Wednesday, December 15

Strong National Museum of Play

Last weekend we met friends at the Strong National Museum of Play in downtown Rochester. We had never been there before and our friends told us that the little guy would love it. They were right. All that pent-up winter energy that tests the patience of mothers everywhere got an outlet. He could run around, get into everything and make all the noise he wanted.

So much to do for kids or all different age groups. Well organized, educational and fun. We had a a great time - the little guy with the toy exhibits and the adults with the historical toy displays and the butterfly garden.

The toy displays contained toys from the 1800s through today, some one which I still have packed away somewhere from while I was little. (not the 1800's, but it still made me feel kind of old). The butterfly garden, however, was fantastic!

Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden is the only year-round indoor butterfly garden in upstate New York. It is like a huge greenhouse kept at 80 humid degrees - seeing the tropical foliage on one side of the glass while about a foot of snow on the other side was kind of surreal - like looking at some futuristic Mars settlement dome.

The tour is limited to 20 minutes per group and there is a limit to the number of people allowed in at one time. There were butterflies everywhere, obviously, as well as turtles, humming birds and little brown birds that I did not catch the name of. You walk around this paved path, slowly, and you see color and flight. A huge yellow one (sorry I don't know the name) landed on my hand and sat for a minute.

Getting to be so close to it all was one of the most amazing experiences ever. And I got some great pictures....

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