School’s out for summer – for my husband any way. He finally gets a chance to catch up on some of the family fun he has been missing out on. Things like sitting down with us for dinner, instead of going to class. Reading the kids bedtime stories, instead of getting home three hours after they go to bed. Last night, he had the pleasure of going to the Big, Big Bugs Exhibit at the Museum. My husband is not a museum-y person and anything with a ton of kids tearing around gets on his nerves. I think it gets on everyone’s nerves, but some of us just live with it daily and know how to deal with it. A nice glass of wine with dinner, mainly.
It was quite the surprise for both of us that I was the one who declared it a FAIL. Well, not the exhibit itself. The bugs are fine. It was the planetarium show that was Included In The Price Of Our Ticket. I may pay extra not to have it included next time. I’ll just do bullet points with my objections rather than make you listen to a full-on rant. My husband has already done that. Incidentally, today he is looking for some summer classes to take.
- The show was designed for children. It was 45 minutes long and involved mostly lecture.
- The lecture began with a distinction between what technically defined a constellation (not pictures, but specific segments of the sky), and how it is incorrectly used in common speech. As a 45 minute long example, it was used incorrectly thereafter.
- Somehow the lecture wandered into saving endangered lions or something , and environmental stewardship. I’m not opposed to either, of course, but it was a little stretch-y for kids to follow. OK and adults too.
- The show concluded (finally!) with a very loud, very long thunder and lightning soundtrack and sky-lighting finale. Everyone under the age of eight wet their pants a little, and everyone under two was screaming their heads off by the time it was over. Kids LOVE thunderstorms!!
This weekend will be fantastic though. Maybelle has her tap recital and I tried to get you all tickets, but she’ll be tapping to a sold out crowd. I found a few other things going on, and listed them here. If you don’t live in Grand Rapids, don’t worry. I’ll be back tomorrow with a book review and then a tutorial about how to cook dried beans. You just never know what you’ll find here…