Dreams Come True At The Children’s Museum

Every child wishes to go to a place where dreams come true and fairy tales come alive. When I was just a boy, I would imagine that there’s a land out there that dragons roam free, of giants living in magnificent castles, of a lad who was able to pull a magical sword when nobody could and became a powerful king that everyone admired.

Today, those childhood dreams are about to come true through the eyes of another boy in the present times who has similar fantasies and more.

Summer Adventure Number 9: Dreams Come True At The Children’s Museum

A child's mind is full of exciting adventures, of hopes and dreams, of possibilities that can come true.

 It’s been a busy week for me. I signed for an extra 12 hours shift  which left me with one day off last Thursday. I told my wife, ” let us make this day fun and special for everyone. ” She replied, ” I’m in for that but I don’t have a particular place in mind.” I told her, ” well, we can ask our son where he wants to go.”

A year ago, my son celebrated Halloween at the Children’s Museum of Houston. All costumed up as Captain America, he said that it was the best trick or treat ever. That same month we celebrated his 5th Birthday at the same venue. It’s the first time I saw him so happy, excited and so engaged with his Birthday. The first few years he could barely remember but this one was particularly important to him. He invited his closest friends in pre-K . He looked so thrilled when they all showed up.

Most of us at one point in our lives wished that we were a Superhero and have some cool super powers that can change the World for the better. I wanted to have the power to fly and go around the globe, my son wanted to become Captain America and protect the people from the bad guys. What about you? What was once your childhood dream? What kind of hero do you want to become?

I looked at my son and asked him, ” where do you want to go after I wake up?” He thought for a while. He then said with a twinkle in his eyes, ” at the Children’s Museum.”

We arrived at the museum around 06:00 P.M. It took a long time to find a parking spot. We didn’t realize it was ” Free Thursday” otherwise known to every parent as ” Crazy Thursday.” The place was so packed with running kids in every corner. Me and my son thought the crowd added more to the excitement. My wife thought it was a riot. She kept saying ,” this is crazy , this is crazy,” as we try to go up and down the stairs while our son climbed the 40 feet Power Tower. She was not the only one. Another mom said the same thing as she rushed to meet her son at the one of the many exits.

My son all energized said, ” That was fun mom. Can I do it again?” I know my wife can’t refuse his precious boy. She rolled her eyes a bit and said, ” okay. one more round.” This time we went from the top floor down to the bottom. It was a great cardio workout. The whole climbing event reminded me of ” Jack and the Bean Stalk, ” but instead of  getting the goose that laid the golden egg, we got a huge relief that nobody got lost in the midst of the confusing maze and the human traffic jam.

The fun colors and activities of McGovern Kid's Hall.

As we passed the hall, we saw kids discovering their artistic talents as they painted each others faces. One little girl had painted whiskers on her cheek. A few were performing animal puppet shows while their parents clapped and cheered with much joy and enthusiasm. These are the future young artists who wants to paint the World with colors that bring happiness and hope.

Then we passed by the mountain village called Yalalag of Oaxaca, Mexico. It felt like we were at the town Fiesta. It’s a perfect setting for kids to learn the daily life and rich, vibrant heritage of the place and its people. I could still hear the jubilant music as we move on to the next section of the museum.

A robot made of old phones and cellphones. This woman was trying to call long distance. It looked like she was talking to someone. Or was it imaginary?

 

My son was all eyes and ears as the Anatomy teacher explained the different part’s of the skeleton. All the kids laughed when the teacher placed the hip bone on his chest. He was both kidding and checking how much they knew about the amazing wonders of the human body. This is the section for the next generation of medical healers.

Discovering Science in an imaginative, playful way. The rolling ping-pong balls goes downhill while the two boys figure out where to connect the next bridge so a continuum exist. I could hear one of them shouting excitedly, ” hurry, hurry up!” This is the place for the next Einstein-like geniuses, the architects and engineers, the builders of the magnificent  skyscrapers and futuristic cities.

This was one of my son’s favorite, a race track that all the kids get the chance to build. It constantly changes its formation just like the evolving imagination of its young creators. The participants would jump with excitement when they race each other. Regardless of who won, everyone looked genuinely thrilled.

One of the most interesting section was the Kidtropolis. It’s like a mini-city but only made of toys . It’s a magical, larger than life, playground for a young child. My son enjoyed choosing his own grocery supplies and helping out at the cashier table. It’s the busiest part of the city together with the young chef’s kitchen. The future of the food industry and the grocery business looks promising. There’s also a Vet clinic, a gourmet restaurant, a police and medic station, a bank and a city hall.

