A friend to greet us!
Inside the rain forest.
You have to look hard sometimes...but they're there!
Matthew trying so hard to be still for a butterfly to land on him.
And if only we could just touch it...just for a second.
Sometimes Nana's have all the luck.
What I loved about the rain forest is the the creatures inside flying around could care less we were there and seemed completely unfazed by people like me who were invading their space.
This was the closest he got. Look close, it was there for a split second.
Red eyed tree frog sleeping.
Electric Eel thumb pads...when you press them,they give you a jolt of what it would feel like to touch this type of eel.
And this anaconda trick...you stick your arm in the hole and for eleven seconds it gives the feeling of an anaconda squeezing its prey.
Starfish are always cool.....always!
Ryan with his sleeves rolled up and ready for business.
As cool as these are, nothing compares to the jellyfish room at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
This I am going to let speak for itself.
I hate eels. I mean I HATE THEM! The last time we were in Hawaii, I was out snorkeling in the ocean...way farther out than I realized I was...and I happened to see an eel swim out of a patch of rocks and head into this massive piece of corral. I started screaming at the top of my lungs and my mom said they could hear the screams coming out of the top of the snorkel on shore. Yep, I just don't care for them. However, we spent a huge amount of time at this window because the boys were fascinated.
A little taste of what is to come...
I was lucky to take this picture because the sign that was posted outside said, "Children Eel Viewing". And Ryan took GREAT OFFENSE to me coming into this tiny "kids only" space to take this picture.
Up on the rooftop...
The best part of the day, for me and Matthew, was the show inside the Planetarium. It was amazing and lined up PERFECTLY with my fifth grade curriculum. Matthew loved it because it talked about planets, volcanoes, weather...all things he can't get enough of. At one point as we were laying back in our seats watching the movie I could hear him say, "This is so cool." Enough said.
And of course, we can't go home empty handed. Snakes for everyone!
Thank you Nana for a great day!!!