Visiting Pearl Harbor is one of those things that you pretty much have to do when you’re in Honolulu. The only thing about visiting Pearl Harbor is that you have to make sure you reserve a spot before you go! Well, there are a certain number of spots available the day of if you show up early, but it’s possible that they would run out! In the end, my mom and I were able to get spots the day before because a certain number come out way early, a certain number the day before, and then a certain number the morning of on site.

Since we didn’t rent a car while on Oahu, we rode the city bus there. You are not allowed to bring anything essentially into the memorial site so you have to rent a lock box outside the gates. Once we were inside, there are areas to look around and museum-like exhibits and displays that we perused before watching the mandatory video with the rest of the people in our time slot. Then we boarded a boat to get to the memorial site where we were let off to explore for half an hour before being corralled back onto the boat. It was a very interesting experience. It’s also crazy to be at the memorial site, which is built right on top of the sunken ship that you can see under the water.

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2ohe’o gulch’s papaw trailparadise in a florohe’o gulch’s lower poolsother road to hanavolcano sunrisevolcano crater hikingpaia’s market for fishbig beachsurfing goatsali’i kula lavender • tropical eats
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A Oahu-style photo adventure:

While exploring downtown Honolulu, my mom and I spent time time relaxing in the free cool air conditioning of the Hawaii State Art Museum. Of course, this place offers more than just air conditioning though, they have beautiful art that really exemplifies all of Hawaii. We didn’t walk through every exhibit since we didn’t have that much time in Honolulu and wanted to be able to hit as many neat spots as possible, but the art pieces we did encounter were quite neat. I especially loved seeing how water and other parts of nature were a big part of the art pieces. There was also a high school art competition on display when we were there, which was super awesome to get to see. Those kids are so talented!

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2ohe’o gulch’s papaw trailparadise in a florohe’o gulch’s lower poolsother road to hanavolcano sunrisevolcano crater hikingpaia’s market for fishbig beachsurfing goatsali’i kula lavender • tropical eats
OAHUdowntown capital sites

A Oahu-style photo adventure:

{sacramento} crocker art

June 12, 2017

The Crocker Art Museum was on my list of “must see” places in Sacramento. OK, let’s be honest, there weren’t that many places on my list of “must sees” in this city, but the Crocker Art Museum is actually quite famous especially since it’s the longest continuously-operating art museum in the West! Since it’s Sacramento’s big art museum and Sacramento is the capital of California, the Crocker Museum is also home to a large collection of California art. I had fairly low expectations coming into this museum because I’ll be honest, I hadn’t heard that much about it before (even though it had made my list of “must see” places). I was genuinely surprised though because this museum was huge and included an older portion as well as a more modern half. Take a look!

A artsy crocker photo adventure:

Hi everyone!

Young kids are told all the time “Don’t touch that!” While this is typically in their best interest, it can actually stifle much of the curiosity and learning inherent to that age group. In Philadelphia, kids can let their creative juices flow at a museum aptly named the Please Touch Museum.

As part of a class I took this semester, we got an after-hours tour with the Executive Director of the museum. I had so much fun I forgot to take pictures of many of the exhibits, but see below for just a small taste!

The indoor carousel – this is located inside a giant room, which can also be rented out for meetings or events!

Imagination station – I can just imagine the hectic playground this area probably looks like during open hours!

Kid-sized transportation – A fake city bus and bus stop. I forget sometimes how fun the everyday mundane things can be for kids. I neglected to get a picture but apparently one of the busiest stations is always the fake grocery store, complete with child-sized carts, “produce” section, a deli, bakery, and all the aisles you might find in your supermarket, and a kid-friendly checkout station.

Located inside the historic Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, which was constructed as the art gallery for the U.S.’s Centennial Celebration’s art gallery back in 1876, the Please Touch Museum is definite must-see, whether you are a kid or just a kid-at-heart!

~attrace

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Last week, my class went on a field trip to the California Academy of Sciences. It was so much fun, but so, so tiring. I think field trips are just really stressful because I’m constantly counting to make sure I haven’t lost anyone. This is particularly difficult in the aquarium section because it’s so dark in there! But, the most important thing is that the students had so much fun. It’s too bad we don’t get more time there though, especially considering we also have to eat lunch during the time we’re there. Take a look at these fun pictures!

An educational science-ing photo adventure: