Last week was our spring break so, being the party animals we are, we went to the Science Museum of Minnesota!!! I promised someone I would see how much admission is so I’ll tell you too: it was about $30 for our family to get in (under 3 is free).
Wolfie napped all the way there and was a little cranky at first because he didn’t get to sleep as much as normal. While we walked around, W. was moderately interested in the dinosaurs and various exhibits with lights and models, but he was upset he couldn’t touch everything. Beckett and I really enjoyed looking at everything and reading labels.
When we were almost done looking at everything we found the cardboard room and it was love at first sight!!!!
The whole room was full of boxes, half-made forts, tape, scissors, markers, and all sorts of “treasures.” The whole scene kinda reminded me of the good old ball pits at McDonalds. What could be better to an almost-2-year-old!?!
We never exactly figured out why the box room existed, but I’m sure it has something to do with showing kids they can have fun and be imaginative, even if they aren’t glued to an iPad all day. A good lesson for us all.
I had recently taught W. how to use some kids scissors so he was extra happy to find a pair of scissors on the floor of the room (not pictured). Of course, being the the mean mom I am, I immediately took them away because they were practically the Dial M for Murder kind.
At least there was plenty of tape to distract him!
As W. and B. were having the time of their lives, I was nervously noticing how easy it would be to lose track of a kid in that room! The scattered boxes were really quite disorientating! After all, the first kid we encountered upon entry was a lost toddler crying for his mom by the door. Being the concerned person I am, I started helping him look for her. She finally emerged from behind a pillar/a pile of boxes.
All I could think of was that if I were a bad guy I could have taken that kid easily. I was glad to see the mom come get him and keep him close after that.
We had fun putting W’s initials on the wall: WDW (pictured below) and Wolfie got in a fort and crawled around till he found tons of “treasures” in the form of crayons and one bandaid (eww, right?! But his excited face was adorable).
Then things got a little weird…
At the same time B. was trying to take pictures of W. and me, I was still eyeing the creepy guy who had been taking pictures and videos of little girls on his phone. He looked to be in his 60s and seemed to be alone… and he was taking pictures of little girls. It was so odd. Not just because he seemed to be alone and taking pictures of other people’s kids, but also because he seemed to be trying to sneak them in quickly.
I kept trying to figure out if he was with someone in the room, but something about the way he kept moving around and reading signs in between creeping over and taking pictures of kids made me suspicious.
Finally the old guy tried to get MY son in a picture too and that threw my mom instincts into full force. I could have basically been in an exhibit as an angry mama bear about to attack. My mind was racing, trying to decide whether it would be better to confront the guy or run and get security.
I first tried to position myself in a way that would hide little W.’s face behind me and Beckett so the guy couldn’t get a good picture. To further complicate the situation, Beckett had been playing with W the whole time and didn’t realize the guy was trying to get W’s picture. I felt like I couldn’t tell Beckett why I was hiding W. because the guy was so close he would have heard me! It made me feel so helpless and frantic trying to figure out what to do.
Then the creepy guy then moved onto photographing some nearby girls playing on the floor who looked to be 7 or 8 years old. Trying to alert the girls’ moms, I ended up making weird faces and gestures to some ladies sitting talking nearby, assuming they were the girls’ moms. The moms made some faces and subtle gestures back at me and I wondered if they thought I was actually the creepy one in this situation or if they were trying to tell me they knew.
As soon as I told B what was happening, we packed up to leave the room. As we made our hasty exit, we encountered three museum workers running toward the room, walkie talkies out, and ponytails swooshing. I was glad to see that someone else must have noticed the unwanted paparazzi.
I wish I knew what happened for sure, but I felt pretty satisfied knowing the museum workers were in there and could monitor what was happening.
I told you that odd little story to warn you moms and future moms to watch your kiddos. Have fun, go to the zoo, the museum, the park, but remember to watch your kids closely, even if you feel 100% safe and familiar there.
And if you think someone is taking pictures of your kids or following weirdly, notify security or the police. It’s ok to be a mama bear. You absolutely cannot be too cautious these days!
green sweater (H&M) — I got so many questions about this just walking around at the museum! It’s seriously so cozy and such a gorgeous color– my favorite! | Hi-Rise Jeggings (AE) | Platform Espadrilles (Sam Edelman)– pictured here
Jacket (similar) | Sweater (similar) | New shoes I just got him (not pictured) | jeans — but our favorite jeans for him are now Joes Jeans that we snagged at Nordstrom Rack, linked here! He likes them because they are super comfy and I like them because they show off his long legs and have a really clean look!
I love putting Wolfie in these reversible sweats these days! Mostly because he seems so comfy in them, but also partly because it cuts down on the amount of clothes needed. It looks like a totally different outfit when reversed and I can also mix it up and reverse just the pants or just the top! Thank you, geniuses over at Mini Boden, for creating such useful clothes!