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I am a mother of 2, and all of my life I have loved to travel. My grandad used to take me on trips with him and we would always visit unique places! We visit The Children's Museum of Indianapolis about once a year, but we love to explore. We learned many new things every time we go. We spend the whole day and still feel like it wasnt enough time!! I have to say our most memorable time was when my 10 year old step-son dressed up at the barbie runway, and all of the little girls were picking so many outfits out for him to wear!!! I love for my children to explore, see new things, learn different things. To me life is short we must live it to the fullest. I feel that if my kids dont explore and see, and learn new things then they wont have an open view on life! It teaches them not to forget about our history, creaters, and imagination! My grandad has always wanted to go to washington dc, and let me tell ya growing up with him my children and I have grown up with history and know politics and what better place could you learn so much from about our history? In a ways I guess I am saying I would love to get to take the chance to take my family to washington dc! And in a way to pay our grandad back for all of the times he took us places to explore and learn!!

Name: Tabatha Nicholson

Our Discovery

Last year we received a membership as a gift. We came to the museum expecting a good time. It started when we turned the corner and dinosaurs were coming out of the building! My girls were so excited. We entered and started learning stuff before we had even made it to the desk. We searched through the whole museum for tidbits we didn't know. There were dinosaurs, trains, submarines, and Yoda. There were carousels, science experiments, and tunnels. We meet Egyptians, Barbies, and storytellers. We laughed, we learned, we touched everything in the building but our biggest discoveries were our kids. We would have never guessed that our 2 year old would love dinosaurs. We had no idea that our 4 year old would love seeing games we played as children. Our good time at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis turned into a learning experience that we could never imagine and would never trade for a million dollars.

Name: Erin Hanson

Pirates!!

My name is Lindsey Taylor. I have 3 children. I grew up in Indiana and have visited the Childrens Museum of Indianapolis since I was a small child. I have pictures of myself as a child riding the carosel. When I had my first child we became members of the museum. We went every week for a long time. He loved it. The playscape was our home away from home. As I had more children our visits became a little less frequent but still regular.I have watched my children play in the sand, stare into mirrors, admire doll houses, pretend to be racecar drivers, and go sledding indoors. I laughed when my son got stuck in the science works cave. I was scared when I lost my other son in the dinosaurs. I cried when they listened and was sad over the Ryan white story--a story that was close to my heart since my older sister was in his class at northview. We have spent hours watching trains go in circles. I was broken hearted when the pioneer exhibit closed because I remember my mom talking to me about the indians when I was little. My husband and our boys spent hours at the batman car and my little girl and I shared precious time with the barbies.

The indianpolos childrens museum is a part of my family. One Saturday we were driving home to columbus from a day at the museum. My Boys were 3 and 5. They were talking about all the different types of people (indians, superheros, scientists) my husband looks at me and says "play along" in a whisper. He says to my boys "you know I have a secret and if I tell you you can't tell anyone." The boys stare at their dad with huge eyes and say ok.. my husband goes on to say "your mom and I used to be pirates." They were hilariously amazed. We went on with his elaborate story of our ship and our parrot and the islands we went to. But of course we never harmed anyone. We only stole coockies and brownies but we finally decided to give up our life of crime because we wanted a family. My children still believe this story. We often hear them whispering to their friends that there parents are pirates.

My family is very close and we spend all the time we can together. We would love the opportunity to scavenger hunt together. We are super competitive and love participating in things like this. Please choose the Taylor pirates!

Name: Lindsey taylor

Fry Adventures at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis

We try to visit The Children's Museum of Indianapolis at least once a month. We have two children and they both love their time at the museum. My son is 5 and loves digging for dinosaur bones. Each visit he learns something new about dinosaurs. My daughter is 8, and will be in the third grade during the next school year. Her favorite adventure in the museum in the science works.

One of the best attributes of the Children's Museum is that every visit, no matter how often we visit, is a new adventure. We love to catch the plays in the basement. We always look through the program to find out play times and plan our trip throughout the museum so that we can watch the play. We always learn something we did not know with each visit to the museum.

In the most recent visit, my daughter and I spent a lot of time in the Ryan White exhibit. It gave us an opportunity to talk about how we treat others, and how we should treat others. She was able to share stories with me about times she has felt bullied at school, and we worked on developing tools on how to handle situations of bullying while at school. She was able to talk about Ryan's experiences at school and how he was treated when the community found out he was diagnosed with AIDS and how she would feel if she were to be treated in that manner, or how others would feel if she treated them in such a manner.

