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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

the city of brotherly love

We went to Philadelphia this past weekend to visit the Please Touch museum. (This is for children!!) Had lots and lots of fun, saw our friend Kathryn and her little Dude, who is not nearly as crazy as she makes him out to be, went swimming at the hotel, which we shared with a conference of lactation consultants... and ate cheese steak! And South Philly spaghetti! (okay, okay, I ate the veal too -- but I'm not talking about it! It's a native hunt, I tell you!)

Some things to consider:

Why doesn't DC have a great children's museum? Are we a second-tier city? Aha! But our museums are free -- not $15 frickin dollars for each 2-year-old, which means nobody better cry, because we're damn well staying until nap time.

The Liberty Bell is pretty small.

Lucy is the funniest. She says, and this has nothing to do with Philadelphia, "Do not laugh at Josephine. It makes her bad." Also, why does she appear to know the entire plot of The Little Mermaid, including how Ariel has to approach Ursula, who is like a person except she's sorta purple, to get her voice back and also, "If you become a mermaid, they take away your clothes, except for your underwear..." and she's never seen this movie??

(Underwear. Maybe undies. But never panties, thankyouverymuch.)

Anyway, some shots from the museum:

The babies and Lucy prepare for careers in the Army Corps of Engineers.

Lucy the Clown!

Margaret takes the wheel.

Josephine rides the carousel.

(She looks sweet, doesn't she? You should see the bite mark on Margaret's arm!! Do not be fooled.)


Blogger Pamela said...

Babies + water table. I see a bad combo.

We had a children's museum by Union station. They lost their lease and the city didn't rally behind them, so they closed. They are reopening in National Harbor in a couple of years. I doubt there will be free parking (or maybe I'm still annoyed at paying $15 for Cirque du Soleil parking there)

March 4, 2009 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Pamela said...

And shouldn't your post be City of Sisterly Love?

March 4, 2009 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

The old DC Children's Museum is now over-priced (and under-selling) condos. Serves them right!

Count your blessing we don't have a Children's Museum. After a visit to the aforemented DC one, my sister ended up with lice. 'Twas the Betsy Ross and Assorted American Revolutionaries dress-up that did her in. Very authentic...colonial-era parasites and all.

March 4, 2009 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Pamela, you're right!! Sisterly love! Except for the biting part...
And, Meg... oh my. We had a lice scare in my elementary school when this one girl (who had recently rode the Greyhound bus somewhere) shared her feather clip. Remember feather clips??! Fortunately, I was not cool enough for feather clips!

March 4, 2009 at 4:53 PM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

the science center in baltimore is pretty kid friendly and we have a membership .. it may not cover the whole brood, but it's worth a trip when you're up this way

March 5, 2009 at 10:42 AM  

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