The Ball Dropped at Noon

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On Friday, Angry Kid and I headed over to meet my BFF, Stacey at the Discovery Science Center along with her daughter, Stella.  Stacey and I both needed a break from our houses, and the kids, well the needed to run around.  I should have figured out that everyone else in Orange County had the same idea, because it was packed.

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We arrived there, and melted into the crowds.  As we made it through the entrance, the smell of gingerbread was floating in the air.  The Discovery Science Center had their Science of Gingerbread event going on through the month of December, and I got to visit my gingerbread house that I made in November.  There were some displays to play on and the kids went wild.  It was hilarious.  They played like they were two year olds again.  We could barely catch them to take some photos.

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Angry Kid found a boy’s dream come true while we were there, a climbing wall.  He kept trying different approaches to the wall.  It was hilarious.  I wanted to help him, but I just stood back and watched.  If he has the chance, he would probably try climbing the wall all day long.

Stacey and I were waiting for the “Noon Balloon Drop” while the kids climbed.  I love their New Year’s Eve at noon concept. It was so fun to see everyone counting down.  They dropped balloons from the second floor of the center and all of the kids were running around trying to collect balloons.  You would have thought that Angry Kid and Stella had never seen balloons before.

Celebrating The "Noon" Ball Drop @ Discovery Science Center

Stacey and I waited several minutes to get a picture of the kids.  I think this was one of the better ones actually. Stella with her hand on the hip, and Angry Kid just gritting his teeth.  I think Angry Kid was mentally thinking, “I’m tired of taking so many pictures”.

We tried to convince the kids to give up their balloons but they refused.  We then went outside to their exhibits and let the kids run around some more.  Rather than try and take more photos of the kids, I played with my camera and photographed other things.  I love the way the structure is outside and it provided me a chance to be a little creative.

A view of the Discovery Science Center cube from within the cube

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And Angry Kid still with his balloon.  He would not give it up.  How could I say no to this face?  After two hours, Stacey and I decided it was time.  I think our anxiety levels reached a high with the crowds and other parents not watching their kids.  It was time for lunch.

Welcome to 2011!

8 comments
Katie | motherbumper
Katie | motherbumper

What is it with kids and balloons! My girl treats every balloon she receives like it is made from 24K gold. Happy 2011 Angry Julie!

Stacey
Stacey

I think next year we are going to do it off the balcony at my house though to save my sanity. I have honestly never been so afraid of my kid running off. She was so excited butt with ALL THOSE PEOPLE it was crazy! It was on the news. Carlos loved watching it. I saw your elbow on ABC. You're famous! I've decided they need to have a 2 hour pass for next year and have a 10am drop, noon drop and a 2pm drop and get people in and out of there and just sell tickets for one time slot. It was too much. Seriously, next year, my balcony! I'll even have geeky husband make a ball so the ball and the balloons can drop at the same time.

harmskills
harmskills

i love the NY's before New years for hte kiddies. next year we plan to dothat for my son!

Tractor Mom
Tractor Mom

What a cool idea...a noon balloon drop! I really love these Science Centers! I just wish that we lived closer to one. I could have taken my two...

Gina
Gina

That looks like so much fun! Great pics!

Vicky
Vicky

That explains my failure at every single gingerbread house I've attempted to build...there's science involved!

Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points
Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points

There's a SCIENCE to gingerbread? That explains the craters in the pseudo-breadlike substance we got when we tried to do our holiday baking this year. It didn't occur to us to use SCIENCE. I even have the lab coat and everything!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Of course there's science. It is like a science experiment just getting those walls to stick together.....

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