ExplorersFor my 5 year old, all things are a new adventure and each area gives him the opportunity to learn something new. The best part about it all is that it is so fun, he doesn't even know he is learning. We have been going to the museum from the time my children were infants. We have moved from exploring sand and water in play scapes to rock wall climbing in Science Works.

While I treasure every moment at the Children's Museum with my children, my most memorable moment at the Children's Museum is from my own childhood. When I was in the third grade, my Mother was the Brownie leader for our Girl Scout troop. We all made pink tie dye shirts during a meeting, then she took us to the museum, the only thing was we all had to wear the shirts we had made. It was her way of keep track of all of us girls. I had not been to the museum before that visit and I remember being in complete awe of all of the wonderful exhibits that we explored. I treasure the picture of me and my Mother along with the other girls all in our pink tie dyed shirts gathered around the Indy car, and now have pictures of my husband, children and myself seated around the same car. Memories that can last a lifetime.

Name: Renea Fry


The Pirates from Australia

As an expatriate from Australia, when I moved to Indianapolis with my young family one of the first things I was told to do was visit the Children's Museum.

We've been members on and off over the years -- we've celebrated birthdays, company events, Christmas and MLK Jr Day in the company of Museum employees.

It's impossible to pick just one memory of all, but one of the most treasured moments I have was in 2001 when my daughter took her first steps in PlayScape. She saw her sister race away to play with the water and stood on her two feet for a LONG time, and finally she took her very first steps.

I screamed -- scared a few guests -- but it was a moment I'll never forget.

From that first moment of exploration of that child, to exploring this country that we now call home, we'd love to be included in the scavenger hunt.

Name: Elizabeth Cave

Fantastic Memories

My husband and I visited The Children's Museum of Indianapolis as a couple before we had children. We both had fantastic memories of our time there with our parents as children. I loved the miniature houses and developed a doll house collection of my own. My husband still wonders at the water clock and it is always a pleasure to be there right before 1 pm to watch it empty for the next hours of the day.

As parents, we attended a baby shower hosted by the museum. In fact, we hadn't told anyone we were expecting yet so it was our first official "parenting" activity. We loved that our children would have the opportunity to visit often and that it would be a part of their culture growing up.

Now my oldest son is three. He loves the trains and the dinosaur exhibit. I love that he has grown from the baby area of playscape into the sand and water table area, the "construction zone" and that he isn't too big of a boy to give Mr. Bear a high five on his way in.

My youngest son is one and he loves to get down and crawl so the Playscape as well as the dino nests are a favorite for him.

On a recent visit, we heard that the Storytelling Avenue would be closing. We wanted to make sure that we saw it as it was often overlooked by our family We love that the Children's Museum gives our children the opportunity to explore other cultures through the Egypt exhibit, and even the Ruby Bridges and Ryan White exhibits.

Because of the Museum's special exhibits, my boys have been able to meet some of their heroes like Batman, Bob the Builder, and Dora the Explorer. We recognize that this kind of experience isn't available to kids everywhere and we feel fortunate to have the Museum near our home.

Name: Katie Dixon

Building confidence

My family visits The Children's Museum of Indianapolis roughly twice a month. It is during these visits that our son has learned:
Cause and effect (via sand play, waterways, the cool balls in Science Works).
Bravery (moving from the bench to a jumper on the Carousel!).
Collecting trains can be cool!
Darth Vader is not scary when you look at the costume.
and finally, socialization - wait your turn, share, give the little, little kids a chance too.
The best part about all of this is that it is not learning to him, the Indianapolis Children's Museum just provides scads of fun!

Name: Team AIkman

Our Summer Fun List

ExplorerHi! We are the Thomas Family! Starring Dad- Justin, Mom-Rebekah and our three young stars, Emily who is 10, Ethan who is 4 and Eli who is 2!!! Our family is always full of fun and adventure. As parents, we try to promote our children's love for learning and personal development by striving to live by our family motto, "If you can dream it, you can do it!" This exact motto and idea is what has helped to create a local non-profit organization called Project Birthday Lafayette. Project Birthday was started by a simple idea from our daughter Emily who wished that no child would have to go without a Birthday gift or celebration. As a family, we created Project Birthday which collects donations from around the community and host birthday parties and provide gifts to children at local homeless shelters and other social agencies. Our children have learned to be creative and know that every idea they have is possible and can be used to create something wonderful. No idea is off limits in our home which is why we have created elaborate homemade Halloween costumes such as fire trucks, trains and helicopters out of cardboard boxes. We also make homemade Valentine's treats with candy made into race cars, iPods, cell phones and trains.

