Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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How far did we have to travel to visit ancient Egypt? We just needed to drive for less than 30 minutes to see “the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on exhibit in western North America” in San Jose Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium. To prepare for the visit, we read I Wonder Why Pyramids Were Built that went a lot further than Mummies in the Morning to give Anna an idea about life in ancient Egypt. We never finished Aug23_EgyptMuseum3 Mummies in the Morning, since Anna deemed it “too scary”. In fact, she almost refused to go since I foolishly mentioned to her the night before that there will be a mummy in the museum. I had to promise to her that she won’t have to go to a mummy room. Actually, I didn’t keep the promise, since the only mummy (unwrapped) is very visible from an entrance. Even though Anna was not thrilled, she was very interested in other parts of the museum. Aug23_EgyptMuseum2The  best part  of the trip was meeting a new friend – none other than JC from Joyful Learner and her very creative mommy. Both girls really enjoyed exploring the gorgeous grounds of the museum. It is surrounded by a beautiful park with a lot of tropical plants. It also has “A Peace Garden” where they could see a lot of common fruits and vegetables happily ripening for the fall – melons and watermelons, squash, and even  pomegranates. JC was a lot braver inside the museumAug23_EgyptMuseum4 and went exploring “inside the dark cave” which had a video about excavations in Egypt. Anna preferred to stay outside of the dark cave. Both girl enjoyed a small “treasure hunt” and getting stamps at a couple of place in the museum. The only complaint that I have is that many displays are not designed for young kids. Display windows started over  their heads, so the girls had to be carried sometimes to be able to see the Aug23_EgyptMuseum5exhibits. One very enjoyable touch was an outdoor giant version of an ancient Egyptian game called senet. It’s a “travel the board game” with relatively simple rules, and the big foam dice was a big hit. Unfortunately, it was too hot to really get them to play the game, but I am thinking that at least our family can easily come back for a tour of the grounds – the entrance to the park and even the parking are free.

Come and share your adventures in time and space at History/Geography linky hosted by Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn.

13 comments:

Christy said...

That sounds like a very cool place. I'm so jealous that you get to keep meeting such great bloggers! I don't know any bloggers that live anywhere in New England.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Very neat museum! I love the big game board.

And, I'm glad Anna, and JC hit it off - that's so much fun :)

Debbie said...

This sounds like a really neat museum. It looks like Anna and JC had a great time together.

Ticia said...

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Bother, key got stuck thanks to kid moving book.

I was wondering how long before you two would get together, you're both in the same-ish area (and I do know that doesn't mean much in a city that size, but still).

And I'm JEALOUS of that museum, there was a King Tut exhibit in Dallas a couple of years ago, but we were never really able to make it to that one.

Joyful Learner said...

Thank you for introducing us to this treasure trove! It did feel like we were almost in Egypt! JC really enjoyed meeting Anna and we look forward to our next gathering! Both you and Anna are gifted with words. I couldn't have described this experience any better. I'll be linking you on Friday!

Mom and Kiddo said...

I don't know why I didn't think to take Kiddo over to see the Egyptian exhibit at the Bklyn Museum after we read Mummies in the Morning. That was such a good idea.

Julie said...

I'm so jealous of that museum! C loves Egypt and we took him to our Art museum a year or two ago, but they didn't have hardly any Egyptian art on display. They've since remodeled and supposedly have a good display now. I need to get him there to check it out!

Infant Bibliophile said...

I love the way you pair your outings with books and learning about a certain place. I have been really unsuccessful at trying to maintain any themes or consistency in learning about one topic (I admit that I haven't tried all that hard yet). Our brains just seem to go all over the place. :)

littlewondersdays said...

It's wonderful that you have such a great museum so close. It looks like a great outing.

My Family My Forever said...

Natalie, this museum looks amazing! Hanna loves reading/studying about Egypt. She would have enjoyed this exhibit.

You are so lucky to be meeting bloggers! I would LOVE to meet some of the bloggers I "know".

MaryAnne said...

That's so cool that you got to meet JC and her mom! Looks like a great museum, too!

Kim said...

What a great way to make Egypt 'real' for Anna!

The girl who painted trees said...

I hope I get to meet both you, Anna, JC and her mom one day. That looks like a great museum. We have one here that has both dinosaurs and Egyptian artifacts so I will take Bear there after Mummies in the Morning.