I was pleased to not have such an early start on the Saturday but really we could have done with setting off earlier to make the most of Cambridge Science Festival.
I’d heard loads of friends say positive things about the festival but it always seemed so far away to take part in ourselves and really you end up thinking that there must be similar things nearby. Anyway, it was a bit of a long drive in and a long wait at the park and ride but we eventually managed to get into Cambridge city centre.
Alex really wanted to visit the zoology museum as she has been a member of the young zoologist club that the zoology department runs for a few years now and we’d promised a trip there ‘one day’. The museum is full of stuffed specimens and skeletons and the kids spent ages oohing and aahing over various things. They loved it there! We all couldn’t believe the size of an elephant seal skeleton either!
The special event on in the zoology department was some live bugs being on show and various microscopes and insect bits to look at. Alex held a praying mantis after a bit of encouragement (she wanted to, but didn’t want to ask) but drew the line at a hissing cockroach!
After being there we headed to the Scott Polar museum. It’s a bit of a mixed feeling this one. We’ve learned a bit about the polar expeditions recently and Marcus listened to an audio book we got called Race to the Pole which he enjoyed a lot, but made him quite sad due to them dying and one committing suicide. So although I enjoyed the museum and we all learned lots, it made them all sad again.
So after that we headed next door to the chemistry department where the kids got togged up in lab coats and goggles and set to work doing some experiments in the slime area. They did the dna separation from strawberries, silly putty and watched them make elephants toothpaste (actually M watched it so I’ve no idea what that was about). Unfortunately we didn’t have nearly enough time there until it was time to watch a science lecture which was excellent and full of bangs and suprises. The kids are still on about the chickens blowing up at the end 😉
The worst bit about the day really was that we failed to get on the bus back to the park and ride due to it just being so busy, so we walked. This wouldn’t have been so bad if I hadn’t had to walk with Alex who whinged the entire way 😉
Back to M&M’s and we celebrated St Patricks day with Colcannon mash and lamb for dinner – yum yum 😀 and whiskey for those that liked it.
Sunday saw us head home but not after a lazy start and lots of tea and chatting. I have some fab friends and I never seem to get over how lucky I am after weekends like these.
We stopped off at a campervan dealer on the way home and had a good look around some vans to see if teh configuration we think we want is a good idea and won’t be too big/not big enough. Kids loved all of them, as did I, but they were very expensive and we’ll be looking at cheaper ones for sure. Good to get an idea and was great to look round without a pushy sales person too.
Need a holiday now 😉