Saturday, March 5, 2011

Please Touch Museum - City Caper

Once we finished the majority of the top floor we headed down the stairs.  Our first stop was City Caper, it's like a village for little people.  The exhibits in this area were hit and miss.  The construction area was okay, nothing special but Tavish had fun.  This is an area which can cause friction as there are not too many bricks and only one conveyor belt but Tavish and the boy he was playing with kept things very civil which is great for an almost 3 year old.

Next we decided to go home well the City Caper home which is designed for kids 3 and under.  Tavish had a great time pulling carrots while Callen enjoyed catching butterflies.  The nice part of this area is that its closed off so you don't have to worry about your toddler running off.  It is a cute little house and great for the little ones.
 Time to harvest the carrots

From the house we moved to the hospital, which had the potential to be great but was a huge let down.  It was pretty much just a nursery with a few anatomically correct baby dolls.  I was hoping it would be more of a hospital with kid friendly hospital stuff, you know tongue depressors, reflex thingings, sphygmomanometer and defibrillator - never to early for AEDs.  While there were a few x-rays and a stethoscope you could find more kid friendly medical stuff in a mickey mouse medical kit.  This area could be improved with just a few added props.
Is Callen's heart beating?

We were hungry so we left the hospital and headed for the McDonalds play.  I don't know if McDonalds sponsored this exhibit or what but it was TERRIBLE (which explains why there was no one playing here).  I could buy a McDonalds play set better than this exhibit.  There was nothing here but a cash register and the supplies to make a hamburger.  I just don't get why there was nothing more than a few hamburger pieces.  When I think of McDonalds I think of chicken nuggets, French fries and happy meals and there was none of this.  Too bad it could have been fun.
 Where are my chicken nuggets?
Callen's first burger

We bypassed the shoe store because it looked lame and headed to the grocery store which was AMAZING.     Now had we know how popular this would be we would have headed to the grocery store first. It was by far the most popular spot in the museum.  When Tavish finally snagged a cart he had a blast and it's a good thing I don't give him control of the shopping cart at a real grocery store as he pulled everything off the shelf.  I think he had the most fun working the cash register and there was a very nice girl who was willing to let Tavish check her out (I don't mean it in that way).  
 Well I think I need two of these
Okay that will be 9 9 9 6 10 4 dollars

I did not want to be one of those parents who lets their child hog all the fun so we dragged Tavish away from the grocery store and headed to the Centennial Exploration area.  I personally found this exhibit interesting as it explained the fancy building the museum is located in and gives a look of life in the late 1800s.  While I found it interesting, I think Tavish found it boring so we headed off for Lunch.

More about lunch and the rest of the museum in the next post.


  1. The grocery store set-up looks like so much fun!

  2. The grocery store was a lot of fun. It was just like a miniature store. Tavish loved it.

  3. Sounds like a great place to visit. When we lived in the San Francisco area, we often visited a museum which sound similiar to this one. And the grocery store/restaurant area was always the most popular area. I'm a new follower from MBC--feel free to check out my blog.

  4. Your boys are just too cute! I always enjoy reading about your familes adventures. Thanks for "taking me" along for the ride!