Kara Noel Lawson: Oh Hey, It’s Inventors Week at the Cube

We spent our morning being engineers during Inventors Week at the Cube! This event runs through July 10th. The focus of Inventors Week is to tinker, build, and explore while learning about electronic and robotic principles, every inventor needs to know!

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Scattered throughout The Cube are tables, manned by one of their amazing associates. Each station has a hands-on experiment or activity for the kids to try. And the associates do mini science presentations. I am always SUPER impressed with the way the associates patiently answer questions from my kids. The Cube really knows how to pick friendly folks!

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We had three favorite stations: conductors, snap circuits and exploding legos!

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Tess can’t stop talking about how she “played a potato!”

We really loved the Brain Builders area upstairs. Little Inventors can build LEGO creations then use a cannon to blow them up.

Kids loved it.
I wonder why? (sarcastic tone)

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I was shocked at how much my kids liked doing this Snap Circuits Discovery Kit. They loved it! And I loved how easy it was to use.

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We are going to try to go back on July 7th (1pm) for a live video conference with NASA.
NASA!! What?!?!!?

The kids will learn about the Orion and Space Launch System missions and how NASA plans to explore areas of space that more than 40,000 miles beyond the moon! An engineer from the Ground Systems Development and Operations team at Kennedy Space Center will be available by video conference to answer questions about upcoming deep space operations.

How awesome is that!?!?!?

I hope you guys can check out Inventors Week!

I’ll be taking over the social media for The Cube on Friday the 8th (Squeeeee…) and I’ll share our slow motion video from our LEGO explosions. And I wouldn’t want to get ahead of myself or anything… but we really can’t wait for this…

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Kara Noel Lawson: Extreme Dinosaurs at Discovery Cube!

Walking into the Extreme Dinosaurs exhibit is like stepping back into time. There are 17 HUGE animatronic dinos… dinos that won’t eat you up. The whole exhibit feels like you are in a rain forest with plants and trees around the realistic dinos.

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The kids felt like they were in Jurassic Park. I wish I could convey in this post how big the dinosaurs actually are in person. I felt like all our prehistoric lessons were coming to life for the kids. I actually saw the spark of understanding as we read each sign and looked at the huge animatronic beasts.

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One of the dinosaurs is so big they had to “bury” the feet so he would fit in the room. It was the T-Rex and it was glorious.

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There are interactive features as well!

You can control your own dinosaur from a console (check out Cy controlling one in this video) or become a paleontologist and discover dinosaur fossils.

Kara Noel Lawson: Gingerbread for Breakfast! {Because Why The Hay Not?}

Kara Noel Lawson: Gingerbread for Breakfast! {Because Why The Hay Not?}


It’s all about Gingerbread this week at our house!

Last night we made gingerbread houses! (I’m trying so hard to be intentional about the holiday merriment this year. Is it just me or is it a little too easy to just have business as usual and not to all the “extra” stuff? Overwhelmed. Plus I really want our lives to be simple.) We got this Gingerbread Mini Village Kit at Target for $10! And the kids had a blast decorating. I love that they each got their own house so they got to be creative and make it just they way they wanted. IMG_0146

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Then they asked me if they could have their gingerbread houses for breakfast. I laughed, and said, “Yeah right!” Then I thought, “Why the hay not?” I mean, the alternative is for the crumbly houses to be sitting on the counter for a week while the gingerbread gets stale and the children are sneaking candy behind my back. Everyday they would begging for a piece of candy and everyday I would say no. I would probably end up resenting the little things (gingerbread houses, not kids) and sneaking them into the outside trash cans late at night (still gingerbread houses, not kids). So I said, “YES! You can eat those gingerbread houses for breakfast tomorrow morning… After you have your morning water and some fruit.” (I can’t be all fun and games.) The children were stoked. Like super stoked. It is so much fun to say yes to your kids. And I’d like to think they will remember these small moments forever. IMG_0150

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After our breakfast gingerbread gorge fest we went to the Discovery Science Center’s new exhibit Science of Gingerbread. (Because, the truth is, I really do like to be all fun and games!) IMG_0181-e1449800498607

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The Science of Gingerbread exhibit is great… and just the right size for us to experience everything in one afternoon. I like to go around lunch. All the morning moms leave before afternoon naps and we have the whole place to ourselves. IMG_0162-e1449800719241-600x509

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I can’t stress enough how much my kids love this place. (Get the yearly membership! It’s $99 for one year or $125 for two years. If you go once a month for two years that is only $5 a visit! Essentially we only paid $1 each to get in today. And I don’t feel bad about hitting the road after a short 2 hour visit.) IMG_0190-1

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We got to do the Gingerbread Derby Competition (11am, 1pm, & 3pm). The kids got to build their own race car out of gingerbread house supplies then test their creations on the race track. Cora Jane won. IMG_0166-e1449801576224-300x262 Keystone strength make your own arch lounge chair keystone learning One part of the exhibit was building a freestanding arch and my kids loved this!! And since we are studying ancient history we were able to talk about the Roman arch and keystones. (Wouldn’t this arch kit be fun to make with the kids!?!)  In typical Discovery Cube fashion, there are interactive parts of the exhibit too! We had so much fun! If you go, let me know how you like it!

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Here is a quick run down of all the areas: Gingerbread Derby Competition – SO MUCH FUN! (11am, 1pm, & 3pm) Kitchen Chemistry Learning Station – learning gingerbread recipe and the chemical reactions that happen when you bake. Gingerbread Spices Learning Station – smelling and feeling Gingerbread ingredients. Build a House Learning Station – giant blocks, Roman arch, matching shapes and a playhouse. 3D Printing of a gingerbread house – you get to watch a 3D printer print stuff. It’s really neat!!!! There is also Cookie Decorating in the Healthy Kitchen and Santa Meet & Greet but only on select days and times so check the schedule here before you tell the kids you’ll be meeting Mr. Claus!