We are always exploring, learning and using our imagination to create special family memories. Every season we sit down with our kids and make a Family Fun To Do List. We just completed our Summer Fun list and The Children's Museum of Indianapolis was top of the list once again!!! We love the Children's Museum because it offers fun activities to keep all of my children happy, no matter what season it is. We try to visit the Children’s Museum once a month. When we visit we allow the kids to decide where to go and what to see, and we just do our best to keep up with them! It really is one of their favorite places to go and has helped to create a desire to learn more about science, history, art and much more. But, I have to say the number one thing I LOVE about the Children's Museum is that it offers a fun and safe place for my family to spend time together, and create many family memories that we will cherish for years to come.

Name: Rebekah Thomas


Growing up through exploration - Childrens Museum style

Our family has been regular visitors to the Childrens Museum of Indianapolis for the last 5 - 6 years. We are there typically at least once per month. Rain or shine it is a great place to spend a day. We come to explore the permanent exhibits as well as fantastic temporary exhibits. We've also been fortunate enough to attend some of the really cool members-only events these last few years. Keep it coming as we really do appreciate them. The members-only events provide that special exploration time along with great entertainment.

Prior to the addition of the Barbie exhibit our daughter without fail wanted to go to the archeological dig sight in the Dinosphere. It is a thril to see her so intently brush away to sand to discover the skeletal remains. We have recently been going to Egypt a lot. I think that it is wonderful for her to learn about other parts of the world and their culture at such a young age.

Since I'm an engineer I've been thrilled that without planning she & I visited there during National Engineering Week for a Daddy / Daughter day out these last two years. It is so critical that we get more kids interested in STEM careers so I appreciate that the museum is involved these types of programs. Both visits during Engineering week provided interesting and fun activities for her learn about science.

Finally, I could not write our exploration story without mentioning the Power of Children exhibit. We have to stop in there at least nine out of ten visits. It is phenomenal that central Indiana has such an exhibit available to help people discover and learn about the role that those three children played in critical times in modern human history.

Name: Tracy Coleman

New Discovery Each Visit

ExplorerMy son is 8 and has been going to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis since he was 2. We have been members since then and have visited well over 20 times I am guessing.

He now enjoys going to see the exhibits with his younger sister who is 3. My son makes sure that our first stop on each of our visits is the dinosaur exhibit. So, of course, his sister enjoys this stop as well. Each visit to the Dinosaur Exhibit is different. The children love to explore the hidden dome areas of the exhibit and play "hide and seek" so I can see them through the dome. I love the excitement each time they do this as well as how they run from one area to the next. And, no matter his age, my son has always loved dressing up as a dinosaur and gathering his eggs. Once we explore this area, we are good to check out the "new" exhibits.

When I asked him recently his favorite subject in school, his reply was "science". I am betting all our visits to the Children's Museum has instilled this love in him.

I am so thankful to have the ICM in our "back yard" and so thankful for the special memories I have had and will continue to have with my children at the best children's museum there is. Name: Kathleen Haberthy



The Children's Museum is an Education Tool

We home school and therefore we use The Children's Museum of Indianapolis as a tool for many of our lessons. We do get there as often as we would like but knowing that we can is wonderful. With each adventure we can become a part of history, a part of adventure! We look forward to the new Treasure Exhibit so we can explore new knowledge. When learning from a book you can imagine what it was like but when you can see and touch things that were a part of that period then you are able to be there in a since. The children's museum is an irreplaceable tool in education.

Name: Deborah Kay Knight

History is Our Guide

I feel lucky growing up in Indianapolis. I remember getting to visit the Children's Museum of Indianapolis in school. It was great exploring the Native American village, touching a real polar bear, and so much more. Then, coming back with my mom and seeing all the transformations. Seeing the Water Clock installed, the IMAX theatre, the Chihuly, the Dinosphere and now even more.

