Monday, May 14, 2012

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Talking his way through the Jurassic period, Alex shared his paleontologist know-how at the National History Museum of Los Angeles. As his sister "roared" with at each dino, Alex explained the distinctions between triceratops, stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

National Train Day

National Train Day celebrates the anniversary of the nation's transcontinental railway -- 143 years!

"On May 10, 1869, in Promontory Summit, Utah, the 'golden spike' was driven into the final tie that joined 1,776 miles of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railways, forever transforming the face and character of America. National Train Day is an annual celebration of train travel and the ways trains touch the lives of people across America. Train stations and other venues across the country host activities and exhibits that highlight the past, present and future of trains and travel."

In cities across America, children drag their parents to long lines at train stations to celebrate trains. At Union Station in Los Angeles, Alex and Serene toured trains, played on interactive exhibits, gawked at model train displays.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Wings of Freedom

The Wings of Freedom Tour brings B-17 and B-24 World War II bomber aircraft to small airports around the country. Spectators can climb aboard and tour the aircraft from cockpit to tail. The devoted can even pay for a flight in a jumpseat. Alex and Serene crawled repeatedly through the bombers and tried the gunners.