claudia’s pre-birthday mythic creatures anti-party

This is (will be!) Claudia’s third homeschooling birthday, on the 28th. But the opening for the “Mythic Creatures” exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences was this weekend — and so she took some friends.

We took the subway up.

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Prior to going into Mythic Creatures, we attended the live animal auditorium show, where Claude was incredibly excited to see a live owl. She and Max ended up onstage with a big python shed, and she and Béla got to pet a pine snake.

While the Mythic Creatures exhibit had boasted a “Kraken dissection”, it was not this…

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It was this. Fine.

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Also fine.

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There was a lot of… stuff to look at.

Some of it, apparently, perplexing.

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It was a good day. Since Claude’s actual birthday falls on a day she has jiujitsu, she is planning to make cupcakes that look like her coach and take them there — but we will see. she is not all that kitchen-inclined. She had a good time yesterday, they all did. And most of them made unicorn poop glitter soap.

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Is it 1983? What is it with the unicorns?

We had a good time. I think perhaps they learned the little tail-end of something (no pun intended) about looking at animals and looking for the unique features they have that help them survive. But then, you know, unicorn poop. It was a birthday thing after all.