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Florida Discoveries 7: Emerald Coast Science Center, Fort Walton Beach

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Florida Discoveries 7: Emerald Coast Science Center, Fort Walton Beach

My sister Margaret and her 3 sons were in town most of last week.  It's always really wonderful when my sister's family visits.  All 5 of our boys are almost like a pack of wolves, they rarely fight, and Margaret and I can talk talk talk talk talk talk talk.....

Did I mention we talk?  We were up till 1-2am every night they were here...

Ironically, the weather was fabulous for the 5-6 days prior to their arrival, and on the day they left, it was once again sunny and warm.  They were greeted with windy, cloudy days, complete with a severe weather outbreak on one of the days!

But that didn't stop us.  I'll write about our chilly kayaking trip in my next post, but for now I'll discuss the activity we did on the one day I took the boys out of school.  It thunderstormed most of the day, so we visited the Emerald Coast Science Center in Fort Walton Beach, which is about 30 minutes east of us.

It's a small operation, probably about 2 hours total to see the whole thing.  And that was with 5 very curious, geeky boys.  They enjoyed it just the same, they were especially interested in the hands-on activities, such as the bubble tables and the interactive health and anatomy areas.

Enjoy some pictures from our afternoon.  After we visited the museum, we met up with our friend Lisa who lived nearby.  By then, the rain had stopped and the boys enjoyed a couple more hours at Fort Walton Landing park.

Just off Highway 98 in old historic Fort Walton Beach.

The kids didn't seem to care that this "Hot Hands" exhibit didn't really work anymore.

Playing with the Van De Graff machine.

This was fun...you open/close the mirrors to make the mice multiply.

Timmy trying to figure out how the color lights work for this exhibit.

The bubble room was by far the most popular area!

Quite a face, huh?

The boys were having contests to see who could make the longest bubble!

This had the makings of a really great picture, except for the little ones having their eyes closed....

So we suggested they shade their eyes and this is what we got....

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