It’s really really fall now, and that means more indoor adventures. We have a great collection of favorite places now that we have lived in Tacoma for a few years, and the top favorite remains the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. These days, there aren’t very many places where kids can practice making their own choices and controlling themselves without worrying too much about mistakes. We love the Museum because it’s a safe place to take some risks and jump into exploring. It’s full of things to touch, press, spill, climb, splash, pour, drop, paint, squish, and pile up.
“I like painting and I like playing. And I like painting butterflies.” -Edie
Our recent visits included some great interactive community sculpture. Above, Edie investigates a jump set where kids have been rolling wheels through paint and down the slopes. We check out the tracks left behind by everyone’s wheels. In another room, a potter’s wheel provides a spinning surface for bull’s eye drawings. Edie admires rainbow collection and adds one of her own, while Rory manipulates the mirrors and light tables nearby.
Both kids work together on the dials and toggles in the cockpit. Rory throws a switch back and forth intently. Edie zooms in to count the numbers on a pressure valve.
Rory discovered a new friend inside this under-stairs cave. He pops back out to introduce me and add his board to the peg panel just outside.
Each of our favorite places around town invite us to engage and participate in a different way. The Museum always provokes us to see the world in a new way. It’s so hard to leave, and we can never wait to go back!
One of the last days of summer, we set off for a run. Edie was really fast on the sidewalk and Gabe was really fast on the hill. We got up to the top of the hill next to the reservoir and looked out over our city and the mountain. It’s great when we can find playspaces mixed into the urban environment, because they tend to me more engaging than playfields or constructed spaces, and our imaginations get more exercise.
Our bodies got lots of exercise too. Once we got around the reservoir, we discovered a great hill for rolling down. It had a lot of grass clippings and a bit of dew on it, but that just made it better for rolling down. We sang Jack and Jill over and over, and the little friends ran to the top to tumble down over and over too. Sometimes we were rolling sideways, and sometimes somersaulting. Always laughing.
It was such good kid exercise and so much fun that we hardly minded taking a shower outside with all our clothes on and then changing into dry things in the entryway afterward.
It’s a princess day. With my cousin Iris. I want to put on my bathing suit and my pink sandals. I don’t want to go in the water. It’s exploding! No, Iris! Oh. Iris goes in it! I just watch here. Sit with me. I don’t want to. Okay. I walk in the water. Noooo! It’s exploding! It exploded Iris!
We can climb on this rock. I can climb up this one all by myself. Look, I’m jumping way up high. I don’t fall down. Iris, catch me! I’m hiding. Iris, come find me! Oh let’s go on this slide. I can do it all by myself. Oh, fancy french fries. Iris, do you want another french fry?
I do remember. Here, that’s a big one. My favorite is making snacks. My friends are Betty and Abigail. And Nickel. I’m pouring the lentils. I’m pouring the beer. What do you want? I was growing food for you.
Tucked in like a precious pearl. We climb on a sea shell.
First, let’s play on big toys. You are a spider. I’m a otter on the slide. Look, my meerkats have little babies. Iris came and Grandpa Joe came and Auntie came and Iris came.
It’s Grandpa Joe. I was riding on his shoulders. I was riding on a camel! Iris came on the camel. That’s my Gibbon!
We drive and drive and drive. Iris sit by me. And Mimee and Poppy and Nana and Papa and my Mama. I want to go swimming. I have swimsuit.
Mmm. It’s warm. I sit with Nana. I’m watching Iris swim. It’s hot springs. Sol Duc. I want to swim too. Jump! Catch me Poppy! Look at me! Catch me!
Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday Auntie Erin. Read a book. I like a strawberry please. I like another one please. Snuggle. Hi Seth.
I want go feed ducks too. I coming Uncle Brendan. Daddy. I walk by myself. Grandpa and Grandma. Hi.
Uh oh, Seth fell in it. Fall in a pond. It’s no ducks.
Go for a walk with Grandma. Go around a pond. Don’t fall in!