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Last night the Denver Museum of Nature & Science invited Mommy Bloggers to a sneak preview of their new exhibit, Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters.
The kids and I were greeted by Twitterer Tara (a hostess-with-the-mostest who allowed Tessa to carry her cell phone and who remained good-natured [punny, no?] as Reed dragged her from disaster to disaster). Curator and new blogger David Grinspoon joined us as well, sharing his expertise and enthusiasm for all things disastrous.
It’s a fun exhibit for kids 8 and up. Tessa and Reed were all about the buttons. Buttons to create their own digital volcano. Buttons to shake two model buildings in an earthquake. Buttons to turn on video scenes (real and simulated) of Hurricane Katrina and the Indonesian Tsunami and tornadoes.
(In town and want to go? Click and print this $2 off coupon.)
Near the end of the exhibit, patrons are encouraged to fill out a form and hang it on a clothespin, The form is to document any catastrophes the patron has witnessed. I scanned a couple: Mount St Helens, tornado in Kansas, stranded in a blizzard, wildfires, actually paying to see Ishtar.
Reed was eager to practice his writing, so he picked up a form and asked me what he was supposed to write on it. I asked him: “What is the worst thing that has happened to you?”
He thought a moment and asked me to help him spell this:
I guess I’ll be signing off now.