“Hold still! I’m going to measure you,” said the annoying mechanical voice. I was in the Louisiana Children’s Museum in New Orleans. I was fidgeting. “Do you have ants in your pants?” said the voice. I just simply walked away because there was better stuff to do.
I went to a room with a big rectangular tub. It had four spots that water was coming out. Each spot had a ramp that the water came out on. Each ramp could be blocked. At the end of the rectangular tub were lots of plastic rectangular pieces. You could block or change the direction of the water. I decided to do a big-ish project. I made a zig-zag path for the water to go through. After that I made another track that made the water go backwards.
The museum was a pretty good children’s museum. They had an air hockey table with a bell in the middle instead of goals. How you were supposed to “learn” was you were supposed to ricochet the puck into the bell. Most kids didn’t learn that, but dad insisted we learn. Altogether it was really fun.
After the museum, we went to a slightly inappropriate Mardi Gras parade. At the parade they threw out lots of junky toys and other stuff. They also threw out some candy. There were lots of fun floats and great costumes. My favorite float had lots of fake bugs on it with something that said “The SWAT Team.” There were lots of people walking behind the float dressed as bugs. A few of them gave out fake cockroaches.
I also liked the people on the balcony above us who every once in a while got tossed a necklace.
There were also bands between the floats. You could easily tell the difference between the bands who worked really hard and the ones that just wanted to play in a Mardi Gras parade.
I really think New Orleans is a great city and this is just one of the fun days we spent in it.
Note from mom: Krewe du Vieux is noted for wild satire, adult themes, and political comedy, as well as for showcasing some of the best brass and jazz bands in New Orleans. I’ll be writing about how we have taken away our children’s innocence in a later post 🙂