We did it! Today, before the baby was even 6 weeks old, we hopped onto the Metro and took the boys DOWNTOWN! Yes, it has to be said with just that intonation, according to Widget. He latched on to that word somewhere this week (Harold and the Purple Crayon, perhaps?) and has been talking about it for days … he wants to go DOWNTOWN to see the cars and the buildings. So, we did! We also went to see the DINOSAURS … RARWH!
Yes, I know no one knows what the dinosaurs actually sounded like. No, I don’t care. In the words of Titan and Rhea’s mom, “Since we don’t know what noises they made, who’s to say they didn’t sound like lions and bears?” Good point!
So today’s review is of the Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. So much has been written about it that I won’t bore you with a long post, but I do want to put in a quick plug for the Smithsonian museums or any museum near you, even if your kid isn’t out of diapers. Widget absolutely LOVED the Hall of Dinosaurs, and we went up and down the steps endlessly, getting different views of the allosaurus, the stegosaurus, and of course the T-rex. It was awesome. Then he ran back out to the great hall with the humongous mastadon (“the nose” in Widget-ese), looked up at it in awe for a few minutes, cheeped along with the soundtrack of the birds, and declared that he was “done” and that we would “go train.” Well, good enough.
After all, they don’t need to see it all in one day. But they do need to see it. And if the museum is free, or there is an annual membership available, then it doesn’t really matter whether we stay for an hour or all day. We can come back anytime, and the important part is that we were there, we enjoyed it, and we were together.
We were, we did, and it was freakin’ awesome.
P.S. Little Bear slept the entire time!