We wanted to take her somewhere fun for dinner on Saturday night and after some serious deliberation we settled on Jillians, downtown. It is one crazy restaurant that teams up dinner with arcade games. It was probably a little too much for Olivia but at least it was family friendly. She had fun running around attempting to play some of the games. She was not very successful but did manage to collect a few tickets to turn in at the end of the night. Problem was she did not have enough to be able to earn a prize. When turning in our tickets the nice lady behind the counter felt badly for her so she handed her a sponge bob stuffed animal out of pity. At least she did not walk out empty handed.
The next morning we actually all slept in a bit before heading out to tackle the Indy Children's Museum. Olivia was bursting with excitement as we pulled into the parking lot and she practically dragged us to the entrance. We spent the next four hours running from exhibit to exhibit. There was so much to look at and take in. We started with the dinosaur exhibit. It was very fascinating, but a little intimidating for Olivia. Her highlight was playing with the little plastic dinosaurs. It was a very impressive exhibit.
Next was a trip to Egypt for their amazing exhibit on the country. Olivia was fascinated with the simulated plane ride that takes you to Egypt before you head off to explore everything the country has to offer. I am not sure how much she actually learned about the country but I enjoyed seeing what it would be like to visit Egypt.
The highlight was being able to dress up in fancy clothes and walk the fashion runway, while music played and cameras flashed. Olivia really got into this. She strutted her stuff and put on quite a show for us. The exhibit did a great job of giving the history of Barbie and how she has changed over the years. It was a pretty fascinating, regardless of my feelings towards her.
After a break for lunch we made our way to the historic carousel on the third floor of the museum. Olivia practically dragged me there. The ride was almost full but the tiger (her favorite) was open so that made her day. She spent the entire ride grinning from ear to ear. Carousels are by far her favorite carnival ride and she never gets tired of them.
After spending close to 4 hours at the museum we were all tuckered out. We hit up the gift shop on our way out and Olivia picked out her very own pair of binoculars. She has been into exploring lately and she thought these would help her on her adventures. Once we got in the car she passed out within minutes and slept almost the entire trip home. It was a fun little weekend getaway. The museum was a blast and I know we will be going back again soon.