 The chicken, fish and crabs looked so real. My son’s basket was a healthy choice of fruits and vegetables. I had to get another basket because his was overflowing and kept falling on the floor.

There’s something about pizza and burgers that makes children come back for more. Is it the cheese?

The news of the day was about the scary debt deficit. The City Hall was empty. Rumor had it that the politicians were so stressed out they decided to go home early. I’m stressed out too but that didn’t stop me from having  fun that day. In fact, it was a great way to forget about debt and piling bills even for just 2 hours.

There was even a lab for the future crime detectives. A must see for the CSI fans out there.

Next stop was the outdoor Flow Works. The kids were having a blast getting wet and discovering the many fun activities associated with water. It was my son’s first boat race. He was so happy when his red boat went ahead of others. Sometimes his boat would sink but then he tries all over again. I would remind him that it’s not all about the winning. What matters more is how he played the game and that he enjoyed every moment of it. He stared at me for a minute, then went back to the starting line. I hope the message sipped in.

We made a quick stop before heading home to the Eco-system center. My son saw three newly hatched chicks. He learned a few invaluable  information about mother nature. He was talking to these other boys about the turtles that were swimming in the pond.

We heard the announcement, ” the museum is now close,” several times. My son did not want to leave. I held his hand and told him, ” we’ll come back next time.” He replied, ” promise?”. I answered back, ” promise.”

I was glad that we visited the museum. My son not only had a wonderful time playing with the other kids but he was also able to discover new things that will help him decide what he wants to be when he grows up.

It’s never too early or too late to start making and living our dreams. For as long as we are breathing, our hearts and minds will continue to create beautiful dreams, some of which will come true one day. More than wishing upon a bright shining star, we need to pursue them with the best of our abilities. What was your childhood dream? What is your dream now?

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50 Responses to Dreams Come True At The Children’s Museum

  1. Jenny says:

    This sounds like a great evening! Wishing for many more for you and your family!

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  2. misswhiplash says:

    That was true inspiration…such wonderful photographs and having such a wonderful time.

    My dream was always to go up the Amazon river and discover a lost tribe and convert them to Christianity. The nearest I have got is buying things from Amazon Online.Does that count?

    Great post I loved it.
    God Bless you all xxxx

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    • That’s a great calling. And the Amazon online shopping was a funny one. I love you sense of humor. Thank you for the comment. I’m glad you had a wonderful time reading the post. When I read something like that, I feel that I did something right and good that others appreciate. God bless you too.

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  3. MOL says:

    It’s great when they’re at an age where they can still enjoy non-video type entertainment. I hope you can prolong that.

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    • I try too. My friend’s kids are into WII, Ipad, and gadgets I can’t even pronounced. I’m trying to teach my son to appreciate the fun stuff around him, of traditional sports, games, Arts, museums, playing with Sand and water, to enjoy the outdoors and experience for himself the real world and not what the electronic age is trying to dictate and influence. Today, we went body boarding at the beach. He looked so thrilled and happy. God bless you and your family. Thanks for the comment.

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  4. Frank Bishop says:

    Awesome pictures. So bright and vivid, absolutely wonderful. It really makes me feel like I was there. The children’s museum here in STL isn’t as awesome as that one, makes me a little jealous.

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    • Thanks for the words of appreciation. The CMH is considered as one of the best ones all over the country for 2011, I feel lucky that it is close by for my son to experience it’s invaluable influence in a child’s mind. I’m glad that you like it as much as I did.

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  5. I like the artistic effects you used on several of the photos. I played with one photo of my grandson looking through the giant binoculars you pay to use at the beach in CA. The effects make the photo playful, colorful and relatively anonymous. Nice to see you back. You’ve been busy.

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    • I was busy this week with work then this weekend I spent it for my son’s last Summer vacation before the class starts next week. Guess where we went? Yep, back to Galveston. We took a season pass for Moody gardens and stayed for 2 nights overlooking the Gulf. It was so much fun. There’s the palm beach where we had a band and fireworks yesterday while cooling off at the river tubing and water slides. I kind of feel sad that Summer is about to end. This is one of the most memorable Summer for my family. I hope to share the trip of my next post about my Summer Adventures. It’s nice to know that you like taking pictures and being creative with it as well. It’s almost like an Art but only photos. thank you for the comment. God bless to you and your family.

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  6. barb19 says:

    What a wonderful place for children (and adults!) An educational, interesting and fun place to go. The photos are great too!

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  7. A fantastic place, well-photographed! I wonder how many young people catch a spark there that they carry with them into the future?

