July 5, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

A pretty much perfect day yesterday. We spent the morning in blissful weather at the Morris Arboretum, which is a totally captivating and magical place. They just built a new exhibit for kids called the "Tree Adventure," which is so enormous that we only made it through the first part (and which I would never have found out about without this fantastic blog of things to do around Philly).

The bridge to the suspended walkways where we learned about trees and what they do:

Looking through the binoculars at the tree canopy:

The outside and the inside of the human-sized bird's nest:

Checking out how squirrels feel running along the branches of trees on the suspended net:

After being in the treetops, we wandered a little bit around the arboretum itself, until Lara discovered this beautiful symmetrical garden:

I love that she is now a posing master, and when I asked her to walk forward and turn around to the camera she instantly did her best photo-ready turn:

Afterwards, we found a meadow with several curved metal sculptures, behind which a bluegrass band was just about to start playing.

We sat for a while and listened. So peaceful and happy.

The afternoon was all about an amazing pool party at a friend's house.

Misha won the parent award by getting Lara to actually go in the pool and swim around! She needed no such convincing to go in the moon bounce (oh yeah, it was that kind of party, people) or devour three cupcakes.


mwg said...

what a great day! thank you for sharing!

Lori said...

Hey! That's my old neighborhood! Hmmm, I don't remember the bird's nest. Do they still have the trains set up year-round?

Lori said...

Oh, I see: "new exhibit." Oops. But have you been to The Highlands yet? It's in that same area (Blue Bell), and is just lovely.