City has lots to offer.....

Trip Start Apr 20, 2012
Trip End Sep 01, 2012

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Zuckerman House

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Our previous time and energy spent wearing out the kids, was clearly a little bit slack yesterday as this morning, all 4 cousins were up and about before 6:30. Today, it was back to work for Ben and on his way out the door, he tagged in Fiona and the responbility of hostess and tour guide was back firmly on her shoulders. So, before we knew it, we were being served these amazing  flaxmeal pancakes for breakfast, the bags were packed, plans had been laid and we were out the door into Odie and heading to the outdoor store. Tim wanted to buy one more can of bear spray so that both he and Jess had one each. It turned out to be quite a process to get the bear spray this time as I had to take it to the counter in a sealed canvas bag which was kept closed by one of those clothing tags and I had to go directly to the counter, I was not allowed to pass GO or collect $200. And then, after it was removed from the sealed bag at the counter and I had paid for it, I was allowed to take it out of the store in my hands, no bag required, and I loaded it into the hip holster!!!! Ain't things funny sometimes?
Off we continued downtown to Science World. This was a very cool place where we spent the next four hours of our lives.....This Science Museum had four levels in which to touch, spin, test, invent and play science related things. Principles of science were in full display and action all over the joint. We were able to use a harp that instead of strings had a series of light beams that were all connected to different pitched electronic sounds. As you ran your hand down the air in the middle of the harp shape, you could hear strings being played. It was even detailed enough that with a little practice, you could pluck an individual note. There was also an incredible exhibit about Leonardo DaVinci and the whole breadth and depth of his work. There were many scale models of different principles and machines that he had designed. The principles and theories and mechanics that he designed over 500 years ago are still used in modern vehicles and machines! Finally, Science World also had live shows every hour where someone came out on stage and presented a 20 minute program on a specific topic. We saw the shows on Chemistry and Electricity. Both were entertaining, but Lily got selected as a volunteer for the final act in the Electricity show, which was called; 'Chain of Pain'. At one end of the chain was Lily holding onto a metal pole. She was connected to a line of another 5 children all of whom were contacted to each other by their pinky fingers. At the other end of the chain stood a young girl standing on a plastic stool with her right sleeve up and her left hand resting on the Van de Graff generator. This is a small machine designed for creating electricity in the form of miniature lightning bolts. As the girl on the stool began to get charged up with electricity, all of her fine, shoulder length, black hair began to stand straight up in all directions. She then contacted her right elbow to the exposed left elbow of the boy next to her. There was a snap, a crack, the kids all jumped and the audience laughed and clapped with great delight! Afterwards, Lily confided in us that "it wasn't too bad, no different than the electric fence."
Well, we hd a great session at Science World but the kids and grown-ups had experimented enough for the day and we headed back to the house to rest-up. Ben came home, the kids veged out in front of a Lego movie that Eli had found on the internet, and the Mums and Dads and the Aunts and Uncles sat down and had drinks and appetizers on the back porch and chatted away. Before we knew it the kids were nearly down for the count and we struggled to rise and arouse them as we marched them out the door to the Richmond Night Market at 7:30. But, the lights and sounds of a gigantic outdoor Asian market shook them awake again. We wandered amongst the food stalls for some dinner for us and the kids, together we had: wontons, bbq pork dumplings, fried noodles, watermelon slushy, bbq tofu, tokoyaki (octopus filled dough balls, similar to seafood aebleskivers), ice cream, bbq corn..... We briefly wandered the stalls for shopping purposes, Jess still can't find the perfect new phone case, watched the band playing blues laden rock n' roll and took the kids home and put them to bed.
Ben and Tim then went for an evening bike cruise of the Eastside of Vancouver, had a sampler platter of beers in one pub, a cocktail in another and then biked home in the rain. All were surely now destined for a sleep-in?!?!?
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Looks like a fun and happy time with the cousins.

tutu on

Great times with the 'couzies' , love the photos and all of you together, such fun.

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