It. Was. Fantastic.
It was a model of what education should be.
That said, let's get this out of the way. My children who are 5 and 7 thought the (get this) escalators were the best part. The escalators. We have escalators at our local mall. I didn't actually need to drive four hours (2 each way) and pay $73 plus gas and lunch. But I did. So let me tell you what we learned.
I could go on and on about each area, but you can research that for yourselves. What I really loved was how no activity was boring or pointless. Every single exhibit was interesting, but also not always technologically driven or expensive. So I started thinking like a teacher because I love new ideas. Here are some I loved.
Here was a cool table with blocks on either side of a divider. The first person created a structure and then told the second person how to make it. It was so interesting to watch and so easy to recreate.
The hallway outside the butterflies was filled with information. I loved this cool butterfly ABC book they had out. I have to buy it. They had pulled it apart and laminated it and then put it on o-rings which made it so much easier to read. I have to do this!
I could go on and on ( I have), but it was just a wonderful experience. I think the major take away for me besides great learning experiences was that my usually hyper, distracted, precocious son was focused and an amazing, fantastic, interesting, intelligent person who had a wonderful day. I have to help him feel challenged in life. To see him understand X, Y axis and quickly race to make pictures based on graphed points brought tears to my eyes. He must need more all the time and I need to find that for him.