their cousins. One of them looked at Rosie and The Bean and said to their dad, “That looks like the Bean and Rosie!”–their dad responded without even looking at them, “Well, it isn’t.”
I think Rosie and The Bean were a little confused about what to do next. They just stood there. And waited for someone to recognize them.
Grandpa walked right past them with no sign of recognition. And they were a little afraid to approach him.
Finally, Grandpa looked long and hard at Rosie thinking, “That sure does look like my grand daughter.” Once, he looked left and saw the Bean, he fell to his knees and started repeating, “I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it.”
It was a great moment. Luckily, my sister in law got great video of everyone’s surprised faces.
So, the Montshire is a great place to pull off a huge family surprise, or just good place to get let kids run around and learn about science. We have only gone in the winter but there are a bunch of neat trails that start from the grounds that would be really fun to explore in the summer.
There are all kinds of puzzles, and other hands on activities to keep young (and old) ones occupied. The exhibits change regularly and while we were there we saw an exhibit on how toys work. It was a great introduction to electric currents and pulleys.
One of the great things about the Montshire is it is fairly small so, a couple of hours is the perfect amount of time to see everything. It has never been too crowded when we have been there so we feel comfortable letting the kids roam more freely than we would at larger children’s museums.
The website for the Montshire is: http://www.montshire.org/
By the way, my favorite exhibit at the Montshire are the leafcutter ants….I could spend hours just looking for the queen ant and watching them break leaves into bite sized pieces and carry them back to their fungus gardens.