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Weekend excursions

We went and saw B today en famille, and spent about an hour with her in the snoezelruimte at the centre where she is living - not quite as elaborate as the one we used to go to at Tielt-Winge, but none the less very acceptable. She was delighted to see us, and F delighted to see her; U took a bit more convincing that this was a good idea, but had mellowed out by the end. It was really good to see all three children being happy in the same room, with F valiantly doing his best to interact with his sisters. We may even try the excursion again.

We've done quite well for family expeditions since she moved out. Last week we went to the annual exhibition of small cuddly animals in our village (see also our visit in 2005); both U and F enjoyed it, U seeming very much to engage with them whether in or out of her buggy:


and F bringing along his current favourite toy, Mr Rabbit, to meet his distant relatives:


The weekend before we went to Technopolis, the educational science centre in Mechelen to the north of Brussels. Lots of exciting wheels to turn and buttons to push; the highlight is the child's encounter with their own little Van de Graaff generator, a quite literally hair-raising experience:


See also video evidence of how exciting this is!

Well, the children's uncle has just arrived to celebrate his 30th birthday, so I shall go and be sociable.

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scattyme
Nov. 18th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
Fantastic that your visit with B went so well! It's nice that they have a snoezelruimte there.

The technological museum looks like a lot of fun. The rabbits look ridiculously cuddly. Happy birthday to Rob!
nmg
Nov. 18th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
Good photos of the boy F there - glad that the visit to see B went well. Do you have any sense of whether U comprehends B being not-at-home-but-elsewhere?
jenmarya
Nov. 18th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you all as a family have exploded forth from a cage. Mutual delight plus excursions. Congratulations.
pshtaku
Nov. 18th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
Lovely to here that B was so happy to see everyone - that room sounds amazing!

I want a VdG generator!! loadsafun!
dancing_aurea
Nov. 19th, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
If you'd consider going a bit further for excursions, I'd suggest you visit Earth Explorer in Oostende. It's got loads of fun experiments all involving one of the elements. My friends and I absolutely loved it there (and we're all 25-28 years old) so I'm pretty sure your children will have a ball there :-)
rfmcdpei
Nov. 20th, 2007 06:57 am (UTC)
I think that F would quite enjoy the Ontario Science Centre.
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