Today was my daughters birthday and to celebrate we made a playdate with one of her friends to go check out the opening of the new “Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body” exhibit at the Orlando Science Center. The exhibit is based on a book series by author Sylvia Branzei.
Once inside, you get to learn about all kinds of things going on in your body you may not have given much thought to. Ever taken a body odor quiz to see if the microbes are coming from your armpits or your feet? What about standing inside a giant nose to feel the sneeze?
Lots of Interactive Stations!
In the “GI Slide” where the girls could climb up into a “mouth” and slide down into a “stomach” and then crawl through the tunnel representing the intestines. Cutway views offered glimpses for parents to peek at their kids traveling through.
There was a “skin” rock climbing wall where they could crawl across the epidermis and a shooting game where they would aim and fire balls into a nose to make it “sneeze.”
At other stations you could experiment in making toots or burps — causing great giggles. You could also play a video game where you sorted white blood cells, red blood cells and other “good things” out of the bloodstream and put the different shaped “waste particles” to be cycled out into the urine stream. “Gas Attack” offered a new twist to pinball.
The girls were amused, and I was surprised to learn a few new things. It reminded me a little bit of the previous “Body Works” exhibit but with fresher graphics and new ways to interact with the displays. While the preschoolers had fun playing, I think the elementary schoolers who can read on their own will get the biggest kick out of the “gross!” factor since facts and trivia bits can be found all over the place.
WHEN: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Wednesdays through April 27.
WHERE: Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St., Orlando.
COST: $17 general;$16 students and ages 55 or older; $12 ages 3-11; free for ages 2 or younger.
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Here’s an interesting flier I got for those with kids 3-5 years old when renewing my membership. It sounds exciting!
Preschool at Orlando Science Center
With our years of experience educating children in our summer camp and school field trip programs, Orlando Science Center is proud to provide full day preschool for children ages 3-5.
Your child will be well cared for in the strcutrued, but entertaining way that has consistently made the Science Center a hit.
Space is limited to the first 20 children. Reserve your spot by calling 407.514.2166
Orlando Science Center
777 East Princeton Street
Orlando, FL 32804
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Posted in Photo Contest, tagged Photo Contest on January 9, 2009 |
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You’ve probably noticed the banner change on the website. We’ve decided to try something new in 2009 — a monthly photo contest for our readers!
The first photo is of my daughter harvesting onions in our backyard. We’re getting ready for new crops in our garden.
The full glimpse is here:
We’d love to see how you and YOUR family are living out your AP/natural family lifestyle!
Do you also garden? What about cloth diapering? Crafting? Cooking? Homeschooling? Green cleaning? Recycling? Topic is up to you!
You may email photo submissions to Cat by Jan 24th. No need to crop it to size, we’ll do that for you. Black and white or color is fine — just send the largest resolution possible so we have plenty of image to work with when cropping it to banner size.
Winner will be announced in a post featuring the full photo and banner version will appear for the month of February.
Get out and snap!
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I recently began working outside the home, so I’m constantly on the lookout for nutritious recipes that can be put together in a matter of minutes. While I’m doing a bit of freezer cooking and “night before” prep, I’ve also purchased some frozen items at Whole Foods to keep around for extra late nights.
I’m writing today to review Whole Kitchen’s Souffle with Emmental Cheese. I was a little skeptical when I read the directions on the back of the package. How could a souffle be so easy? You simply pour the contents of the package into a souffle or casserole dish and bake for 35 minutes. This souffle was surprisingly tasty! It was a hit with the whole family. You can use the half hour to prepare a green salad and set the table. (I actually used the souffle as part of a “breakfast for dinner” type meal that included buckwheat blueberry pancakes.)
I’ve tried several other products from the Whole Kitchen line and have been happy with the prices as well as the ingredients.
It’s important to note that processed foods, even those from Whole Foods, usually contain a lot of sodium and should be used in moderation.
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It’s hard to believe that Valentine’s Day will be here in just over a month. I figured I’d take a moment to talk about some of the candy we purchase around the holidays for our children. We buy organic candy because we strive to eat naturally, but mostly, we make these purchases because our son reacts to just about anything artificial. The reactions are so intense that we keep alternatives with us for birthday parties and send alternatives to school for special events. He reacts to all artificial food dyes along with high fructose corn syrup and vanillin (artificial vanilla). Either one or all of these ingredients are in traditional brands.
Our favorite lollipops are by Yummy Earth. I prefer the Pomegranite Pucker while my kids enjoy the watermelon. David’s teacher has a bag of these at school. This way, he won’t be excluded if a child brings in candy to share or if the class is rewarded for some reason. The flavors are very intense. My middle schoolers even enjoy them! It’s great knowing that there are no artificial dyes or high fructose corn syrup in these since typical lollipops have both.
When we want to purchase chocolate for ourselves or for gifts, we always look for Newman’s Own or Endangered Species chocolate bars. I’ve found that both of these brands are readily available these days and both are absolutely delicious.
I should mention that the Endangered Species Bug Bites are especially good if you’re looking for alternatives to traditional bite-size chocolates.
This Christmas, I wanted some natural candy canes for my kids, and I knew I would only find them at the health food store. Whole Foods had only one brand available, so I bought Pure Fun candy canes. My kids loved them! I visited their website recently and found that they make other types of candy as well.
I won’t get into the details about each company, specific ingredients, and what they contribute to conservation efforts. Please explore the links for more info and remember that this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many wonderful brands of natural candies and several of them are even offered at local stores. When shopping online, I usually order via Amazon or Mother Nature. It’s also important to note that these are more natural alternatives, but they all contain some type of sugar.
Is there a natural candy that your family really enjoys? Please take a moment to tell us about your favorite sweet treat by leaving a comment.
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