The museum is open all summer long for tourists and locals to come and explore. The children there on August 1 however got to explore more than the confines of the buildings walls. Space exploration was the mission of the smiling toddlers and youth this week, as they explored Planet Rusty Relics for the other missing planets.
The children hiked across the property searching for Jupiter under the stairs, Mars on the caboose, Uranus in the flower beds and the rest of the planets scattered amongst the train tracks. Each kid was determined to find the most planets, and a total of 46 were actually discovered.
After the search of missing planets, the space crew kids began to make painted alien creations on the nearby picnic table, while others participated in space Frisbee and moon putt. During the moon putt activity children played their version of zero gravity golf, on foam mattresses. This brought out many giggles, as their little legs tried to stay balanced.
The fun and games continues as a group activity of astronaut, astronaut, alien began. This was of course just a space version of duck duck goose, and proved to be more dangerous than originally thought. The kids took the game a little too seriously and began acquiring scrapes and bruises, which didn’t seem to faze them at all.
The fun was interrupted as the adults frankly didn’t want the injuries to continue, and a much gentler game of pass the space balls began. The group was split into two and a relay game was started, with the goal of getting the most balls to the other end of a chain of eager kids.
The snack of the day this week was much appreciated, as the watermelon juice was quite the hydration tool their bodies needed to refuel.
The day concluded with an indoor colouring activity and the very tired children began to go home. Only a few more weeks of museum Wednesday are left at the museum and include a farm day, ever so talked about train day and hopefully a first nation’s day. Everyone is welcomed.