We took our long-overdue trip to the Pacific Science Center today. Remember how we tried to visit last September and it was the one week of the year that they're closed all week? This time, though, it was all good. We roamed the exhibits for a bit, then saw an IMAX movie in 3D: "Santa vs. the Snowman." It was pretty intense, especially for Cory who has never been to an IMAX movie OR a 3D movie! But he did pretty well. Fortunately, the movies are just over a half hour long so that made it more manageable too.
After the movie, over to the Center Court for lunch (Subway and pizza). The Christmas model train setup was in full swing and we enjoyed watching the trains too. And there was also a dance performance of excerpts from the Nutcracker (among other dances). Cory recognized some of the music from a field trip his class took to see "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" so we watched the dancing for a bit to see what was similar and what was different. Mostly different! It was fun to give the boys a tidbit of Nutcracker, though - up close and personal, too! - without committing to a whole 2+ hour production of the ballet. (We may do that another year. :-)
Back at the Science Center, we spent some time with the butterflies, got flashed at the shadow wall (a big hit!), and lamented the lack of water toys outside. Well - they're there but not working. Most of the water is gone for the winter. The big black rotating ball was fun to play with, though. And to take pictures of. :-)