The permanent insect exhibit is full of live creatures as well as models. Large models.
Tate is about to be eaten by a giant scorpion!
Unlike the zoo, (where they ding you an additional two or three bucks) the Butterfly House at science center is just part of your day. Tate was thrilled to have one land on him :D
Tate gets up close and personal with... something. Python?
They apparently saw a live show featuring a large anaconda, but weren't allowed to approach it.
Be still my heart.
Tate would've liked to hold this little guy, too.
This is fun, and full of local creatures.
Probably not what you were expecting if you're from a warm climate. This water park is full of hands on activities with water.
Archimedes' Screw, an ancient water pump.
One of several water cannons, (with a restricted range.)
They're shooting at the circles.
Gunnar has the backpack. Tate is next to him, and Wyatt is at the cannon.
(Random boy on the right.)
But the coolest thing of all is in the background, and has been shut down for years.
See the blue poles, holding up a blue ring, with what looks like an enormous bowl beneath them?
The bowl is a safety net for the bicycle.
Do you see the bicycle up on the ring near the walkway?
The bicycle has special 'wheels' (like train wheels) that fit onto the rail - the blue ring is a curved rail - and has a large weight that hangs down below to balance it.
You can actually ride the bike around the rail, like a tight-rope walker.
I've done it.
But they never open that anymore. Liability, I suppose.
It's a fascinating balance experience.
Of course, the science center is huge, and awesome, and very, very hands-on,
and there is much, much more!
But here are all the signs that a good time was had by all...
Wyatt, where are you? Were you the photographer of the day? Because you're not in many pictures.