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Inspired by the Museum: The Fun is Just Beginning!

DotThis post was written by Children's Museum Blog Ambassador, Samantha Cotten. Follow Samantha's posts on the blog or follow her on Twitter @samanthacotten

It's a hard to believe that my stint as a member of the Blog Ambassador Panel with The Children's Museum has already come to an end. Didn't we just get started?!

I have to admit that six months ago, as the mother of a then 9-month-old, I was skeptical about the benefit my family would see in the museum. In my mind, the exhibits and programs were just a little too advanced for my little baby, and I couldn't imagine how she would enjoy it at such a young age.

I was so, so wrong.

We, as a family, have been inspired—just as the name of this series states. Since our first visit, we have seen a huge change in our daughter. Her creativity has been ignited, her curiosity is ever-present, and her mobility is at an all-time high. She's hit so many milestones—many of which become more apparent each time we visit. Her imagination is growing, in large part due to her time at the museum, and it never ceases to amaze us.

Over the last six months, we have explored (and climbed) every part of Playscape. We have driven IndyCars, rode on locomotives, dug for dinosaur bones, and have even flown to China. We attended a delightfully spooky Halloween bash, welcomed Santa Claus to Indianapolis, and of course we can't forget the time we watched Bucky come to life in the atrium.

But perhaps the best part of our new-found love of The Children's Museum has been the incredible inspiration for play and learning within our own home. Water tables have transferred over to bath time play, stairways have become mountain climbing courses and every pot and pan has become a musical instrument.

Everything is an adventure when you're 15-months-old!

Even though my time as a Blog Ambassador has come to a close, the fun is just beginning for our family. I hope you've enjoyed following us, both on this blog and via the #BlogTCM hashtag, as we reacquainted ourselves with the museum and brought the inspiration and wonder home with us. I hope to see you all soon at The Children's Museum!