Last week we went to the SC State Museum with one of Michael's friends from physical therapy and his grandmother. They were having a special exhibit there called Pirates, Privateers and Buccaneers. Michael loved it!
When we got there, we spent some time in the play area. They had puzzles, blocks, a treehouse and a NASA spaceship you could sit in. The boys and Katie played nicely in there before we headed in to the exhibit.
The exhibit had lots of life sized pirate replicas, as well as ships and cannons. One of Michael's favorite things was the cannon that he could shoot. There was a tv screen that had a boat moving across it. The object was to shoot the boats down with the cannon. Michael did very well sinking the ship. There was also an area to dress up in pirate gear, complete with eye patches. Another area had toy pirate ships that you could move across the table. Michael had fun making the pirates shoot the cannons and put the anchor down. Katie spent the time napping in her stroller while we toured the exhibit.
After we toured the exhibit and did some playing, we headed over to the dinosaur section of the museum. They had several dinosaur fossils and an area where they were restoring/preserving the bones. Michael wanted to see more bones than they had there so we may have to find a museum that focuses on dinosaurs in the near future.
We also headed upstairs to see the trains. They had toy trains on a track inside a display that would move when you pressed the button. And a big train that you could climb the stairs to board. Michael also enjoyed pulling the string to get the whistle to blow.
I had only been to the museum before for work meetings and was pleasantly surprised to find that there was quite a few things to see there. It would definitely be a place that we would return to, especially on a hot day.