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The Sherlock Holmes Exhibit at the DMNS

Sherlock Holmes is one of my all-time favorite characters. When I was younger, I enjoyed reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s books. Now, I love the BBC version of Sherlock, and Elementary on CBS. (Not to mention the movie versions with Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law.)

When I heard that my favorite place in Denver was hosting The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, I jumped at the chance to go!

Much Will Be Revealed DMNS

(I was given free tickets to this event in exchange for an honest review.)

SPOILER ALERT: I LOVED IT.
DOUBLE SPOILER ALERT: I THOUGHT I WOULD, BEFORE I EVEN WENT.
TRIPLE SPOILER ALERT: I REALLY DID LOVE IT. I’M NOT JUST SAYING THAT TO BE RIGHT.

When I got to the DMNS (Denver Museum of Nature and Science), as I was waiting for a friend to join me, I got eaten by a dinosaur. #TrueStory
The End.
Shortest Review Ever!

Just kidding… Kinda!

Just kidding… Kinda!

This "dinosaur" was on the prowl!

See? This “dinosaur” was on the prowl…and he was hungry!

So, what did I think of the Sherlock Exhibit? Like I said above, I loved it. We were able to wander through the exhibit at our leisure and solve a mystery while doing so. How awesome is that?? We were there for TWO HOURS…and did it seem like it? No. No, it did not! It was amazing.

Sherlock Signs DMNS

With the cost of admission, you are given a booklet, which is a detective’s notepad of sorts. Each station has things to learn and a place to stamp in the book before you move on. In doing so, you’re given a secret code from Sherlock himself! The way it is revealed made me gasp out loud; it was SO CLEVER. (I won’t spoil it.)

Then, you head to 221B Baker Street to see Sherlock’s Victorian Era digs. Museum workers in period costume and British accents are rubbing elbows with the crowd. Other museum volunteers are at each station offering clues and answering questions.

You’re shown a murder scene. #allegedly

You gather your own clues and conduct your own experiments to see if your theories are correct.

Which of the experiments was my favorite? The chemical analysis of something potentially poisonous? Dragging a body? Blood splatter?

It’s so hard to tell!

p.s. It’s also hard to adequately photograph blood spurting from a machine. (The windshield wipers were a comical touch. Maybe that wasn’t supposed to be funny? Move along...)

p.s. It’s also hard to adequately photograph blood spurting from a machine. (The windshield wipers were a comical touch.)

At the end, you make your guesses to some key components and then see if you’re right.

Will the correct secret message appear when we slip our detective's notepad into the slot?

Will the correct secret message appear when we slip our detective’s notepad into the slot? My friend, Melissa, does the honors…

We were right! We got to move on to the next set of clues, and then even more answers were revealed to us.

This is a fantastic exhibit. There is so much I’d love to show you via pictures, but I don’t want to spoil your fun!

If you don’t have a Membership to the DMNS, I highly recommend getting one. The cost of the membership pays for itself so quickly, and when exhibits like this come through town, members get discounted pricing. It’s so worth it!

Would I recommend this exhibit for everyone?

If you’ve got small kids in tow, this may not be the one for you. My friend and I spent 2 hours examining everything, and it was so nice to do so without little ones underfoot. I do think my almost-10-year old would TOTALLY DIG this, but use your own judgement.

And to quote Sherlock himself, “Come at once if convenient. If inconvenient, come all the same.” Seriously. Get out to see it! It’s well worth the price of admission.

I added my own message to the back of my detective's note pad.

I have revealed a different message on the back of my detective’s note pad. Click to enlarge…and then GO!

Doing a LEGO Mini-Build

Our local LEGO store offers a monthly LEGO Mini-Build for FREE. We were able to check it out this month, and we are HOOKED! You sign up for a specific time-slot, and a Master Builder works with each group of kids, guiding them through the process. The kids get to keep the set they build, including instructions, and these sets are not for sale!

In the promotional materials, we’re led to believe this is “mini”…it’s anything but!

Shark!

Decidedly NOT a mini Shark!

Claire and her friend had a GREAT time!

Claire and her friend had a GREAT time!

The trick to these is signing up as soon as they open Registration, about a month in advance. It’s well worth the time to do so!

