Betty Brinn Children's Museum

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Grocery shopping
So my favorite four year old was in town this weekend and I couldn't wait to take her to the Children's museum...and she couldn't wait to go.  Our usual activities were out the window, due to this visit coinciding with the Harley Davidson 105th year anniversary...aka Harley Fest.  I was a little worried about even going to the museum, which is downtown, but we found a place to park with relative ease and were were ready to go.  Now, when I asked Kendall what she wanted to do in Milwaukee...she said, "play!"  What better place than the children's museum.  As we were entering some lady gave us two free tickets - Sweet!  I let Koby use one, because I'm pretty sure he wasn't dying to go here in the first place.
Hopefully, these items are on sale. The bank only gave us $16.
  He just wanted to spend time with Kendall.  She is, after all, EVERYONE'S favorite four year old.  We paid our money and Kendall took off running.  Now, I have to say that I love the concept of the interconnected businesses and the set-up, but I think museum volunteers (kids) should be at each location so that things run smoothly.  So let me explain the concept.  There is an grocery store, where you can actually shop and buy food and there was the cutest little girl running the cash register.  You can also put together floral arrangements, make sandwiches, and stock at the grocery store.  My sister and I got a kick out of stocking.  Well, I got a kick out of stocking, it appeals to that part of me that loves for everything to be in its place.
Learning the latest moves
  So, anyway, there is also a post office.  Kendall sorted mail from the mail bag and she also put the packages in the correct cubby hole.  She ran the conveyor belt to move the boxes.  Then the phone rang...it was the auto repair shop looking for a package that should have been delivered.  I gave Kendall a box and she walked it over to the car shop, and the girl was like "oh, the part we were waiting on."  It was adorable.  There is also a bank, where we got the money to buy the groceries at the grocery store.  There is also an apple orchard, that last time I went had a fake tree you picked apples from and now it's just a painting on the wall with apples attached with velcro...it felt kind of B team.  I think that's it.
Taking the latest moves to the people
  Then we moved through some area that was a huge bore to Kendall.  I tried to get her interested in this camera that showed you different perspectives, but she was not fooled into thinking it was interesting.  Then we moved on to the performing arts section.  We adults were very intrigued with this orchestra exhibit where you are the conductor.  You move this wand and the orchestra plays at the speed that you move it.  Oh the fun we had with this.  Kendall, not so much.  She did, however, like the dance studio that taught you dance moves.  It was kind of cool, but Andrea and I looked dumb.  She then took those moves on the road next door at the performance theater.  It's funny because the kids dress up in these costumes they have and then they go on stage, pull the curtains and do whatever they desire, and they have no shame or embarrassment.
A city...according to kendall ( the blue is the water)
  I love it.  We all applauded Kendall's dance moves and moved on to the arts and crafts section, where we practically had to drag Kendall from 30 minutes later.  This girl loves art.  They had paper, markers, crayons, glue, tissue paper, printed paper, felt, foam, string and scissors all for your creative pleasure.  Kendall decided she was making a town out of foam.  She cut these pieces up and glued them to the page.  This sounds like a much quicker process than it was.  Andrea and I got in on it and I made a tree and flowers and Andrea drew a chair and table set.  When at last Kendall's masterpiece was done we headed back to the body section.  I tried to get Kendall to go down a slide in the left chamber of the heart, but she wouldn't do it without me.
Making lunch
  Oh the contortions I had to do to get my adult body through the hole, but it made her happy, so it made me happy.  Then on to the digestive tunnel.  Here you load a lunch tray up with carbs, fat, protein, water and minerals, then you go to the other side and slide these into tubes that make disgusting noises.  Kendall finished and immediately did it again.  Andrea tried out her wheelchair manuevering skills at an exhibit where you sit in a wheelchair then get a ball, open a door, roll through the door, shut the door behind you and then put the ball in a basket.  And not to bust my sister out, but she cheated.  Then it was on to practice 911.  Now what I learned here is that Kendall may need practice.  I was the 911 operator and I said "Where is your emergency" and she said in her house.
Andrea doing wheelies
   So I asked where that was and she had no idea.  Sounds like homework time.  I then went through the process again with another cute little girl who was equally clueless.  By now, the guys (Chris and Koby) are sitting down glaring at us and Andrea is on her phone talking.  Me and Kendall check out the ambulance and then the hospital room.  She isn't really ready to go, but it is time to go.
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Grocery shopping
Grocery shopping
Hopefully, these items are on sale…
Hopefully, these items are on sal…
Learning the latest moves
Learning the latest moves
Taking the latest moves to the peo…
Taking the latest moves to the pe…
A city...according to kendall ( th…
A city...according to kendall ( t…
Making lunch
Making lunch
Andrea doing wheelies
Andrea doing wheelies
listening the the wonderful sounds…
listening the the wonderful sound…
performing emergency surgery
performing emergency surgery
Chris looks like he is in agony
Chris looks like he is in agony
Kendall made me go in this slide
Kendall made me go in this slide
The inside of a clock
The inside of a clock
The raising of the flag
The raising of the flag
Kendall pretending she knows the P…
Kendall pretending she knows the …
Some bronze kids and chocolate kid
Some bronze kids and chocolate kid
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