Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Wanna know where we went?! Tellus!

*Collective groan for the stupid title. Ok, enough groaning. Don't be rude.*

Along with all of the nature-y stuff that we want to expose Canon to, we want to introduce him all of the cultural wonders that this world offers. Ok, so that may be using a little too much drama to say that we took him a science museum a few weeks ago. Womp, womp.

Whatever, man, all three of us loved it.

We took him to the Tellus Northwest Georgia Science Museum, located way out in B.F.E. We couldn't figure out why in the world it was placed in the middle of nowhere until we discovered that they host star parties at their observatory. How freakin' cool is that?!

The Tellus is divided into several different sections : the mineral gallery, fossil gallery, science in motion, a planetarium, a solar house, and a kids' hands-on experiments exhibit called My Big Back Yard.

Of course, Canon didn't care about anything once he saw the dinosaur. "Yay, we are going to a museum. Oh wait, is that a DINOSAUR?! THIS IS MY FAVORITE PLACE EVER!!!" Ptractically verbatim.

Our little budding geologist also thought all of the rocks and crystals were cool too.

The periodic table of elements - each element was represented by either a picture of the scientist that discovered it or an example of the element and how it is used - was a favorite of mine.

"These rocks are glowing in the dark! I want one!"

The creme de la creme though? Definitely the T-Rex. Dude was so excited to see it that the moment he spotted it his jaw literally dropped and he didn't move for a good 20 seconds. That may as well have been an eternity. This alone was worth the price of admission. Twice.

They had quite a few prehistoric skeletons on display - none of which rivaled ol' Rexie from above - but I thought they were pretty great.

The picture doesn't do this guy any justice. This sea turtle's shell was at least 6 feet across. He was seriously huge. See honey, yet another reason I need a wide angle lens. I couldn't even get his flipper-span!

They had, on display, cars and motorbikes, airplanes and space travel. To see the transitions between the first car to the newest space shuttle - and realizing how little time actually passed between the two - is seriously awe-inspiring. Kind of makes you feel a little dumb too. I mean, what the heck have I ever thought of that was as cool as either of those two things. A big fat nothing. That's what.

Along with all of the real vehicles, there were some really incredible models for viewing. The level of detail in each of them was so astounding that I wonder if their creator ever had time to eat or sleep.

We took in a show at the planetarium that took us on a tour of each of the planets. We even got to see little Pluto, poor guy. This was probably my favorite part of the entire museum because space completely fascinates me. I wasn't allowed to take pictures during the show, but snapped a couple of the domed screen as we were leaving.

There were a couple of activities to get your hands dirty such as mining for gem stones, which we kept...

...and digging for dinosaur bones. Of course, Canon found one. Because he is brilliant. He left it for other kids to find later. And also because it was stuck to the ground. But mostly for the other children. Bless him.

Want to observe the Earth's rotation for yourself? Yep, you can do that here too.

After spending several hours pouring over every exhibit inside, we took on the beautiful weather to check out the solar house. It is a structure, complete with furnishings and appliances, that runs solely on solar power.

These pipes took in rain water for use inside the house.

Apparently I didn't take any photos inside the house {aside from those Seussical flowers} but trust me when I tell you it was cool and I could totally live like that.

Aside from the dinosaus, this monstrosity was definitely Canon's favorite "exhibit". Behold, the gargantuan beast of a dump truck that was parked outside of the museum.

It is so huge that it had to be disassembled and transported on multiple flatbed trucks in pieces just to reassemble it here for motor-heads like my son to enjoy. It was about three times the size of a normal dump truck.

We had so much fun at this museum and were all fascinated by different exhibits, which simply confirmed what we already knew. We love science. We aren't nerds at all. #goscience

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