Thursday, January 24, 2013

Family Fun - Week 3

Our New Year's resolution was to do at least one family activity or outing, just the five of us, every week this year. This is week 3 of family fun.

On Friday, the kids had a day off school as the teachers had a professional activities day. The PA days in our district rarely line up the PA days in Toronto, so it's a great time to do something crowd-free in Toronto. We went to the Ontario Science Centre for this PA day last year and purchased an annual family membership which was expiring on Saturday, making Friday the perfect opportunity for family fun at the science centre.

Scenes From the Science Centre
Maybe this is why Fiacra brings odd stuff home from everywhere we go

Fiacra and Finian enjoyed making paper airplanes, having them blown up the tube, and then trying to catch them as they came down.

The kids enjoyed the bird-related activities. Based on our combined family weight, we would need an eight metre wing span to fly. Connell came close to injuring himself trying to beat Fiacra's number of wing beats per minute. Fiacra was pretty pleased with his 73 beats per minute until he saw that hummingbirds range from 30 to 90 beats per second!

Our family's wing span

Bird Boy
Each time we have gone to the science centre, the kids have spent quite a bit of time at this ball track, waiting for the balls to pop out so they can feed them back in. Finian was fascinated by it.

We spent a lot of time blowing bubbles using our hands. The bubble solution was great, making strong, long lasting bubbles.

Finian through a bubble wall

Our membership has now expired. Next time we go, we will get another annual membership - it works out to be about the same cost as two single visits. When we have a membership, we are definitely inclined to go more frequently. We also have a membership for the Toronto Zoo and in the past have had a membership for the ROM. We are due a visit to the ROM, it's been a while. Family fun for another day!

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