I am a huge zoo lover and am super pleased to be living in a city with a good zoo. I wanted my girls to grow up loving animals as much as I do and feel frequent zoo trips will help to ensure they learn compassion for animals, not just our family pets. Our original plan for their birthday was a zoo trip, however, weather changed our plans. I am all for going to the zoo in the snow, but probably not such a great idea with 2 year olds that are used to the desert.
After a short discussion, it was decided to go to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The museum is located near downtown Portland on the waterfront.
The museum was a lot nicer than I had hoped for. There was an area for kids to play in which allowed for hands-on interaction with exhibits. The biggest hit was the water area. There were many water based exhibits the kids could play with (smocks provided to protect the little ones).
There were many other exhibits including nutrition/exercise health, biology, paleontology and space. We were unable to see all the exhibits as my girls got tired and hungry. There was also a submarine ride which we will have to go on sometime soon.
The final exhibit we saw was about Lego’s and building with them. It was really an art exhibit showing Nathan Sawaya’s art with Lego’s. It is amazing to see what someone can build with Lego’s as I have never built anything more impressive than a tower.
We will definitely return soon!!