However, my favorite thing was ALWAYS riding the stationary bike up in ScienceWorks. It was my one singular mission when visiting. I was made sure I ate right and got a good stretch in then, it was on like Donkey kong. Starting with the light bulb, then like a fan, and maybe a radio, and the big deal was to get that black and white television to come to life. I could only keep it on for like 10 seconds but people would stand around and be in absolute awe. It was the most incredible experience. As soon as it was over, I'd have to be wheeled out from the massive cramping in my legs. It was so totally worth it.

Jump forward and I'm bringing my family to the TCM and they are whispering to each other from across the room, playing in Playscape, riding the Carousel, sitting in an Indy Car. Oh, and don't tell anyone about the 5 minutes I lost the kiddo in that black light maze across from the Carousel!

Name: Jamie Hastings-Smith

Something for Everyone

ExplorerWe visit The Children's Museum of Indianapolis a lot! We moved to Indiana from England in September last year and we love to come to the museum with our 4 and almost 2 year old. We also always bring family when they are visiting from England and they love it too! We love exploring Science works and love seeing the water clock especially at 1pm! My 4 yr old loves the dinosaurs (even though he spends half his time with his hands over his ears because of the thunder!) We always go on the carousel.

One of our favourite exhibits is Egypt. The grandparents have visited egypt and it was great to go to the exhibit with them and see what they experienced but also learn about how egyptians live. My almost 2 yr old loves aeroplanes and my 4 year old loves pretend play, so there is something for everyone.

Even though we are regular visitors (once a month) we always discover something new at the childrens museum.

Name: Joanne Jones

We Love the Children's Museum!

ExplorerWe got our first Children's Museum of Indianapolis membership when my daughter turned one. Four years later, we still love to visit the museum! There have been a lot of changes over the last few years, but many of our greatest family memories have taken place there. We started a fun Halloween tradition of partaking in the Breakfast with the Witches every October, complete with a walk through the Haunted House. My daughter visits with the wonderful Santa at the Museum's 'Jolly Days' exhibit every year, and she always looks forward to "skating" at the exhibit and going down the enormous slide! We visit Bucky and Stan every time we go to the museum, and my girly-girl is a big fan of the Barbie exhibit. When my daughter was small, the Playscape provided a fun and safe place for her to explore, and as she's gotten older, ScienceWorks has become a new and fun place to learn. I forsee our family maintaining our membership for years to come-- the Children's Museum grows along with my child!

Name: Nikki Jasper


A Funny Moment

Once when I was at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis with my grandma, my sister and my little cousin, we were in the cafeteria. My grandma and I were spelling things out, like how my cousin looked tired. Then all of a sudden we hear eieio come from my cousin. We thought in our mind maybe she was saying, I can spell too!!! It was hilarious!!!!

Name: Lacie Allen

Eureka!

If we teach our kids to be curious when they are young, they will enjoy a lifetime of continuous learning which leads to on-going self development and personal growth. Each and every time we visit The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, we all - not just the kids - explore, discover, and learn something new. It can be a fact. It can be a feature within an exhibit. It can be a new skill. It can even be the realization that through exploring, trying new things and learning, you can do anything you set your mind to.

This became crystal clear on a visit a few years back (we travel from the far Northwest suburbs of Chicago about six times throughout the year to the museum). Our son was four years old at the time and was insistent upon scaling the climbing wall. We figured, why not let him give it a shot? He donned the protective gear, belted up, and began his climb - only to repeatedly get stuck on the second foot hold without being able to advance.

With a little encouragement, and a LOT of assistance from museum staff, he repositioned himself and tried and tried and tried until he reached the top of that wall. Sounds pretty ordinary since most young first timers at the climbing wall experience the same thing, right? Right.

And that's the point.

He tried something new! He explored something he had not previously experienced. He learned to have confidence and not give up. He realized if he set his sights on reaching the top of the wall, he could and would find a way to get there. What a great lesson to learn (from a climbing wall, no less!) that with an open mind, a little determination, and a bit of help from others, he can and will do anything.

Name: Corky Heath

I don't wanna go home just yet!

