Tourist for the Day: Exploratorium

Am I the only person who starts their week even more exhausted than they ended their last? I guess that is the sign of a very fantastic [or very not?] weekend.

This particular weekend was truthfully a bit of both. One of the most exciting events of the weekend was our family outing to the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

HO-LY cow, you guys.

This might be the coolest, most interactive science museum I have ever been to!

The museum embodies the essences of true childhood curiosity meets full-on scientific experimentation. How often do I rush, rush, rush, through my day taking for granted the technology/physics/biology/chemistry that happens before my eyes?

Answer: often.

Honest answer: everyday.

I am a serious lover-of-science at heart [science is the basis of my degree and first four years of my career], and being reminded to never stop asking “Why?” is the museum’s philosophy [and my own if I could remember to think past the laundry and toys and dirty dishes…].

And really, isn’t this a child’s perspective of the world – to ask “Why?”

It was amazing watching Vivi experience so much in two hours. She was a bit young to understand the “point” of many of the activities [ideal age might be starting around 5 or 6?], but introducing her to stop-motion animation, the laws of gravity, action and reaction, and energy conservation was exciting.

We watched a termite colony in action, observed a model geyser exploding, and played with light and sound. It was a truly exhilarating experience. And quite frankly, it was really fun for Drew and me!

It’s amazing how your own child can remind you how to live young again. I cannot wait to return to the Exploratorium soon!

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Located at Pier 15 off the Embarcadero in San Francisco, the Exploratorium is a hands-on experiential museum for both children and adults. If you find yourself planning a trip to SF, you must make the Exploratorium a part of your itinerary. And if you live in the city or the Bay Area, play tourist for the day!  You won’t regret it.

It’s earned the Wheeler Household’s stamp of approval [ten times over].