the day started with a quick selfie in the back seat.
it was a nice and easy ride out on the 210 freeway, a drive i hadn't done in a really long time. we managed to get there pretty quickly and even with a couple of stops along the way, managed to make it almost on time. heh.
once we were checked off of the guest list and given wristbands for admission, we headed inside. this museum is very similar to its sister location in santa ana, but way nicer and newer.
we met up with the birthday girl and some of her friends in the market area, where the kids were happily playing a grocery shopping game using specially equipped carts.
when she was done, she decided to help her friend mini DG with his shopping.
she did such a great job, she ended up on the "super shoppers" wall of fame! i was so proud.
and then she moved on to the recycling game. this skill would come in handy a few days later. heh.
by then it was time to head to the party room and grab some grub. on our way out, she decided to test out the tornado chamber.
and her sister snuck in a couple of quick experiments.
the party room was super cute and the perfect size for our group.
the birthday girl got some fun gifts from the museum.
and i was pretty excited for the party favors (which i knew the bean would be happy to share with me).
love the panda headbands!
and pizza. i love pizza.
after everyone had had their fill of party food, it was time to build a robot with the assistance of two staff members who were clearly not feeling it that day. i get it, you probably do this crap multiple times a day every weekend, but come on girls, muster up a little enthusiasm. anyway, the kids were all excited to work on their project and gathered all of their supplies as instructed: a motor, a rubber band, a glue stick, a AA battery, and a plastic cup.
it was actually a pretty simple little project, but with great results. first, they tested their motors to make sure they worked by touching the wires to the ends of the battery. if the motor vibrated, they were good to go.
next, they wrapped the rubber band around the battery lengthwise twice. yes, the old lady got in on the robot action too.
except that somehow, her motor decided it didn't want to work after all.
the bean is a perfectionist. because she couldn't get her pieces aligned so that they were perfectly straight, she got frustrated and didn't want to finish the robot. instead, she sat back and watched everyone else get theirs done. they each taped four markers to the sides of the plastic cup and when the wires were in place and the motor turned on, the glue stick spun around like a propeller, causing the whole thing to bounce up and down and draw dotted lines all across the paper on the table. it was actually pretty cool.
she was happy to get a few minutes of time with the birthday girl, though.
after that, we were free to roam about the museum at our leisure. i got my chance to stand in the tornado too.
meanwhile, the kids were happily screaming and laughing inside the wind tunnel. yes, all of the kids.
upstairs, we noticed a strong presence of an obvious sponsor:
towards the rear of the building, we found some fun games to play. someone was entertained for a few minutes before getting distracted by an incoming text or twelve.
we made our way over to the hockey stuff, where everyone got to participate in some way.
then it was back downstairs, where the kids played that recycling game and we found ways to keep ourselves entertained.
i really do love how places like this turn my too-cool-for-school older daughter into a six-year-old again.
then she took her sister over to grab a tablet so that she could play the home inspector game.
the mock home was really cute. i could totally live there. you know, minus the fact that nothing actually works and tons of people walk through it every day.
she was pretty excited to have made it onto the "super inspectors" photo board.
since we'd postponed the old lady's traditional birthday dinner in favor of the trip out to au fudge, i'd suggested that we take a quick drive out to northridge to pick up food to go for dinner. but first, we made a stop for some shave ice (which usually comes after said birthday dinner, but whatever). it was a great treat, despite its extremely phallic appearance.
yay for fulfilling a birthday promise!
i don't know what it is, but that pasta and sauce is just magical. we made sure to order enough to have leftovers, and we've been enjoying them little by little almost every day. talk about spreading out the happy.