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Tucson Children’s Museum

Our friend Brooke sent us free passes!  Thanks Brooke!

Children’s museums are awesome!  TCM has tons of cool stuff!  It’s like a giant playfest.

There’s a real police motorcycle and the front half of an old fire engine, both have functioning lights and sirens and costumes to go with them.  JP right before he took his turn on the motorcycle.  He was so happy to be there and very eager to get his picture taken.  That was a pleasant surprise for me.

This wall is amazing!  It a bunch up PVC tubes with magnets on them so they can be positioned to make a path for plastic golf balls.  It’s right up my boys alley.  They played with this for a good half hour before other kids came along and they let them have their turn.


And I wish I had a better shot of this.  These are shelves recessed into to walls.  I simply love the look with the frames.  I wish I had space to do this in my house.

Life size game of operation=awesome!

I love Ami’s socks.

Conrad really had a lot of fun in the market area.  He play shopped and prepared this little feast long after Ami and Jeremia had lost interest and moved on.

JP was seeing how much he could make me laugh while pretending to be a vet.

He is quite the character and had me rolling.

And outside!  Can you believe it?!  How amazeballs is this? Huge tinker toys!  I say YES please and thanks!

He’s been drinking milk.

The boys worked as a team to make this cool fort. It was a fun way to keep the kids engaged for a few hours.



















Filed under Adventures, Entertain Me, On The Cheap, Rodents aka kids

Backyard Texture Rubbings

I peeled and broke crayons, something I am always telling the boys not to do, but it was for a good cause.

We had fun and they learned, which is always a good combination.

I cut standard sized, black and white, construction paper into fourths and broke the peeled crayons into thirds.  I stocked up on crayons with the back to school sales, so super cheap!

I encouraged them to try both black and white paper and helped them decide what colors would show up the best on the black paper.  It was fun, but they definitely prefered the white paper.

I reminded them not to do this without paper.The table-cloth, aka sheet, shows hints of another project we did that I will be posting about soon….fingers crossed.

Some of the things we rubbed were:



Wrought Iron

Tree Trunks


A Rake


A mailbox



The Pool

The Ground

Anything and everything we could think of.

A blissful, argument free hour went by before we knew it.  Boredom was annihilated and brains were expanded and enriched.  Good times!

Now you try it!


Filed under Entertain Me, Feeling Fartsy, On The Cheap