Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Photos at the Children's Museum

Here are some photos from yet another trip to the Children's Museum of Minnesota.

Pony tail before we leave the house.

The first thing the kids usually see is the face-painting station. Anna really took to it this time. Liam, too. 

There was a dinosaur exhibit this time around. I thought Anna might be afraid, but she loved it. I think the reason kids love dinosaurs is that they aren't around anymore. They're these huge monsters, basically, and you'll never ever see one in real life (well, I probably won't, but she might if they're ever brought back a la Jurassic Park). But they were real! 

If you stand perfectly still, he won't be able to see you.

And here it is again, my favorite window in Saint Paul, MN. 

If I can digress for a bit here, I've always loved taking photos of the kids in front of this window. I just love the big circle and the fact that it's so much lighter outside than it is inside. It's a pain in the ass, because the kids are always back-lit, but I see it as a challenge. And I never seem to face that challenge the same way as last time. Here are some other photos of them in front of the window, not from the most recent trip.

This is Anna in August '07.

Anna in October '07.

Liam in November '09.

Anyway, that's just a taste of them. There are a lot more, but I'd have to crack open the external hard drive and, well, there are more photos to show from our most recent trip. So, back to present day:

The water room is always a hit.


Lisa is Vegan on $10 a Day (or Less!) said...

Wow, stunning photos & adorable kids!

Allison said...

Oh wow, you're from Minnesota? As am I. I was wondering about some good vegetarian restaurants perhaps that are sustainable, local. I am also wondering about things like local baby supplies, clothes, and toys. If you have any information to share that would be amazing. Thank you.

Al said...

There's only one vegan restaurant in all of Minnesota and it's Ecopolitan in Minneapolis. It's 100% vegan and raw and they've been ranked among the most sustainable restaurants in the country. Oh, and the food is awesome, too. www.ecopolitan.com

The Seward Cafe is a vegetarian restaurant that has a lot of vegan options and I believe they source ingredients locally whenever they can. They're also a collective, which is pretty cool. http://www.sewardcafempls.net/

This site is pretty great when it comes finding vegetarian and vegan-friendly Twin Cities restaurants: http://www.vegguide.org/

As far as baby supplies goes, the Animal Rights Coalition recently opened up a store in south Minneapolis called Ethique Nouveau. They have a pretty cool selection of baby stuff, clothes, toys, etc. And all of the profit from sales go directly into funding their animal advocacy programs. http://www.ethiquenouveau.com/

In Saint Paul, the best place for toys and clothes is Peapods. They're not a vegan store, but much of what they have is vegan and sustainably made. They have cloth diapers, too. www.peapods.com

Hope that helps!