Hey Sid, What do you say! What do you want to learn today? I want to know what things happen and how, and I wanna know everything now. How does this thing work? Why does that stuff change? How’d it do what it just did. What’s up with the sky do you think i can fly The world is big and I wanna know why Got a lot of questions and big ideas, I’m Sid the Science Kid.
Those words begin one of NHL’s favorite shows: Sid the Science Kid. Sid constantly tries to figure out the big questions in life like: Why does a banana turn mushy? Or why does it need to rain when you have an outdoors activity planned? Those might not seem like big questions to adults, but to kids questions like these are huge. And for good reason too. Children are just figuring out how the world works and questions like these are key.
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On Saturday, we had the pleasure of seeing Walking With Dinosaurs: The Live Experience. For those of you who don’t know what this is, you travel back in time and see some real, live dinosaurs. Ok, they’re people in costumes and animatronics controlled by people, but the production values are so good, you’d swear the dinosaurs are real. The scale is fully kept too, so when the Brachiosaur stomps onto the stage, it is nearly 33 feet (10 meters) tall. And when the mother T-Rex comes charging in, she is over 26 feet (8 meters) of flesh tearing, loud roaring dinosaur. (Reminder: Do *NOT* mess with this momma’s kid. The kid may seem small and weak but the mother can eat 144 pounds in a single bite. The average adult wouldn’t be more than a mozzarella stick is to us.) The whole production mixes science and entertainment perfectly.
NHL, of course, loved it. His favorite dinosaur kept shifting depending on which dino was on stage last. We took JSL along, hoping he wouldn’t be scared by the loud noises. Towards the end, he was a little jittery, but not completely freaked out. A little reassurance that daddy was there and he was fine. We figured the long-term affects of the show would be more evident with NHL than with JSL. (We signed him up for an archeology summer program at the local community college.) However, tonight JSL showed that he too liked the dinosaur show. At least, he liked the roaring and charging parts of it. Don’t just take my word for it, though, see for yourself.
My little JSL-a-saurus!