Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Petersen Auto Museum


Yesterday we made a trek into downtown Los Angeles to go to the Petersen Automotive Museum. We had actually planned on going to the La Brea Tar Pits for the day, but when we showed up to the Tar Pits museum, there were a gazillion yellow school busses parked outside. We looked through the gates and saw a giant herd of rabid middle schoolers running around the outside of the museum, and we knew that going there was a very bad idea. So, quick change of plans, we ended up at the Auto Museum...somewhere Mr. Mustard has wanted to go forever, but we've never made the trip before today.

They had lots of exhibits of cars from the late 1800s, early 1900s, extremely rare cars, super modern cars, alternative fuel cars, and everything in between.


While we were there, Mr. Mustard taught Paprika a bit about thermodynamics, aerodynamics, and lots of other pre-school subjects. By the end of the day, Paprika was explaining to other museum patrons about how the wings on the back of racecars keep the cars down, as opposed to making them fly. As she said, "because cars are supposed to stay on the ground, and airplanes are supposed to fly."


The museum is pretty huge, and Paprika loved it all. She especially loved the Hot Wheels room, which has all the diecasts of the tiny toy cars. I liked seeing the Batmobile and cars from other famous movies. There is a whole wing associated to movie cars- it is LA, afterall!


On the way home, we stopped at the indoor playground and let Paprika have fun in the bouncy castle and play with the toys and kids there. She had a great time! We are exhausted, but we all had a great day!

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