Saturday, April 25, 2015

Animal Jam!

This morning, Scott, the kids and I headed to the Pacific Science Center for Animal Jam! I had been invited earlier in the week to check out this new game but honestly I hadn't paid much attention to what I had actually been invited to other than a free morning at the Pacific Science Center. After learning more about the Animal Jam's game, I'm super stoked to share it with Molly (Maggie can learn about it when she's a bit older). 

Briefly, Animal Jam is an online playground for kids who love animals and the outdoors. Players create animal characters and dens to feed their curiosity about animals and the natural world around them. This game was created in partnership with National Geographic and features a classic playground role playing game infused with life sciences. Players can learn about Animal Conservation and talk to real life scientists; like herpetologist, Dr. Brady Barr and marine biologist, Dr. Tierney Thys. 

Molly LOVES animals and often plays zoo in our playroom. She likes to line up her stuffed animals and take care of them by feeding them, providing medical care and most importantly, cuddles. All animals need cuddles according to Molly. She is currently very interested in tigers and dinosaurs, even though the later are very much extinct. Creating unique animals, learning about their environments and decorating their dens is going to be right up Molly's alley. 

We had a great time at the Pacific Science Center this morning. After a hearty breakfast and presentation, we roamed the center for a few hours. We saw butterflies, dinosaurs, a live snake show, played in the tots area and learned about germs. Molly is really into germs lately too. 


I particularly loved the butterfly exhibit. They had butterflies coming out of their cocoons which is exactly what Molly has been studying in co-op this week. We spent a long time watching the butterflies struggle out of their homes, wings all wet and then slowly spreading their wings. The butterfly area had some gigantic butterflies too. They were beautiful! 


Thank you to Animal Jam, National Geographic and the Pacific Science Center for providing my kids with a fun morning to explore, learn about science and this fascinating new game. 

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