My three year old and I love to visit, and we do so often! We were there today, and I have to say....each visit I have to get more and more creative as to how to get her to AGREE to leave (it's getting to the point where bribes dont work LOL). She LOVES The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and spends the last hour of each visit saying "I don't wanna go home just yet" so we always narrow down a few things to do just 'one more time' before we go home, always including a second ride on the carousel. Today however, I had to get especially creative and tell her the museum was closing up and we had to leave before they closed, otherwise we would get locked in for the night and poor Dada would be so lonely at home without his two favorite girlies. Then she said "yeah and then he would have to break down the door and come rescue us!" LOL So she decided it was best to NOT get locked in the museum, head home and cook some dinner for dada since he was on his way home from work. Three year olds are the BEST! And so is the Indy Children's Museum!

Name: Angela Richardson

Our Favorite Family Destination

ExplorersWe absolutely LOVE the Indianapolis Children's Museum! We have four kids in our family (five, if you count me, but I'm the dad) and we all have a great experience every time we visit the Children's Museum. We usually arrive at 10am, right when the museum opens, so we can explore without much of a crowd. Our first destination each time is the fourth floor, right to the carousel. Depending on who we are with (we have a family +2 pass to bring visitors) our visit after the carousel is always different. We usually only have time to visit two floors per visit, because there is so much to see!

All of our kids love to send coins down the funnel on the way to Science Works on the fourth floor. Our youngest two absolutely adore the playscape on the third floor. We still have a 10x10 photo on our wall, taken in 2007, of one of our children with an apron on in the water area, holding a plastic boat with a giant smile on his face! Our oldest two children love the Egypt exhibit on the second floor, and all three girls love the Barbie exhibit. All of our children love the dinosaur exhibit, especially the "excavation" area where goggles are required.

At our last visit, which was yesterday for our son's birthday, our son and oldest daughter spent 25-30 minutes using tweezers to search a container of rocks for small pieces of amber, quartz, and dinosaur bones. They would hand each small rock or fossil to a very kind volunteer who would tell them what he thought about their discovery.

We also love the Chihuly glass exhibit and especially the large arrangement of glass pieces that is visible from all four stories. On one occasion, we were fortunate to be at the museum when someone was working on cleaning the glass pieces. He was hanging from the ceiling with a long pole that had some type of feather duster attached. The kids enjoyed spending some quality time watching the worker carefully dust each individual piece of glass art in this large sculpture.

ExplorersOne of our favorite memories of the Children's Museum was visiting this last Christmas Eve. We were there before the museum opened, and it was already pretty busy. While we waited in the large open area by the water clock for the gates to open, about forty workers lined themselves above us on the second floor balcony looking down. After welcoming us to the museum, they all took out large white pom-poms and threw them down on us like snowballs! The kids loved it! They also loved receiving beautiful white polar bear stuffed animals later on during the visit. Not to mention going down the slide a few times, which is always a blast!

It is never fun to leave the Children's Museum. We have found a great solution to help with this transition. Our last stop for each visit is to the cafeteria, where each child gets to pick out their own giant cookie! This is the only time when our kids do not have to eat a regular meal before their dessert. They love it, and they know that we will be heading back to the parking garage afterwards. Because we visit so often, they really don't mind taking a cookie in exchange for leaving after a great time at the Children's Museum. Even if it wasn't the biggest and best in the world, it will always be our favorite place to visit as a family and the place where we always bring our out-of-state guests. We love you, our Indianapolis Children's Museum!

Name: Alan Culwell


Our Favorite Place on Earth

There are many reasons why we call The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis “Our Favorite Place on Earth”. Every Special Exhibit seems to have aligned perfectly with what our children were interested in at that time in their lives. Even the mainstays, such as the Carousel and Dinosphere remain interesting visit after visit.

When our boy-girl twins arrived to start our family in 2005, we began driving from our home in Clayton, IN to splash and play at Playscape once a month. When they had fallen in love with Sesame Street, the Children’s Musuem opened the “Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?” exhibit. The “Bob the Builder- Project Build It” was open at the same time and resulted in a Bob the Builder themed birthday party that year.

We relocated to southwestern Indiana in 2007, about a 2 hours drive away from the Children’s Museum. My parent’s (Nana and Pappy) became members of the museum at that time so we could begin to visit the museum together when we came into town. We were only able to visit every 2-3 months, but we always made a point to search the website for upcoming exhibits to plan our visits.