Anderson Farms – Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Anderson Farms Fall Festival:
Children 3 & Under: FREE
Monday – Thursday: $10
Friday – Sunday: $13
*We received three tickets in exchange for a review.

3 of us at the Corn Maze 2015 TCP

We had a fantastic time at Anderson Farms yesterday! We opted to head out on Sunday, as that day looked like it would give us the best weather that weekend. As an added bonus, a certain Sportsball team was also playing on Sunday, so we knew the crowds would be minimal. (We were right!)

It ended up being the PERFECT day to go!

The weather was finally acting like fall, as we donned our long pants and boots. The chill in the air was just perfect to put us in the mood for exploring a corn maze and hunting for pumpkins! (September was absolutely GLORIOUS this year in Colorado, but it has not been very fall-like at all!)

We’ve been to Anderson Farms in the past, so I knew we’d have a great time. Pre-kid, we’d played there with other 20-somethings. Post-kid, we’d had a great time as a family. It’s a great place for people on all ends of the spectrum to have fun!

Here is a taste of what we experienced:

Ready to go? Maps? Check! ID Bracelets? Check! Ready to go!

Maps? Check! ID Bracelets? Check! Ready to go? Check!

We rocked it old-school. This WAS our GPS.

We rocked it old-school. This WAS our GPS.

We're lost! Just kidding. Momma's from Iowa. It's impossible to get truly lost in a cornfield.

We’re lost! Just kidding. Momma’s from Iowa. It’s impossible to get truly lost in a cornfield.

Maybe we go this way?

Maybe we go this way?

Maybe we go that way?

Maybe we go that way?

Let's go the other way!

Let’s go the other way!

After we had our fill of the corn maze, we hopped on a hayride and rode out to the pumpkin patch!

After we had our fill of the corn maze, we hopped on a hayride and rode out to the pumpkin patch!

We found these three gems in various parts of the field and gathered them together to make our final decision.

We found these three gems in various parts of the field and gathered them together to make our final decision.

Claire wanted the Ghost Pumpkin. Daddy wanted the Frankenstein Pumpkin, and I loved the little nibbly one. (The green one is deceptive HEAVY.)

Claire wanted the Ghost Pumpkin. Daddy wanted the Frankenstein Pumpkin, and I loved the little nibbly one. (The green one is deceptively HEAVY.)

Claire kept them safe for the ride back

Claire kept them safe for the ride back

Child Labor Laws are lax here, too! (This is our kind of place!)

Child Labor Laws are lax here, too! (This is our kind of place!)

Here's how they do the pricing. Not too shabby! (We had two larges and a small.)

Here’s how they do the pricing. Not too shabby! (We had two larges and a small.)

 

So, what are you waiting for, Colorado? I think fall may actually be here for a bit (before it changes its mind again). Go! Anderson Farms is a great way to get a taste of the fun parts of fall. Enjoy!

Anderson Farms Coupon

andersonmaze4x6The corn maze at Anderson Farms is one of our favorite activities to do when the days shorten and we slip closer to fall. This year, we’ve been invited to check it out in exchange for a review, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, here are some discount tickets if you’d like to check it out for yourself!

Meow

She just wants to be a cat

This is Claire’s outfit today. (I ♥ almost-10-yr-olds!)

The School Dress Code doesn’t cite “cat ears” specifically, but there is a “too distracting” loophole.

We’ll see if this passes inspection.
She’s such a rebel.

‪#‎meow‬

Edited to add an update! She had them on at Pick-Up! She got to wear them all day. “It’s just a headband, Mom. I don’t know why you were concerned…” she said with a wink. 😉

The Power of Poison – DMNS

Friday, Dad played hooky, and we all ran off to our favorite place: The Denver Museum of Nature & Science! We checked out the new Power of Poison exhibit. It’s fantastic!

Here are some of the pictures I took. Click to enlarge.

Here are some of the pictures I took. Click to enlarge.

Yes, those are real, live poison dart frogs!

My favorite part? The look on the elderly gentleman’s face when he scanned my ID card at the entrance, and I asked him if they were handing out free samples.

They weren’t.

Sadly.

Uh, I mean…allegedly.

🙂

Brick Fest Live will be in Denver!!

