Posts Tagged ‘Museum’

Oct 13 2019

Kit Carson County Carousel (Burlington, CO)

Kit Carson County Carousel Wooden Token

This is the second time we have visited the Kit Carson Carousel. It sits on the edge of the Kit Carson County fairgrounds in the small town of Burlington, Colorado. The first time we visited the carousel we were driving Interstate 70 from Colorado to Kansas to visit family.  We were looking for a good place to stop for a little bit and stretch our legs.  It was such a neat place to visit we told other family members about it and the next time we were driving through we stopped to share the experience with them!

The carousel was #6 of the 74 carousels made by Philadelphia Toboggan Company.  It was made in 1905 for the Elitch Gardens amusement park and was used until 1927.  In 1928 Kit Carson County purchased the carousel for $1,200 (the price included shipping).

The carousel animals are stationary with three animals per row.  The original Wurlitzer band organ has been restored and plays music when the carousel is in motion. The carousel is inside a 12 sided framed building on the edge of the fair grounds with a museum and small gift shop beside it.  It is the only antique carousel that still has the original paint on both the panels and animals. Most modern carousel go approximately 8 mph, however, the Kit Carson one goes a whopping 12 mph.

The carousel has quite an interesting history. During the Great Depression the carousel spent several years in storage. They local town stored grain inside the building that housed the carousel. At one point 3 of the animals were stolen and later found in another state. It was designated a National Historic Site in 1978 and National Historic Landmark in 1987.

If you are in the area or driving through on I70 we would encourage you to stop and explore this neat carousel. It only costs 25 cents to ride the carousel and $1 to visit the museum.

Riding the Kit Carson County Carousel

Flowers at the Kit Carson Carousel

Going for another ride on the carousel!

All smiles!

Kit Carson Carousel building

Other side of the wooden token!

Sep 02 2016

Travel & Vacation: Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center (Anchorage, Alaska)

Anchorage, Alaska

Super neat and comfortable boulder chairs!

Our family recently had the opportunity to travel to Alaska for our family vacation.  We arrived in Anchorage in the middle of the night, slept a couple hours before getting up and heading out to explore Anchorage.  One of the first stops we made was the Anchorage Museum at Ramuson Center, 625 C. Street, Anchorage, AK.  The hotel driver dropped us off right outside the entrance of the museum.

The kids loved the opportunity to learn about Alaska – fFrom displays with the culture, life styles, people, and history of Alaska. The kids loved exploring the neat science and technology exhibits as well as watching the animal presentation! They had really cool boulder chairs and places for parents or grandparents to sit and relax in the common area which seemed popular for the adults! The kids loved it and it was entertaining for us as parents too.

If you have some extra time while in Anchorage and you’re traveling with your family you should check it out. If you want you can use a free locker to put your travel items in while going through the museum. Also, it is part of the Science Center Association so if you are a member of your local Science Center check to see if they are part of the Association and you will get into this museum for free! 🙂

We had a blast at this museum!  They were not into the “art” gallery as much as the history, science and more kid focused rooms.  They had a lot of neat history and culture regarding Alaska.  It’s a great place to visit if you have kids and some time while in Anchorage, Alaska!

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Karlie giggling as she tries to sneak up on me with her pillow boulder!

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That’s a big pebble Brina!!!

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Goof ball Karlie!

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 Brina and Jake checking out what will happen if an earthquake hits near a house….

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 Brina and Jake in the bubble ring

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Now that’s a pretty shoe for you to wear!  Brina loved it!  Karlie said it didn’t look comfortable at all! It’s beautiful, but not sure I could stay upright in them.

 Designer Paula Rasmus-Dede, Not Your Mama’s Mary Janes, 2003 (consists of glass beads, patent leather, and different colors of wire)

“I made this peice because I like Mary Janes.  My grandmother made me wear orthopedic shoes when I was a child.  I wasn’t allowed to wear black patent leather Mary Janes like all the popular schoolgirls.  When I started making shoes I decided to make my own Mary Janes” – Paula Rasmus-Dede

I think Paula’s shoes may be a little bit fancier than just the average Mary Jane.

