Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mythbusters

My hubs is not a fan of watching kid shows, so he has found a few non-kid shows that are (usually) suitable to watch together with Nate.  One of their faves is Mythbusters on Discovery Channel.  In case you are not familiar with the show it is a documentary in which two Hollywood special effects experts attempt to debunk urban legends by directly testing them. Which usually results in something being blown up.  What little boy (or man) doesn't love that?  ;-)


 So, when we saw that the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago was having a Mythbusters exhibit we knew it would be right up Nate's alley.  Thanks to a friend who works there we were able to make it an affordable day trip for the three of us.
 The exhibit was very hands on and kid friendly.  It started with an area that held lots of props that have been used on the show, many of which were familiar to us.  Then it had several stations that had myths for us to "test".  Nate had a blast building houses out of straw, wood and bricks to see which would blow down.  And Isaac pulled the table cloth out from under the table setting (he only lost one plate ;-). 
 There was a live show set up where a few volunteers got to test their response time and one lucky guy got to attempt to dodge a paint ball bullet.
 After the Mythbuster exhibit we explored a lot of the rest of the museum too.  We learned a lot about storms, tornados and various aspects of weather.  Nate got to stand inside a wind tunnel with me. 
 There was so much to see we could have stayed longer but it was 3+ hours each way so we had to head out far too early.
 We did make time for a Chicago style dinner at Giordano's Famous Chicago Style Pizza. Nate raved about how it was the best pizza he had ever had.  When I asked him why it was the best he said: "Duh, 'cause its the cheesiest!".  ;-)  That's my boy!
  Nate insisted on going around and around in the rotating door just like Buddy did on the movie Elf. 
 We had such a great day.  This is one of the great things about homeschooling... we have the best field trips!  ;-)

1 comment:

Danielle Huddleston said...

Justin would LOVE this! He has watched the superhero's episodes until he had them memorized! I will have to see if it is coming close to us at all!