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
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.
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.
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.
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?
- 10 Adventure Opportunities Of Summer (thismansjourney.net)