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Brina and Karlie lifting Jake up.  Testing the different types of pulleys

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Karlie and Jake in a giant bubble!

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There’s a bear behind you!

The “Travel and Vacation” series is an insight into our trips together as a family, ways we relax, and tips on how to make trips more enjoyable.  Life is short and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to build memories with family and explore of of the most amazing places during our time away.  Explore with a good attitude, look for fun, and it will be an awesome trip jammed packed with positive memories.  It is refreshing having some time away from the regular routine.  Make it a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet new people and learn.  You just might see or try something new that takes your breath away!

Oct 29 2015

Travel & Vacation: Space Center Houston, Texas

Our trip to Texas! Space Center Houston and Galveston. Jake and I had a great time exploring the area.

'Cool display at Space Center Houston'
We would love to take the girls to Houston, TX sometime with us so they could see the Houston Space Center.  Karlie especially would love it!
'Checking out the neat equipment at Space Center Houston!'
Jake by a piece of the Saturn 5
'Yes, I got to touch a piece of a moon rock!  So cool! :)'
Touching a moon rock.  Sweet!
'Wall of all the astronauts!'
Wall of astronauts and various missions.
'The newest Mission Control Center for NASA!  Awesome!'
 Watching the actual ISS from the Mission Control Center.
The “Travel and Vacation” series is an insight into our trips together as a family, ways we relax, and tips on how to make trips more enjoyable.  Life is short and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to build memories with family and explore of of the most amazing places during our time away.  Explore with a good attitude, look for fun, and it will be an awesome trip jammed packed with positive memories.  It is refreshing having some time away from the regular routine.  Make it a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet new people and learn.  You just might see or try something new that takes your breath away!
May 26 2015

Travel & Vacation: Exploring the Fernbank Museum of Natural History (Atlanta, GA)

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 We’re having fun at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History!

We had a blast working our way through the various sections at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.  They had one section that was very interactive, a lot of science, experiments, brain teasers, heritage, and more.  We ended our visit at what I call the “fun zone”.  It was like a giant indoor jungle gym with lots of things to do, see, and learn about.  They did are really great job with this museum.  Our kids really enjoyed it.  We made it through the entire museum, we were there when they opened and left as they were closing.  It was a full day of fun and learning.

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 Brina making a huge bubble

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 Jake made an hour glass shape bubble, neat!

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Whoa Dad!  That’s so cool!  They loved this bubble activity!

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 Karlie giving it a whirl!

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 Brina stretching it out a long ways.

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 Opps that one popped before she got too far

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 Wow, Karlie!

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 Awesome bubble Brina!

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 Brina flipped the bubble ring over her head and she was standing inside the giant bubble

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 Karlie had to try being inside a bubble.  Pretty neat.

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 Karlie having fun with the bubbles

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 Brina and Daddy trying out the next activity

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 Jake helping Brina do this one!

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 This one was pretty cool because I could stand on the other side and watch her do the whole activity.  Karlie trying to figure it out.

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 Karlie doing the activity while Brina watches.

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 Brina doing the “Mirrorly A Window” activity

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 Karlie sitting across the room chatting with Brina – super cool!

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 Brina talking with Karlie from across the room.  Even though it was noisy with others doing various activities and they were across the room from each other they could hear perfectly fine speaking in their normal voices because the acoustics were set up to carry the sound perfectly.

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 Weather station.  Brina watching the tornado

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 Brina and Karlie checking things out

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 Brina wanted me to go up with her into the huge tree house so she could show me some of the neat stuff they had.   It was really nice play area for the kids.

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 Brina jumping onto the swinging bridge just as I was about to cross….crazy girl! She makes me laugh.  At least her dramatic jump give me a little bit of a warning.

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 Brina found this book in the tree house library, she thought it was so hilarious she had to show it to me.