At age 2 and into the preschool years, the twins loved everything on PBS, so we brought along some friends to enjoy the “Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog” exhibit and were able to meet Curious George face-to-face.

When they turned 4, their interests began to become a little more gender-specific. The Children’s Museum answered perfectly, opening exhibits for LEGO Castle Adventures, and “Comic Book Heroes”, where my son was able see his new favorite mode-of-transportation; the Batmobile. For my daughter, we had to visit “Barbie The Fashion Experience” shortly after opening so she could marvel at all of the dolls and bask in being surrounded by her favorite color; pink.

In 2009, we welcomed one more addition to our family – a baby girl. Naturally, she began accompanying us on our museum trips, just in time for the museum to bring back the “Bob The Builder – Project Build It Exhibit”. It was surreal to watch as my now “big kids” showed their new sister around a similar exhibit in which they had just discovered themselves a few short years ago.

Shortly after turning 1 year old, our new daughter discovered Dora the Explorer. Her vocabulary began to consist of Dora characters like Dora, Boots, Map and Backpack. Her room and toy box began to become populated with Dora books and toys. To my amazement, the Children’s Museum answered again, opening “Dora & Diego Let’s Explore”. This time we made the trip for opening weekend. I’ll always remember the walk across the new walkway from the parking garage to the museum. At every posted sign with a Dora character, she would point and say “Dor-da” (her pronunciation of Dora). As we walked into the museum and she saw the huge Dora banner, signs and employee buttons, her smile began to spread as big as I have ever seen it. Her eyes truly sparkled as she looked around in wonder. Walking through the exhibit with our friends again, it was Heaven on Earth for this Dora-loving little girl.

ExplorersWith all of the memories we have built visiting the Special Exhibits, it still does not compare to the impact that Dinosphere has had on my son. He was 2 years old when we first visited the exhibit and was immediately hooked. Thus began his quest for knowledge about all things DINOSAUR. We began reading books about dinosaurs, watching BBC videos about “Prehistoric Planet” and every wrapped holiday and birthday gift since has contained a different dinosaur toy. It was always fascinating to friends and family that he could identify and pronounce the different dinosaur names and recite facts about them at such a young age. And after reading every dinosaur book at the local library (often more than once), the local librarian began holding new books with any dinosaur content aside for him to check-out on our weekly visit. At the beginning of kindergarten, the local paper asked each student what they wanted to be when they grew up. As most children answered that they wished to be a policeman or coal miner, my son replied as he has since asked initially at age 3: “I want to be a Paleontologist.”

Now 5 memberships later, we have been able to experience lots of what the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has to offer. We are thrilled to catch an occasional show at the Planetarium or Lilly Theatre, but we have settled into somewhat of a routine: Special Exhibit first, followed by the Carousel, the food court for lunch and saving our favorite for last, Dinosphere. We have to wait until we hear the “rain” and the children love to quickly find cover in the caves.

I heard a line in a movie recently referring to parenthood that stated, “you will never get used to Children’s Museums”. Although I can appreciate the humor, I couldn’t disagree more. Some of my favorite times have been watching my children explore and discover new things at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. We love to continue the learning long after our visit. A lot of times, this results in mom and dad learning something new as well. For the simple fact that my children opt to visit the Children’s Museum over any other choice of zoo, playground or amusement park, it truly is “Our Favorite Place on Earth”.

Name: Jamie Dugan

The Rock Wall

My daughter and I live in Louisville but visit The Children's Museum of Indianapolis a couple of times a year. One of our most memorable visits was in response to a Facebook challenge from the musuem for spring break week. We drove to the museum eager to be the first to post a picture of a sucessful climb on the rock wall. Only my daughter had never climbed the rock wall. And as I am not the least bit athletic, she looked very anxious when she learned that her mom was going to be the one holding the ropes as she climbed. I admit that I was a little anxious to learn that I was the one holding the ropes for my daughters climb! We watched as other children, tried and failed. And then it was Annabelle's turn. She kept saying, I trust you mom, I trust you to hold the ropes! And I was her biggest cheerleader telling her she could do it. We cheered each other on. And we had a GREAT musuem worker who helped guide her. Annabelle did not give up. She kept climbing. It was one of the proudest moments in both of our lives when she reached the top of the wall! We could not wait to drive home and post the picture!! Although, as I recall, I think we actually did the wrong challenge that week!

Name: Lisa Riley