March 30th, 2008

green little review

Poem for Sunday

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Greetings from Philadelphia, home of my alma mater the University of Pennsylvania, which I am visiting with my family and my parents. We went to the Academy of Natural Sciences to see the terrific interactive exhibit on the North and South Poles, "Ends of the Earth: From Polar Bears to Penguins," plus the dinosaur hall, live butterflies (a larger room than the Smithsonian, though with fewer varieties of butterflies) and wildlife dioramas. Then we went to the Franklin Institute, where we saw the biology exhibit with the giant walk-through heart, the electricity exhibits, the space science exhibits and the Baldwin Locomotive, plus the touring Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibition (we had seen it before at COSI but the kids had such a good time that we wanted to go again, and my parents hadn't seen it).

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After the museums, we went out to dinner downtown at a Thai-Malaysian restaurant called Aqua, which had a waterfall and absolutely fantastic coconut shrimp and mango chicken. Then we checked in to a hotel by the airport where the kids went swimming in the indoor pool. I am very sleepy after so much walking and Sunday we are going to several other places -- definitely the seaport museum, possibly the art museum and maybe one of the Brandywine Valley museums or Penn's archaeology museum -- so will post more details when I post more photos later in the week!