Sunday, April 20, 2014

Discovery and Easter eggs..........

Happy Easter to all on this beautiful morning of Redemption!

For the past several years, our family has celebrated Easter together on the Saturday prior because of a huge community Easter egg hunt that is held in the park behind our house.  The little kids would hunt for eggs and we'd followed it up with a day of food and family.  Well, I've noticed something, those little kids keep growing up.  That means outgrowing things like egg hunts, so we have had to adjust and get creative......which is what we did yesterday.

We do still have one young grandchild and he came in time for the egg hunt.  We were joined for lunch by other family members and then we drove to Salem, for a delightful afternoon, with one of the granddaughters and her family visiting and playing at the A. C. Gilbert Discovery Museum. 

BTW, A.C. Gilbert is the man who invented the Erector set!  He was born in Salem, Oregon attended George Fox College and went on to earn his M.D. from Yale.  At the turn of the 20th century he invented, and went onto build a business empire around, the Erector set and a multitude of other toys and household appliances that he invented.



On the front porch you are greeted by this huge rocking chair that, in this case, is full of the Tomb family.


Inside we had tea and learned about China with Emma and Lucy.........




Emma and her Dad played store...........


 
 
 
 
Then we were all captivated by this truly "mesmerizing" room with a big screen and fun camera that produced these images.......................
 
 
 
 
This is Emma, Lucy and I.......
 
 
 

In this picture, Hubby had his walking stick with him and when he moved it....the stick created the lines and the hula hoops the kids were playing with made the circles on the bottom.  Fascinating!


Examples of Mr. Gilberts original toy.....and some of the things that could be created with the pieces.


Toy manufacturing was not enough to keep Mr. Gilbert's employees busy year around, so he went on to design and patent 150 other items, that would create full time employment in his New York City facility.







These are the play structures outside with the squirrel sitting on the table.  In the middle photo you can see how hard it was raining but much of the area is covered...so the girls got to enjoy this area, too.







 
I wouldn't overlook the art......this watercolor was painted by a 10 year old!

If you live in Oregon, or are planning to visit, I would recommend taking the kids to Salem's Discovery Museum because this is just a small sample of all the entertainment offered and the kids will love it!

Hope you are all having a wonderful Easter weekend. 


3 comments:

Terra said...

I like that Discovery Museum, it looks like you had fun. That inventor of erector sets and many other things was brilliant.

elle said...

Looks like a great family time! Happy Easter!

Marilyn J. Rock said...

Thank you for sharing this with us! Happy Easter to you and yours! xo