Monday, November 7, 2011

Flying objects and discoveries

How many youtube videos of helicopters can one 22 month old child watch? It turns out the answer is countless. We were stuck inside this morning, so in order to keep Kien amused we played helicopter clips through the Apple TV; big ones, small ones, heavy lifting ones, fighting ones, Westpac Rescue ones in action. You'd think after an hour of watching 5-10 minute clips he would move on and do something else. But no, "more hey-ta-ta?" was the most frequently asked request of the day.

Mechanics Bay

After his nap we braved the wind and headed off to the heliport at Mechanics Bay.

We went down the walkway and hoped we would see a take off or landing.

We sat for a while, watching, emergencies requiring the Westpac Rescue helicopter to take off (is it bad to say unfortunately?).

We flew the other one around while we waited.

By this stage the wind had picked up, and the rain that we could see in the distance had now arrived.

We ran to the car and got a little wet. All I can say is that I was glad I wasn't doing a half marathon.

Auckland War Memorial Museum

The Stevenson Discovery Centre is an amazing place, and is fantastic for days when the weather is not conducive to being outdoors.

Kien had a good time exploring all the nooks and crannies this place has to offer.

This place really is amazing. We have been here a few times before, and as Kien gets older I can see the notable level of interest rising. In a place like this there is so much to explore and discover.

But at times he just wanted to mess around on the squabs.

We then made our way up the stairs to next level of the museum to look at the WWII planes. These flying beauties are pretty special, and the people who flew them were pretty special too. I remember seeing a documentary where some Battle of Britain veterans recounted stories of comrades landing aircraft as their last act before dying. Stories like that make me want to join the army all over again.

We finished off our afternoon outing by driving to the summit of Mt Eden. The view across the harbour, as always, was spectacular.


LatteJunkie said...

What a great day out. It's wonderful to have places to head to when the weather doesn't play along.

Lien - all new adventures said...

I'm always on the lookout for places to explore so am very thankful and lucky to have the museum so close to home. I haven't done an indoor playground like Chipmunks or Lollipops - I'm a little apprehensive about them.


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