Why hadn't Eric and I gone to Balboa Park on our many opportunities before kids? Good question because it would have been an easy day trip while visiting Eric's parents in Oceanside. Balboa Park (aside from the San Diego Zoo) is really not designed for kids. How many 3 and 5 year olds go in to the 17 museums there? Not my kids! We did however make the best of it and had a good day. We spent several hours at the Reuben H Fleet Science Center but felt that the girls would have enjoyed it more if they were several years older. I think Eric and I enjoyed all the displays more than the girls. We had a hard time looking at everything because the girls' were ready to move on to the next thing. Here are several pictures of inside the museum.
We walked to the one free art museum, Timken Museum of Art. The kids complained the entire time we walked around but we enjoyed the small museum and appreciated the fine art. We even got to see a Rembrandt. After seeing art we saw a street performer doing some juggling and making jokes. The kids got a kick out of that. Then back to the science center for a kid lunch. The girls are enjoying playing the face game. We give them a feeling or mood and they are supposed to make that face. Here's Etta:
Chloe wasn't particularly playing the game when she gave me this face: pouting face. She wanted the chips that were being withheld.
Another highlight of the day was the Spanish Village Art Center. We didn't get the opportunity to go into many stores because they were small and had many breakable items. One store was a ceramic shop and as soon as I stepped inside I told Eric the pieces looked Japanese. I overheard two ladies speaking in English but with a noticeable Japanese accent. So, Eric walked over and started speaking Japanese. He was able to get in a good 5 or 10 minutes of practice before ushering the girls out of the store (without breaking anything!). That pretty much wrapped up our time in California. We left for Vegas shortly and I'm typing in a small temp living facility on base. We're moving into a furnished condo Friday until we have a house.