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    • That is a good food for thought. I hope a lot. They are the future of the next generation. What the future will be will depend on how they will shape this World with their minds and heart when they get older. As parents, we try our best to mold them, and the rest we pray that God will guide them along the way. Thank you for the beautiful comment.

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  8. Wow, what a great museum! If my kids were there they would not want to leave too. When you are visiting your sister in Connecticut she should bring you to the kids museum in South Norwalk and Middletown. Your son would have a blast!

    As usual I enjoyed your blog!

    Cheers,
    Louise

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    • I will definitely mention those places to her. She also has a 1 year old son who I’m sure would love to experience them . I’m happy that you enjoyed the post . I hope to share the good things I see and experience with my family. To me , they are a blessing just like your son and husband are a blessing and joy to you. Best wishes to you and your family.

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  9. thirdhandart says:

    What an awesome museum for children! Great photos and a great post.

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  10. I LOVE this post! Truly inspirational with beautiful pictures. The world must be magical in a child’s eyes especially at fun places like museums built for them. Thank you for sharing!

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    • Thank you for such an inspiring comment. This place is like a dreamland for any child. I wish there was something like that when I was growing up. It would have been a blast of a childhood. I’m happy that you like the post.

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  11. john tugano says:

    That was a very happy and unforgettable treat for your son.I would love to have a Dad like you,despite the rough schedule you still manage to go out and have fun with your family.I can feel the enthusiam of every character in your narration.It seemed you brought me at that place(the museum) by just sharing your little but wonderful experience together with your kid.

    P.s
    I always notice the lively and colorful pictures of yours..Its so nice to keep coming back here..I also feel home..=)

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    • Thank you John. Reading your comment feels really good . They are generous, inspiring and motivational. I’m trying to spend as much fun time with him for as long as I can. People tell me that I still have many more years to enjoy with my family but nobody really knows what tomorrow brings to any of us. I wish to do memorable things now, this month, this year and not some other time. When I left the Philippines,I wish I did more fun stuff with my parents but it’s too late, I lost my chance. I can only make new ones with them in my future visits. I try to live with less regrets as much as possible. One day, when I get really old, I could smile and say, I tried, and it was the best of times ever. God bless you and your family. I love to have a son like you too, smart, kind, optimistic, has a heart to care for others and the World around him, who can speak out and make a difference.

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  12. aRVee says:

    Great to know that one of your dreams came true coupled with your son’s happiness being brought to your dreamt-turned-reality place… 🙂

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  13. cocomino says:

    This museum is really colorful and interesting for me and my children.
    I can understand that your son wants to go there many times. 🙂
    My children also must enjoy this museum, if they go.

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    • You daughters would love it. It’s also features different cultures. One section reminded me of ” It’s a small world” at Disney World. It’s a great way for kids to learn how others live in various countries. My son can go there so often and he’ll have a new experience each time. Wish you and your family all the happiness in life.

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  14. Angeline M says:

    So much fun….I was exhausted after just reading it. You and your wife are great parents!

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    • Thank you. We’re not perfect, but we try our best. Our parents are our role models. When I read your post about how you are caring for your dad, it inspired me more to do what I can for my family. I learn something new, something important from others each day. Stay blessed always.

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  15. thedailydish says:

    The children’s museum in Boston has one of those rope enclosed climbers too — my daughters LOVED it, my husband and I less so. It’s a little unnerving trying to keep track of them inside! Loved riding along on your ninth journey. The summer will be over soon, but it’s never too late for an adventure!

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    • Kids just go crazy whenever they’re inside those climbers. My fear is that they would exit somewhere that I may not see them. Paranoia of a parent? Anyway, It helps to have two parents around, one waiting at the highest peak, the other at the bottom floor, unless we want to get fit by running up and down the stairs. Children Museums may it be in Boston, Houston or the one we visited in Chicago a few years ago are all amazing, even for adults. It’s also a place you can feel free and be yourself. Thank you for the comment. I hope you and your family are also having the best of Summer. Classes starts next week, any last minute Summer fun with family?

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  16. I showed my little ten year old sis these pics and she was just literally glued to my laptop since then 🙂

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    • Thank you for sharing them to your sister. I believe every kid in the World deserve something like these. They deserve to see the wonders of play, science, technology, nature and more. When I see a sad child’s picture, when they live in a surrounding of poverty, calamity, hunger, my heart simply feels heart broken. Just like you, I hope to bring them a better vision of the World around them. If only there’s a mobile kids museum that goes around the World, wouldn’t be that great? Take care and stay blessed!

