Last week, we planned to go to Disneyland the day after the Dancing With The Stars Disney Night show. We figured it would be a fun Disney-themed week for the girls. We are season passholders at Disneyland, so we are able to go when we want (except blackout days). So – we were all geared up to hit the park early and enjoy some family time there.
Then, we read online that the weather in Anaheim was going to be 100 degrees, AND that all the Tuesdays in October are reserved for “Mickey’s Halloween Party.” Oh man! Mickey’s Halloween Party days are CRAZY crowded, and they close the park early, meaning that once the heat started to cool down – we’d have to leave anyway!
We gave the girls the choice – we could go to Disneyland and brave big crowds and 100 degree heat, or we could go somewhere empty and air-conditioned. Guess what they picked?! Haha.
We ended up going to The Los Angeles Science Center. Ginger chose the spot, and the girls were SO excited! And, as we suspected, it was blissfully cool and crowd-free. 🙂
Ginger (8) has been asking to go for months now, because she really wanted to see the new special exhibit: Body Worlds- Pulse. Ginger loves all things anatomy related, and wants to be a doctor when she grows up. The moment she heard about Body Worlds (a year ago), she desperately wanted to go!
Body Worlds is basically a three hour tour of plastinated dead bodies – showing all kinds of diseases and body processes. The other girls did NOT want to go look at dead bodies for three hours (haha) – so I took Ginger by myself and the other girls went with Evan to see the rest of the museum. They saw the space shuttle, the reef habitat, and a bunch of other exhibits.
Meanwhile, Ginger and I each got an audio tour and spent three and a half hours at Body Worlds.
Healthy lung vs. Smoker’s Lung:
The exhibit was nothing short of amazing. It’s the kind of thing I know Ginger will remember for the rest of her life – and I will, too! To see the effects of disease from the inside-out is very eye-opening, and makes you think about your mortality, and what you want to do on Earth in the time you have left.
The only parts we skipped were the pregnant women and babies in utero (no thank you) – as well as the reproduction section. All of the people featured at Body Worlds gave their bodies to science willingly (there is actually a huge waiting list of people who want to be involved). But – in my opinion – the babies did not consent to that, and I have seen enough/been through enough with baby loss that I knew it would be horribly triggering for me, and upsetting for Ginger. Also, I didn’t feel like looking at dead people having sex or explaining that to Ginger (haha) – so we also skipped that part! LOL
But we did learn all about brain function, nervous system, digestion, organs, the skeleton, and all the parts of the body. We even saw a diseased thyroid – which was pretty neat, since Ginger has a completely dead/non-functioning thyroid. She was able to see the thyroid up close, and understand better what is going on inside her own body.
Afterwards, we met up with the rest of the family and had a snack:
And then we went and wandered around the Exposition Park Rose Garden after the museum closed, and everything had cooled down:
In front of the Fountain:
All in all, a great day was had by all – and I can’t wait to go back. We’re members now – so we can go whenever we want. Yay! 🙂