This summer was the Olympics and it was the first time my son was old enough to watch it. He wasn't very interested in it, but it started a conversation about sports and competition and exercise. (In all honesty, I didn't watch much of the Olympics except for at night, so his exposure was limited. We just don't watch much tv during the day.) But, coincidentally, the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia is featuring the Grow Games for two months, so we went down for a visit to explore the new exhibits and revisit favorites.
I love that they redesigned this exhibit this year so that there were more hands on things for the big kids. Last year they wouldn't let my then 3 year old on the little treadmills. Now they have big kid-sized ones and clearly he had a blast!
All part of the Grow Games! There is a small separate area for kids under three years that is perfect for little ones to play without getting trampled on by the big kids. My son was curious about it, of course, but mainly because it was in the Three Bears exhibit area! This was a great temporary exhibit that I hope returns next year too. It is at the museum through September.
The other new summer exhibit is a play-water ice stand. The museum has their own personalized Rita's flavor for the summer too. Of course my little guy loved pretending to run his own Rita's Water Ice stand!
He said it was one of his favorite things to do there, although he reported that it "wasn't what I was expecting." When asked for clarification, he explained that he thought he would be scooping real water ice, not pretend!
I have a feeling he is going to miss this exhibit when it goes away. We spent a lot of time there!