Saturday, October 24, 2009

A Night at the Museum

A night at the museum. Okay, so it wasn't at night, it was in the morning. And it wasn't a museum. It was a children's museum. The thing about children's museums, and yes, I have been to more than one, is that they really aren't museums at all. Museums are supposed to be places where you go to see old stuff, like recreated dinosaurs and old butter churns from when your town was first founded. But that, Company, is generally fun for only about six minutes, and we all know that won't fly with little kids. So children's museums are not like that at all. They don't commemorate anything at all really. They are more like places for kids to play and learn shit.
And that is cool. The funny thing about it though, is that when you are an adult, they are pretty fun too. Like there are things that light up, and cool displays that you can play with, and all sorts of bird sounds if you push the right button, and giant bubbles, but as an adult you have to pretend that you are staid and boring and you aren't supposed to like that stuff. It's sad that you have to drag a kid along just to keep face but hey, that's the way it goes.
So anyway, children's museums aren't really museums at all, they are like fun centers for kids. So why then, are they called children's museums? That doesn't make any sense to me. They should be called child happiness centers. Or places for children with short attention spans. Not children's museums. Children's museums should be museums with pictures of children. Maybe an exhibit about Victorian English Orphanages. That would be depressing but slightly more appropriate in my opinion. I mean, one wouldn't take children there, of course, but a children's museum just sort of sounds like a name that should be for a place like that.
But we had fun, and my niece had fun, and that is all that matters in the end. So check out your nearest children's museum if you have a chance, especially if you have kids. The best part is that you will have a good time there as an adult, and you will be able to totally save face. And isn't that what life is all about?

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