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  17. Barbara Rodgers says:

    What an amazing place! The Power Tower looks so fascinating – I’ve never seen anything quite like it. My simple childhood dream was to be a mother. My dream now is to make a trip to Norway someday. What a wonderful day your family had, the stuff memories are made of…

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    • Thank you Barbara. Your first dream is the most loving and most noble of them all. You and the mothers around the World are the fairest of them all. Without our mothers, part of our dreams will never come true. I have a feeling that soon your wish of going to Norway will happen and that you got to share it with us via your posts. I had a great time that day just simply because my son had another memorable and happy moment which I hope he remembers when he gets older. Take care .

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  18. Wow! This must have been a blast for your son. I love how the museum is both fun and educational. This must have been a beautiful way to share some family time together. Beautiful post. I just love the warmth of your spirit! Thanks for sharing. I’m sure your son will never forget (nor will you)!

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    • Thank you for the heart warming , generous comment. It was a fun and memorable experience for him. He loves to play , create and discover things. This was a perfect place for him to do all that. He also got to mingle with others kids which is another thing he likes doing. We hope to go back for the Halloween, it’s another event there that we should not miss this year. I wish you and your family the best.

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  19. Sabina Brave says:

    Wonderful place for children. It’s sooo colourfull 🙂

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  20. Beautiful colors – i actually showed your sot to my 6 year-old boy and he was so happy – guess now mom and dad need to plan a trip to the children’s museum – not only for kids, right? i see a lot of “grown ups” over here commenting… 😮 Cheers from Recife, Brazil

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    • 40% of them are grown ups. Some simply watching their kids while others like me and my wife were taking part in the whole adventure experience. I tried to not pay attention to the large volume of people because it’s easy to get dizzy from the crowded space. Kids love it though. The more playmates, the more fun it gets. Everyday the museum has an activity for kids. I wish it was close to home because there’s so much to learn ( for my son). This is one place in Houston that kids will never forget. Thank once again for the wonderful comments. Take care . I’m glad you showed your son the post. I have a 5 year old , he’s turning 6 soon and when I see a fun post , I also show it to him. He easily gets impressed.

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  21. eof737 says:

    What an excellent choice of a place to go with a child… I love the bright colors, the interactive games and all the learning that goes on in a children’s museum. Your visit brought back memories of my visits, with my children, to similar museums when they were younger. 🙂

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    • Thanks for the comment. I had as much fun as my son but the most memorable part was when he was sailing the plastic boats with the other kids, it was his first time and he looked so happy and excited. It also reminded me of the games I used to play as a child with my cousins and that felt good too.

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  22. Thank you so much for sharing your family’s experiences with us. The museum seems like a priceless place for a child to spend time in. It helps expand their imagination on future careers – filling in uncertainties. Wished we had a place like that here in TN. Will definitely recommend it to my son to take his children when they are old enough to understand it all. They live so far away, I would want them to remember as much of the trip as possible.

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    • Thank you for sharing and the comment. It was a joy to read them. When your grandkids are old enough they will enjoy as well as learn a lot from visiting any Children’s Museum. I think every child, as long as it’s available in your area should at least experience it even just once. It’s like being in another World for them.

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  23. jhirzel88 says:

    I never really had a childhood dream. I’m sure that I did, I mean, everyone has one. I always thought about maybe changing the weather, since I thought that I’d be a weatherman when I grew up. I never thought of myself as a superhero like superman or batman. I just thought of my own realities and possibilities.

    You certainly covered a lot of material in this blog. There’s a lot of scientific discoveries that could help make the future better. It’s just a matter of trial and error, and trying until it’s 100% right. I know your son must have enjoyed that trip, since he seems to like museums so much.

    Gosh you had so many pictures! I had a hard time looking through all of them.

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    • Thank you for such an enjoyable comment. I have a weakness for sharing pictures. To me, it’s a great way to make the readers feel that they are a part of the trip itself. I like looking at other blogger’s photos a lot. It makes me see things, persons and places that I may never see in person . The Museum can create so much inspiration, so much topics. I tried my best to compress them and honestly, a single post can not cover the incredible features of the place. What you saw was just probably half of what the place has to offer. Thanks for sharing your dreams, I hope everything will come into place in due time. I wish you the best on your future careers and hopes for the future. Stay inspired. Wishing you and your family the best.

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  24. Susan says:

    What an absolutely wonderful post…I loved the photos! That is one fabulous place that my kids would have loved to visit when they were your son’s age. He is a blessed little boy to have two parents who take such delight and joy in sharing every moment with him. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    • Thank you for the comment. I would like to think that me and my wife are lucky to have him in our lives. When he’s in school, we miss his presence. And all the Summer activities we had were a lot of fun because of him . God is great! Best wishes to you and your family.

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