In the spring, instead of cleaning, my thoughts turn to travel. We sometimes scratch that itch with a long weekend in Edmonton. We just came back from a five day jaunt. Here are some of the places we visited, and the Calgary Public Library items we carted along for the ride!
When Simon was little we took stacks of readalong CDs and books. I remember Anansi the spider by Gerald McDermott. While I drove, Simon followed along with the book in his carseat. I listened too so that we could talk about it together. As he got older we switched to bookcds.
Recently we’ve been listening to Rick Riordan’s Lightning Thief series. It’s a great way for the family to share a story.
Our first stop in Edmonton was the Telus World of Science. It’s always the first stop, because it’s such a great place. I love the carnival style health exhibit with the big pink tongue and disgusting smells in jars. This year the astronaut exhibit held us the longest. There are also permanent exhibits on solving a crime, helping the environment, and a hands on center for younger kids with water pumps and a dance-on piano.
Second stop- The Royal Museum of Alberta. You might want to read Stick insects: masters of defense by Sandra Markle before you go, because our number one destination is the insect zoo on the second floor. We’re always amazed by the camouflaged stick insects. The dioramas with Alberta animals are also interesting. In fact the fine paintings in the back of all their displays deserve a good look on their own.
Third stop- the new Art Gallery of Alberta. It’s a fantastic new building with a metal ribbon running through it that’s fun to explore. Simon liked the plastic whale skeletons that Brian Jungen made out of lawn chairs. These are gone soon, but a summer show on Andy Warhol will open May 28. Uncle Andy's by James Warhola is a charming picture book about Warhol’s nephew who visited him in New York. (Andy dropped the last a in the family name)
Final stop- West Edmonton Mall. 17 waterslides. Enough said!
Horatio Hornblower DVDs and Warriors books filled in the rest of our spare time. The Warriors series of novels by Erin Hunter is about clans of cats who struggle and fight to survive. Horatio Hornblower is about a young English naval officer in the 1700’s. It’s a great family movie for those with an older boy: ships and cannons for the kids, history for dads, and handsome Ioan Gruffud for the moms.