Last month, the Seattle Children’s Museum posted a contest on facebook for Mother’s Day. To enter, I needed only to leave a comment about something I had learned from my mom. Here’s what I posted:
“My mom taught me about putting everyone else first. She became a mom and wife at 17. A decade later she had my brother and I, only 15 months apart (oops!). In between, she became a nurse and has spent the past 30 years caring for the sickest patients in an ICU. She always cared for everyone else first and has done everything she can to heal, love and teach those around her. I’ve never seen a moment of selfishness from her, ever. I am also a nurse and a mother now, and I can honestly say I learned everything I know about both from her.”
Lo and behold, I won the contest! I was notified by the staff and very shortly afterward received in the mail a one-year membership for our entire family. Wahoo! I had been wanting to take Zoey to the museum for awhile now but, with me being out of work and money being very limited, it hadn’t happened. So, a week ago Sunday we piled the kids into the car, told Zoey we were headed to “a play place by the Space Needle” and made our way to the Children’s Museum.
It really is an awesome place! There is so much to do there, and for a very wide variety of ages. Zoey absolutely loved the fact that she was allowed to touch and use everything. No “that’s not for you!” No “No touching please!” Just uninhibited playing.
There were plenty of things for the toddler-aged kids to touch, move, climb on, under and around and explore. Those same things had lots of educational value for older kids as well, making for fun learning of basic science and math principles.
There was a whole section for “role playing” where the kids could dress up as firefighters, bus drivers, mail delivery persons, restaurant workers and more. The costumes were merely the icing on the cake of the elaborate playscapes, of course.
There is a “hardware store” where kids can build anything they can dream up.
It’s a good thing they gave us a full year-long membership because there is so much to see and do there that we didn’t even get to it all. We will definitely be going back often to play and explore, especially as the days get rainier and Eleanor gets more active.
This post was not sponsored. While I did receive the free membership as part of a contest as stated above, no compensation was given from the Seattle Children’s Museum – or anyone else – for this post. However, if you would like to pay me for this post I am more than willing to accept your offer. 🙂