Archive for August, 2009

The Science Center

July 25, 2009 – Part 2

After Narnia we headed over to the Science Center in Union Station. I wasn’t sure what we were doing or if we were going to have fun at first. We started off walking through echo cave where I said I could hear my echo even though I didn’t know what an echo was. I think I had Mom and Dad wondering what we were doing… After that we decided to see what was upstairs.

Checking the Air Ducts

Checking the Air Ducts

Up we headed and there we noticed that there were a lot of things under construction. After a reading of the sign which stated that there were things that needed fixing inside the air ducts, to crawl through and find the problem, Emma and I took off. I did notice some fallen wires and things on our way through, though I didn’t get a chance to fix them. Here we are upon finishing our task. After that we headed over to some pipes and pushed buttons to see where the pipes ended. We also tried to turn some wheels fast enough to make the light bulbs work. Dad got his working, Mom got hers blinking, but I couldn’t get mine to light up. After that we stopped by a tree house that had pictures of all kinds of birds. We didn’t stay there long though, instead we headed up the elevator again. Our first stop was an area where you could make music on all sorts of instruments. Here we are playing the drums.

Trash Can Band

Trash Can Band

Behind us you could also see that there was a piano on the ground and some life size chimes in the background. There was also a button you could push that made a fan blow some wind chimes. After playing all kinds of tunes we headed on down to the Science Center’s town. Our first stop was the Astronauts Pad where we learned about how astronauts have to sleep in bags on the walls! That was really silly. After that we went into the towns hotel, which was really strange. In one of them Emma and I went up the stairs but they only went halfway up the room and then we couldn’t got any further because they kept going, except they were upside down. In one of the bathrooms we were looking in the mirror and then all of a sudden we weren’t there anymore. It was a very strange hotel, I’m glad we didn’t have to sleep there. We also stopped by the crime lab, though we didn’t stay there long and also the news station. There I finally got to watch a video of a tornado so I could see what one looked like. They also had a thing where you could push a button and make a smoke tornado like they had at the museum I went to with Uncle Nate. The next thing we did was head over to a police helicopter they had, which I had been keeping my eye on for quite some time. Here I am learning how to fly one with Emma as my copilot. You can’t tell from the picture, but the blades are actually spinning.

Flying a Helicopter

Flying a Helicopter

I practiced driving for a while. There was a radio inside that told us there was an emergency, but you couldn’t talk back on the radio, only listen. Emma was a pretty good copilot. She was a little unsure of my flying abilities and tried to close the door, but it was chained open. Mom and Dad told her it didn’t close. Fortunately no one fell out during our flight.

Flying - Pilot Robbie & Co-Pilot Emma

Flying - Pilot Robbie & Co-Pilot Emma

After a few minutes of flying we were off again. We walked past a neat deal where there were rubber ducks floating in a table of water and you could move tabs to make the ducks go different directions. I wanted to stop but Mom said we needed to move on and hurry since we were going to have to go eat soon. We headed downstairs and there we entered the public works system. There was another sign informing us of some type of blockage in the sewer pipes and asking for help in finding the problem. Emma and I headed up the ladder and into the sewer pipes. It was very dark inside. I slowly made my way down the pipes, it was hard to find any problems without having a flashlight. I think next time I’ll bring mine along just in case something like this comes up again. I made my way all the way through without any problems. Emma on the other hand needed a little bit of prodding from a girl behind her to go on through. We both came through all in one piece. After that Dad and Mom said it was time to go so we would have time to eat before the ballgame. I was really disappointed to go but maybe we can go back sometime. Here we are at Union Station:

Union Station

Union Station

We had dinner at Chili’s. Emma and I shared chicken strips and apples as well as eating chips and salsa with Dad and Mom. Emma put a lot of salsa on her chips and said it was hot and drank a lot of water, but then she kept doing it. We ran out of chips around the time our food got there. I was ready to eat my food but when the waitress asked if we needed anything else Emma informed her that we were all out of chips and asked for more. We did our best to eat our dinners and the chips, but we ended up having to take some food home with us. We topped off our dinners by sharing a dessert, Emma and I had a little glass with brownie and cool whip in it. It was really yummy.

After dinner it was off to the ballpark again. We got there and headed over to the Rangers dugout to watch batting practice and see if we could get some autographs. When we got there the Royals had just finished up and the Rangers were just starting their batting practice. We watched them practice and tried to get autographs. Other people were able to get some of their things signed but we didn’t have a whole lot of luck. I had brought my ball that I got in Texas hoping to get it signed and was kind of disappointed that I didn’t get mine signed. I did however manage to get one of their practice balls signed by Josh Hamilton compliments of another fan that was there who ended up getting two autographed Josh Hamilton balls. They noticed my dissapointment and offered me one of theirs. I was very thankful for their generosity. The ball is signed and even has a verse on it. I am hoping Mom will pick up a case for me to keep it in so it doesn’t get dirty. After that we headed up to our seats, we sat in the same seats as we did the night before. After the first inning Mom had to take Emma to the car because she flooded, they missed two out of the three Rangers runs. They made it back in time to see the Rangers’ pitcher fall apart and the Rangers lose to the Royals. I think maybe they just need to fire that pitcher. After the game we stopped and got chocolate chip cookies as a treat and then headed home. Emma and I slept in the car so the trip didn’t seem as long to us. We got home really late and went straight to bed as we had church in the morning. That’s about it from our trip. Since then I’ve been helping Mom get caught up on laundry and we’ve been getting back into a routine with me back home. I must say I had a good trip but it sure is good to be home.

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