Yesterday I didn’t have to work, so I took the day off – from housework, and anything else we “had” to do. The original plan was to go to Scienceworks for the day, but when we arrived the line was way out the door, moving VERY slowly and it was cold & windy. So we turned around and headed to the Melbourne Museum.
The boys were fascinated with the Forest Secrets exhibit, especially the Satin Bowerbirds. At first we thought they were real!
They also loved looking at CSIRAC, Australia’s first computer, and the small display of King Tut that was free (we have plans to see the rest very soon).
After all this, it was time to head off as we were picking up a friends son. Driving down the road, I spotted the Shrine of Remembrance. I’ve been meaning to take the boys there for ages. I told the boys that if there was a car park close enough, we’d stop and have a look.
Well, I was lucky enough to find a park, so in we went.
Before going in, I explained to the boys they needed to walk inside and be respectful – and they behaved beautifully. They were fascinated and asked some great questions of the tour guides who were around the place.
When we arrived, we went to the Visitors Centre, where there was some school holiday activities – making either a stretcher bearer (which both boys made) or a nurse.
I didn’t even know they had school holiday activities!
The most moving part was when we got to the Stone of Remembrance and the light went across. The boys stood there with their heads bowed, watching the light move across the stone and listening to the bugle.
This was a trip I’d been putting off for a while, but definitely one we will do again. If you have the chance to visit the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, or wherever you are, with your kids, I highly recommend it. The Museum was pretty good too!