Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Day Lunacy

I've come up with a new plan for whenever I don't want to go somewhere. I hide under my train table. You wouldn't think this would be very effective, but you have to consider the placement of the train table. It is in the back corner of the play room, which is a perfect location for me because my tiny feet can easily navigate the vast field of ponies, Barbies and Littlest Pet Shops that litter the floor, and my parents cannot. They are too afraid of stepping on and breaking any of the thousands of forgotten toys that would suddenly become my sisters' favorite toy and a huge tragedy if broken, and therefore have to forge a new path to the train table each time they try to extract me.

Today my mom didn't feel like entering the abyss, so she tried a new tactic. She said, "Let's take Gillian to school and then we'll go see some big trains and take a train ride." Of course, I was intrigued, so I came right out.

Our local Museum of Transportation recently built a new visitors' center and Creation Station (a place for preschoolers to play with transportation-themed toys). Everything is set to open to the public next week, but they had a special preview for members this week, so Mom thought I would enjoy it (we've been to the museum many times, but that was before I was obsessed with trains and I was usually relegated to the baby carrier). Turns out, during the preview, only the Creation Station and visitors' center are open. No train rides, no running around on the big trains in the yard. Boo. Granted, Mom didn't know she was deceiving me at the time, but still.

The Creation Station did end up being pretty awesome. I mean, it's a room full of cars, trains, planes, basically everything I love. They had five train tables, buckets and buckets full of track, and more Thomas and Friends trains (plus the inferior Chuggington) than I could ever imagine. The only thing I love as much as vrooming trains along a track is seeing how many I can carry at the same time. I easily carried at least 10 today and probably could have squeezed in a few more if I hadn't been so excited. I also now have a new-found love for Cranky the Crane.

So, the day might have started out as a disappointment, but it turned out to be cool. After the Creation Station we went to the big park where we played on the playground for a little bit and then spent over an hour walking around the lake and looking at ducks. Yes, it was 65 degrees today in February. Doesn't get much better than that.

Happy Leap Day!
These photos are actually from the Science Center, but you get the idea.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like the kinda place Cole will have to visit.