On day 3 of vacation, Keith headed off to a day of learning at his conference. So the kids and I did some Google research and decided to head to the Carnegie Science Center for the day. Keith and I had been before 6 or so years ago, and I knew I wanted to take the kids this week, so why not now?
We got to the museum just a half hour it opened and stayed until closing. The kids seem to really enjoy it! The boys really enjoying building with the blue blocks in the building section. They weren't terribly interested in the space stuff, but they liked the robots. Elinore even impersonated the robot, which was terribly amusing! We went to the planetarium and saw a Sesame Street show! The boys thought it was neat, and Elinore sure likes Elmo, so that was neat! There were a couple times she got anxious or scared in there though and started to cry, but a slightly tighter hold and some reassurance from mom fixed that. The second time though, she was asking for Daddy!
We had a late light lunch at the museum cafe before we headed outside to see the submarine! The boys had been looking forward to going in and seeing it. Carrying Elinore through there was a bit interesting, she spent a lot of time saying "watch head!" The boys helped with her going through each little portal you had to squeeze through.
Then we headed over to the Sports Center part of the museum, which the boys also really enjoyed! This is where Elinore took her afternoon nap in the stroller. The boys participated in several of the interactive displays. They rode a simulator through the body. They jumped with the human yo-yo. They raced each other in time trials and they spun around in a display. Caden even jumped on the bungee trampoline. Caleb stood in line for awhile with his brother before changing his mind. Then he came back later to try again and got out of line again after he changed his mind!
Once the museum closed we took a short walk on the river and grabbed some dinner at Jerome Bettis' Grille 36. The kids were really well behaved there and ate well before we took a leisurely walk back to our car. We saw a few statues on the way, like the World War II Memorial, a fallen police officers memorial, and the Fred Rogers statue.
Then we drove back to the hotel, and on the way Daddy called! So we picked him up and drove around for him to decide on something to eat. After an adventurous drive (aren't they all in Pittsburgh?), we ended up at Joe's Crab Shack at Station Square. Caden especially liked the fountain display there! Even though we'd already ate dinner, we joined daddy for an appetizer and dessert while he enjoyed his crab. It was nice to be able to wrap up our evening with him!