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 As I was talking with Karlie and looking around for a few minutes I went to find Brina.  This is where I found her back at the library reading another book.  It makes my heart happy when I see my kids reading voluntarily.  Love catching Brina enjoying  a good book on her own.

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 Karlie and Brina exploring the ocean section of the play area.

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 Baby turtle coming over to say “Hi”

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 Karlie on the look out

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 Brina and Karlie had a great time at the museum.  The time went by quickly, but we squeezed a lot of fun into the day together.

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Karlie thought it was so cool she could sit in a dug-out canoe like the Native Americans used to do so many years ago.

The “Travel and Vacation” series is an insight into our trips together as a family and ways we relax.  Life is short and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to build memories with family and explore of of the most amazing places during our time away.  Explore with a good attitude, look for fun, and it will be an awesome trip jammed packed with positive memories.  It is refreshing having some time away from the regular routine.  Make it a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet new people and learn.  You just might see or try something new that takes your breath away!

May 26 2015

Travel & Vacation: Fernbank Museum of Natural History (Atlanta, GA)

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We’re ready to explore the Fernbank Museum of Natural History

On one of our recent trips to Atlanta, Georgia we visited the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.  We had never been to the Museum, but were looking for fun and educational activities to do with the kids before heading home.  Since it appeared to have some great items we decided to give it a try.

The girls were very excited to check out this museum.  They have a variety of activities and events that you can do as well.  If you get hungry during your visit there is a cafe where you can grab a bite to eat.  We had packed our sandwiches before leaving the hotel so when we got hungry we headed out to the van for a picnic lunch then went back inside to finish exploring the museum. We had a lot of fun and spent a lot more time going through it than we initially planned.  The kids probably could have stayed longer, but they were closing for the day and we had to get back home.

For more information, directions, and other details about the museum you can visit their visit at  Fernbank Museum of Natural History.  If you happen to be in Atlanta and it’s a rainy day this would be a great place to take your family.  Plus you might see and learn some new stuff along the way too.

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They had this massive dinosaur in the lobby of the museum.  Pretty neat!

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 Hey who let the turkey inside!?

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 Checking out the different regions of the area.

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 Brina and Karlie having fun.

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 Cute fox, made you want to pet it!

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 Oh dear Brina, there’s a deer behind you!

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 That’s one big dinosaur footprint.  Brina was impressed.

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Brina checking out the dinosaur. Not sure I would want it running at me though.

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 Jake and the girls checking out the different dinosaurs.

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 Always something interesting to read and learn about

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 Brina looks small next to this one

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 Relaxing and having fun

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 Looks like a cute kid on the tail of that dinosaur.  Silly Brina!

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 Hammerhead shark

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 Our crew at the museum

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Sweet Karlie loving her time at the museum (if you look closely there is a racoon right behind her too).

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That’s some strange looking dinosaurs.

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 They had a section on “Poison” and a presentation that we went to while we were there.  It was very interesting!

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 Our family  learning about different types of poisons and how they are used

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 Jake and Brina checking it out

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 Daddy reminding Karlie of the saying….What was it again “Red and yellow kill a fellow….”

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 This was a really neat book / display.  As you turned the pages different items would show up and it was interactive too.  Pretty fascinating!  Brina especially liked the information on goats!

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 Brina, Karlie, and Jake playing a game to see if they can figure out what poison the dog ate and save it!  They all 3 won!  Must have learned something today!

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 The Astronomy Picture of the Day was on Saturn.  Karlie’s favorite planet.

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 Went to an animal show and demonstration (love their huge frog on the wall, neat and colorful).

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 Brina always wants to interact and learn more about any living creature.

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Karlie saying “Hi”

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We finished a level.  Where are we off to now Brina?!

The “Travel and Vacation” series is an insight into our trips together as a family and ways we relax.  Life is short and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to build memories with family and explore of of the most amazing places during our time away.  Explore with a good attitude, look for fun, and it will be an awesome trip jammed packed with positive memories.  It is refreshing having some time away from the regular routine.  Make it a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet new people and learn.  You just might see or try something new that takes your breath away!