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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • A visit to the land of stories

  •   For the past several weeks I have been looking for the opportunity to take my baby girl Martha to the Children’s Museum exhibit on display at the Redwood Falls Public Library. That opportunity came this past Tuesday afternoon. While mommy was otherwis...
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  •   For the past several weeks I have been looking for the opportunity to take my baby girl Martha to the Children’s Museum exhibit on display at the Redwood Falls Public Library. That opportunity came this past Tuesday afternoon. While mommy was otherwise occupied, Martha and her daddy went from one story to the next in “Storyland,” and both of us loved every minute of it. Well, I take that back. Things actually did not start off that well… Among the part of the display I?enjoyed most during my first visit involves walking across a “snow-covered” floor. As you walk, a “crunching” noise is heard to give one the impression they are walking over snow. I think it is pretty unique. Let’s just say Martha was not quite ready for it. So, to ease her into the fun of the exhibit, we started with something a little less startling and much softer. There we built a family of snowpeople complete with scarves, hats, and Martha is convinced each had a belly button. After our brief time in the creation station was over, we moved on to learn about “Spot,” and there Martha found a place where she could see herself. “I?see Marsha,” she said with a smile only to be distracted a second later by a piano. She enjoyed making music clapping her hands and singing a song about her sister Anna. Then things got even more interesting as she found the home of “Peter Rabbit.” We tried on jackets, capes, aprons and even put a giant stuffed rabbit to bed. To gain the full experience of rabbit home life, one could even add rabbit ears. As more than just an observer, I was told I must wear rabbit ears, too. I?was handed a set of pink ears and obliged. Soon after assuming the role, Martha began hopping about saying “rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.” I think she may be a bit confused between the fluffy animals with the ears and a small scaly green amphibian.  Anyway, the fun continued as we planted a garden, drew pictures and then found a place where one could roll a wheel and change words in a sentence. “It’s toilet paper,” said a very confident two-year-old. After tracing a picture of a puppy, Martha said she was ready to go home. I?was a bit surprised she was ready to go so soon, but found out she was not talking about leaving. She was headed back to Peter Rabbit’s house where she cooked a meal of red pickles. She even invited “Spot” to come along and dressed him in a fine looking pair of rabbit ears. After a fine meal, our friends were put to bed, and each was given a storybook to read as they went to sleep. This daddy could see the eyes brighten with each new experience, and even though we eventually had to leave we know before the exhibit leaves we plan to make a return trip to the wonderful land of stories.
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