On Tuesday, we went to the natural history museum. There were more people in the line up than we expected. Duncan decided to leave the line to go back to an icecream shop while we waited. He finally came back, disappointed. It seemed they neglected him, assuming he was with some other parent, and they never asked him what he wanted. He eventually came back and found us in the line, after butting in front of tons of people to catch up with us.
Once we got inside, we took a look at a bunch of dinosaur bone castings. There were some pretty big reptiles! Some of them were from Alberta, which was pretty funny. We also checked out the Mammals exhibit. There were some massive whales, plus rhinos, hippos, bison etc. We saw this one small deer that had little fangs coming out of the side of its face, like some vampire deer.
We also checked out the action in the Theatre. There was an event called "The Great Rock Recycling Machine." It was on rocks and the birth (and rebirth) of the earth. The funny part is that it was all the things I studied in grade 7 science (except in english instead of french). It was all about rocks and volcanos and eruptions and subduction zones and stuff like that. It was pretty entertaining. For example, they had these big styrofoam cut-outs of the different plates: Pacific Plate, Northamerican Plate, Eurasian Plate and so on. They passed the ‘plates’ out into the audience. We were supposed to be the magma, with the plates floating above us (moving around on the magma). We were supposed to hold them over our heads in the audience. Then we were supposed to pass them around the auditorium like you would pass someone over your head at a concert, so that all the plates were in the right spot, while they filmed with a cameral and projected it up front so we could see. We were not quite successful (like the pacific plate was where the north pole should be), but it was pretty funny. They also forgot to give us the Juan de Fuca Plate, which sucks because that is the one we live on in Victoria, but still, it was pretty cool.
They also set off an eruption in a big volcano they had made, using vinegar and baking soda. It was like the summer where Naomi did that for her birthday, but with a volcano that was a couple of feet tall. They said it was a gentle eruption, and showed us a film of them demonstrating a more violent eruption earlier in the day, using coke and 'a secret ingredient' (Mentos, of course!). They had to do it outside because of the mess. It was pretty impressive.