- On chilly days, we walk to the greenhouse.
- Last week, we went to a free kids' yoga class at the anthropology museum.
- Theater and drama festivals often perform excellent children's plays.
- When Willow discovered that there are a bunch of Rainbow Fairy books not yet available in the US, the IU library inter-library loaned them to us from London.
- We hang out at the art museum a LOT.
- The creek that runs through campus is excellent for playing in.
- Around Halloween, the girls trick-or-treat at an IU basketball scrimmage.
I don't have quite the intimacy with the university that I did when I was earning my Master's degrees there and teaching there, taking the girls with me to office hours and workshop days with my students, giving them free-range in fourth-floor Ballantine and the grad student lounge. Fortunately, the university is good to its townies, so you don't have to be a grad student who spends half your days skulking around your exam committee's offices to enjoy its amenities.
Case in point: this weekend, I roused poor Matt from his deep 9:00 am slumber to come with us to the Astronomy and Physics open house. The place was pretty crowded with school groups from all over the area, but nevertheless all the student volunteers made plenty of time to play with us:
|bed of nails|
|assembling our Galileoscope (which we got to take home!!!)|
|answering Solar System quiz questions for prizes of pencils and lollipops|
|making a model comet using dry ice, water, dirt, and syrup--these were AMAZING!!!|
|piloting a model Mars Rover--the rover had a camera whose image was projected to the room|
|coffee filter chromatography|
|dry ice bowling, making use of dry ice's immediate transformation from solid to gas|
Because when the woman with syrup all over her shirt from making comets all morning talks about how great science is, you know you've got to believe her.