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Gwacheon National Science Museum – Take 2

We enjoyed our first visit to the Gwacheon National Science Museum, but we were not able to see any of the outside exhibits due to weather. So we made another visit. It was a beautiful day. Though we seemed to have picked school field trip day because there were tons of school groups visiting from little ones smaller than Weston to older students. We enjoyed wandering through the physics playground first.

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Other outside exhibits included dinosaur figures, petrified wood and basalt rock displays, a train display, a rocket display that went with a Space World exhibit that Weston was too small to visit. There was also an insectarium and an ecological garden that we enjoyed. We had lunch at the museum and ended up with what we think was a BBQ burger of some sort. The menu changed from the last time we were there and now features some sort of blue bun burger according to the pictures that we couldn’t figure out exactly what it was.

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We also revisited some favorite displays from our last visit – the water play and climbing exhibits in the Kid’s Hall, the digital car spray painting, the xbox games, and the Mars rover display.

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We had a great day despite the crowds. I’m so glad we went back to enjoy the outdoor exhibits.

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Flag Twirling

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Strawberry Boy

DSC_1721Weston has been working on his cutting skills over the last couple weeks. I often set him up at the table to cut (and eat) strawberries while I cook breakfast.

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Sawatdee Thai

We tried out a new restaurant for dinner yesterday – Sawatdee Thai. We ordered chicken skewers, spring rolls, shrimp fried rice and gai wan. And took some selfies while waiting for our food. Andrew and I enjoyed our meal. Weston wasn’t super impressed, but he certainly devoured some of my shrimp and nibbled a spring roll and chicken skewer. The boy just loves shrimp! The restaurant had an interesting perspective on the second floor of a building overlooking the main gate to the base. It’s funny how a bit of height can make a place look so much different than when you are walking through the middle of it.

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Posted by on April 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

4/9 Market

The locals have what is called the “4/9 Market” because it only occurs on dates with a 4 or 9. It’s a street market with mostly food, but also clothing items and other household goods. We’d yet to make it to the market, but yesterday just happened to be the 14th and Andrew had the day off so we wandered over to check it out. It’s about 1.5 miles from our apartment and you cross under the train tracks via a pedestrian tunnel. Weston loved the echo of the tunnel and mostly sang his way through it. We didn’t purchase anything at the market but enjoyed some time wandering through and admiring the food selection. We stopped off at the train park we’ve visited previously before trying out a new restaurant for dinner.

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Posted by on April 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Birds

imageLast week Weston asked if we could learn about birds. So we did.  We read lots of books about all different kinds of birds and discovered a new favorite story – Pale Male Citizen Hawk of New York City. The book tells about a red tailed hawk that appeared in Central Park in the 90s and decided to stay. He was the first hawk to nest in the park since its opening in 1858. His nest on a ledge of an exclusive Fifth Avenue apartment building was a source of contention for the building’s residents and the nest was removed on two separate occasions.  Pale Male rebuilt his nest after its removal both times and successfully raise many sets of babies.

We also enjoyed watching 2 different National Geographic eagle documentaries. We made bird wings and a mask for Weston and he constructed a pillow nest to recreate some of the documentaries we saw. He drew his own large bird diagram (with a bit of help on the feet.) We used his binoculars to bird watch around our apartment complex and on a walk to base. We counted the bird nests we found in trees. We learned about different shapes of bird beaks and Weston picked out his favorite birds from the pile. We also tried out some addition clip cards for the first time. Weston regularly does basic addition in his head. He’ll randomly tell me, “Mama, did you know that 4 plus 1 is 5?” “And 3 plus 1 is 4.” We used some little bird pictures as counters and I pointed out the plus and equal sign as I read them. He caught on quickly and breezed through about 10 cards before deciding he’d had enough. Then he proceeded to order the clip cards sequentially by their answer.

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Some other fun non bird themed activities. Weston is learning how to play Yahtzee. I made a large Yahtzee score card and put it in sheet protector to make it dry erasable. Counting practice and handwriting practice in a fun game. Last Saturday we attended a friend’s 4th birthday party and the theme was princess and knights. Weston had a great time and came home with a mask and balloon sword. He’s also been working on a new puzzle. He’d out grown his previous ones and needed an increase in pieces. This ocean themed one is neat because once put together, it becomes a search and find scene with the different shaped animals listed on the bottom.

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Posted by on April 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Lotte Mall in Suwon

We took the train over to Suwon this afternoon as something different to do and attempted to find a new mall. It is located just behind the train station but you have to leave by the correct exit to find it and it took us some roaming around the train to accomplish it. We walked the mall a bit and ate at Banes Tacos and had some gelatto. Like most malls it Korea, it was big with a good variety of shops including a Toys R Us. Andrew wanted to check out the cinema on the top floor so we rode the escalators all the way up. We happened across a playground at the rooftop Sky Garden and had some fun playing before heading home. I’m glad Andrew had the train app on his phone because we noticed it said express train once we were on and moving. The express train doesn’t stop at our Songtan station. So we hopped off one stop before and waited for the next train to Songtan and walked home.

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Posted by on April 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

 
 
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