Stepping into a world where science is brought to life through interactive exhibits and explosive experiments sounds like a fun day for me. I love science and exploring how things work, but making that exciting for a 1.5 year old is difficult. The Discovery Place in Charlotte, however, manages to do just that. Yesterday, we spent the day immersed in a world of wonder where there was something for everyone… even Athena.
Watching the fish swim around in their own beautiful, underwater world captivates me. I could stand and watch them for hours. They always seem busy and active. I wonder if they are working, communicating, creating relationships…. Their bright, bold colors remind me of a painting; they seem too vivid to be real.
Playing memory games or figuring out puzzles always holds my interest as well.
In the game, private eye, each player sits in front of the identical tray of objects. They select and remember one object. (I chose the grasshopper.) Taking turns, you try to figure out your partner’s object by asking yes or no questions. My friend, Jessica, selected the pile of crystals and I figured it out in three questions. Woohoo, victory! (Sorry Jess, maybe next time.)
Even the Animal Grossology section had a few interesting exhibits that I surprisingly enjoyed. The “Guess What I Am” game had me wondering what I was getting myself into. Thankfully, there was nothing alive or grabbing me back.
My day was already going swimmingly well, but the excitement on Athena’s face as she explored the Discovery Place Kids section will leave a smile on my face every time I look at the photos. If Discovery Place is great for teens and adults is is just as great, or even better, for children. She played in the water, she banged on the pots and pans, she watched the clock tower, and she climbed on the bridge. She was completely transfixed by the new, adventurous world around her. As I watched her try to figure things out and contemplate climbing the steps of the bridge, I was reminded of how much she’s already like me. When I watch her, I feel young again. She opens my eyes to life and the sense of wonder that exists around every corner.
Although it’s busy during the summer, I’d be happy spending every day at Discovery Place even if it was just watching Athena in the Kids section. Watching her helps me to rediscover that childlike wonder and Discovery Place brought that out in both of us.