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Hunting for Dragons at the Science Center

Sometimes you just need the right exhibit to spur you onto getting that long suggested membership. The temporary Mythical Creatures display at the Science Center was the big draw for us, and well worth it.20170223_151713

We actually made an attempt to go the day before only to realize the museum closed early that day. But our second day choice was just perfect. It wasn’t busy, though parking was scarce due to hockey games nearby. We used my homeschool status for a discount and were ready to go and enjoy over an hour of educational fun.20170223_144900

While the mythical creatures were the main draw we did enjoy some of the other permanent displays this visit. We definitely need to come back and see more of those. Thankfully with the membership it is just a matter of choosing a day when Ken can take a half day.20170223_145519

20170223_150651I have a mountain of pictures to share so will do so. Though first – we hadn’t realized you could do this, but the large astronaut in the center of the building allows you to put your face in the helmet! So some of the kids did!20170223_145335

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BUT I know you are all waiting for the big draw – sit back and enjoy the mythical (and some not so mythical) creatures! First off… DRAGON!IMG_20170223_164302_881

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And Kraken!IMAG0657

Now all Mermaids were beautiful… though one was.IMG_20170223_164457_065

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And here is the creature some think inspired a lot of these... the manatee.

And here is the creature some think inspired a lot of these… the manatee.

The Unicorn was another favourite.20170223_152455

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Here is Echo with a replica horn. Some felt the narwhal was the inspiration for the unicorn's single horn.

Here is Echo with a replica horn. Some felt the narwhal was the inspiration for the unicorn’s single horn.

And then there were some animals that were actually a REAL thing…IMG_20170223_164524

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Or the confusion that came from finding the remains of something.

This skull confused a lot of people making them think it was from a cyclops... it is actually a pygmy elephant skull!

This skull confused a lot of people making them think it was from a cyclops… it is actually a pygmy elephant skull!

There were multiple types of dragons.

Sir George slaying the dragon.

Sir George slaying the dragon.

But my personal favourite is the Asian dragons.IMG_20170223_165709_568

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But enough of my chatter… enjoy the last few images!IMG_20170223_234926_585

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Roc

Roc

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Off to the Zoo

September 1-2

It took us multiple tries to get to the zoo… we totally misjudged a holiday Monday AND a fair which left the parking lot so packed we simply did not have the patience to hunt down a rather elusive parking spot even further from the entrance. Como may not be the biggest zoo in the state but as the “free” zoo there are more than a few draws to have people come out in droves to visit. Our final aborted attempt led us to a park instead.101_9410 101_9412 101_9414 101_9415 101_9419 IMG_4079

Miss Echo squeaked in some school time… working on her name for Gammie. 101_9420

BUT we made it on the 2nd. This was Karyn’s first trip to the Como Zoo. We didn’t see everything but we had a blast.101_9425

It was the perfect day for flowers AND animals…101_9424 101_9426 101_9427 101_9428

There was an amazing art display all carved out of wood.101_9429 101_9430 101_9431 IMG_4095

We did another plastic mold. This is our third… we now have a seal, a gorilla and now a bear from the polar bear area.101_9469 101_9470 101_9472 101_9477

I have to say the best animal of all was an accidental one – a very courageous chipmunk. He did everything but stop for a pet… running by our shoes… picking up a nut right near us. What an unexpected snack time supplement.IMG_4156 101_9481

Two of the lions were indoors and rather restless, waiting on their dinner. Echo was VERY unsure of the experience. The enclosures are rather old school and there was only thick glass between us and the lions.101_9483 101_9487

There was a couple of educational opportunities (more than just the ever helpful signs by the animals) with little booths that had helpful guides who could tell us all about the animal they were parked across from. The giraffe set up was very interesting.101_9499 101_9498 IMG_4177

I have to say, Karyn being here once again has been an amazing gift! Even better… we had an overnight trip to… of all places… Wisconsin! Of course, that will be a blog entry (or two) all its own. Lots of pictures! But until then, zoo overflow!IMG_4197 101_9508 IMG_4191 IMG_4184

We’re Going to the Zoo… Zoo… Zoo…

how about you… you… you? You could come too… too… too. We’re going to the zoo… zoo… zoo…

I love how Ken is still rubbing sunscreen onto his ears.

I love how Ken is still rubbing sunscreen onto his ears.

Near the entrance

Near the entrance

I love the romantic lighting from the moisture heavy air.

I love the romantic lighting from the moisture heavy air.

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Out from behind the camera for a moment.

Out from behind the camera for a moment.

Mr. Q

Mr. Q

I swear this polar bear has OCD it kept swimming then going up like that and bobbing its head

I swear this polar bear has OCD it kept swimming then going up like that and bobbing its head

Out front of the polar bear area.

Out front of the polar bear area.

Bison

Bison

Snack time

Snack time

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These two stuck together like glue.

These two stuck together like glue.

Lions... no tigers and bears... oh my.

Lions… no tigers and bears… oh my.

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Steep stairs

Steep stairs

How tall IS a giraffe?

How tall IS a giraffe?

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Zander's favourite

Zander’s favourite

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Monkey of some sort

Monkey of some sort

Quinn and Steve had matching shoes

Quinn and Steve had matching shoes

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I wish I had the patience

I wish I had the patience

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And a chipmunk on the way out!

And a chipmunk on the way out