Friday, December 24, 2010

Vacation Day 5 - Part II

We spent the last half of day 5 at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center at Balboa Park. Like any hands-on science center there was lots to do, and we had fun.

Although many of the exhibits were similar to other centers, there was one round, big room on the second floor with nothing but thousands of Keva planks, to build and to destroy.

Bridgette enjoyed building small towers and then knocking them down. She also liked walking on top of piles of planks. I took video of her walking circles around Jeff, but it's long so I didn't include it here.

We were very pleased to see her test-walking an uneven surface. If you'll recall (we certainly do), she took her first tentative "baby" steps only a few months ago. She's not quite caught up to her age-group, but we're happy to see her experiment.

This was perhaps our favorite exhibit -- a giant rotating turn-table with variously sized discs to throw, spin, roll across it, illustrating the Coriolis Effect. It was endlessly entertaining, kind of mesmerizing... like fire. I would like to build one in our basement. The video below is dark, so I included this photo as well.

We spent hours and hours here, finishing up at the center's closing time with a meal that cost too much and was pretty gross. Bridgette didn't take a nap on this particular day, an experiment to see if she would sleep better through the night in our little shared hotel room. I don't remember if it worked.


Heidi said...

Looks like fun!

Lore said...

I am enjoyimg these. Please, keep them coming.