Sunday, January 24, 2010

Entertain and Delight!

We had the opportunity to take the kids and some of their cousins to the new Connecticut Science Center in downtown Hartford. I have been wanting to go for a while, and with five children ranging in age from 16 months to 12, I thought a visit to the Center would be a perfect outing!

I remember Larry Reed, my History of Theatre professor telling us " . . .as Aristotle says, 'to entertain and delight, to instruct and to move'." That saying has always resonated with me, and I think the Center pretty much fits the bill.

With 150 exhibits, a Kidspace area designed specifically for kids ages 3-6 and lots of opportunities for hands-on learning, the kids had a great time.

According to their website, "The Hartford skyline has been redefined with the distinctive Connecticut Science Center building, designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli." I love the floating cantilever of the roof, the walls of glass, and the sheer openness of the building. On the 6th floor there is a an opportunity to walk out on an enclosed platform from which you can see a wonderful view of the Connecticut River.

Truly a remarkable day, filled with learning, laughter and love. We purchased an annual membership for our family, which will both give us an opportunity to enjoy the Center repeatedly, and will support a non-profit learning organization at the same time. We highly recommend a visit!

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