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Brick Fest Live is coming the Denver August 28-30 at the Denver Merchandise Mart.
Get inspired, educated, and entertained with LEGO bricks! Play with huge attractions built to set your imagination free and witness mind-blowing creations made entirely of this timeless toy at Brick Fest Live.

Brick Fest Live is coming Aug 28-30 to the Denver Merchandise Mart.
Save $2 with code: DENFAMGUIDE Click here for the coupon! #brickfestlive @usfg

**Oh, YES, we’re getting to check this out in exchange for sharing the word. Do anything for LEGO? Probably… I mean, allegedly. 🙂

The Fort

We’ve upgraded things at The Hotel Rasmussen, and we had fancy-schmancy electronic theatre seating recliners delivered for the Entertainment Room.

With big-ticket items come big boxes.

“I’m going to make Claire a little fort!” my husband declared. “I’ll just use one of the boxes. It will be simple.”

Nothing that man does is simple, so when he got out TWO of the boxes, the hot glue gun, and an exacto knife I wasn’t truly surprised. (The tarp was an addition, because apparently it rains now in Colorado. Who knew?)

Click photos to enlarge.

Fort original location

Claire had a friend over for an all-day playdate, so they were able to play in the fort.

They also took a break, because that can be exhausting.

They also took a break, because playing can be exhausting.

Then, when they discovered raiders on the horizon, they leapt to action.

PROTECT THE FORT!

PROTECT THE FORT!

…so they did with super-soakers. (I then had them water my plants. I’m a practical multi-tasker, if anything.)

I’ll admit, it’s a great fort, but I got tired of it on the deck. So, last night, my two enginerds scoped out new locations.

They found one in the back 40.

They opted to use the natural resources of the area to secure the fort.

They opted to use the natural resources of the area to secure the fort.

The child labor laws have always been lax around these parts.

The child labor laws have always been lax around these parts.

This particular post was installed inside the fort, through the floor, to keep it in place. Worked like a charm!

super cool new fort

It got too dark to take more photos, so I ventured out today to snap some more.

Fort 1

Fort 2

I love it.
I love Claire’s simple, little, tiny fort.

Woodsy Feel of the Fort

It has a woodsy feel.

 

So, to the rest of the visitors headed to The Hotel Rasmussen this summer? Your Guest House is ready. 😉

Concert & a Field Trip

The last week and a half of school is always jam-packed with fun things! Last night, Claire had her Spring Choral Concert.

Spring Choral Concert 2015

Today, I was able to go with her on a Field Trip to Buffalo Bill’s Grave. This year, the parents were allowed to ride the school bus, too!

Peeking back on the bus Closeup

Click the above photos for more detail.

I said, “Hey, Claire!” and then snapped this shot. I’ve blurred out the anonymous in the crowd.

Tomorrow will be even more parties and events, with more of the same next week. The end is in sight!

LEGO Americana Roadshow 2015

The three of us were invited to a VIP Sneak Peek of the LEGO Americana Roadshow in Park Meadows Mall on Friday, April 10th. It was a hike for us “Northerners,” but we picked Claire up from school and headed there straightaway. Traffic was what we expected, and it took us about an hour to get there. We’d timed it perfectly! We love this part of town, but we don’t get much of an excuse to head down there. We decided to make a night of it.

(We may or may not have had a Birthday Boy with us… and as luck would have it, one of our favorite restaurants is located down in that vicinity…) 😉

As with these events, there is swag. This time, the adults got bags, too! Claire made out like a bandit in her swag bag with a LEGO set and all kinds of goodies. We had fun stuff as well, including a free t-shirt from a local shop called Peek…

…for Claire. (So, things may have tipped in her favor.)

The store was cute but pricey. After we got home, I pulled up the store online and I nearly had a heart attack when I saw how much her “free” t-shirt cost. As a friend said, we won’t be wearing that one on Spaghetti Night! It is also true that I’ve lost all sense of what clothing for kids should cost. Regardless of that, the store has super-cute and inspirational things.

But we were there to see the LEGO buildings!

They were amazing. I love seeing how intricate these designs are, and the sheer magnitude of the structures and their complexity is awe-inspiring.

Liberty Bell (this one was life size!)

Liberty Bell (this one was life size!)

The Capitol

The Capitol

Washington Monument

Washington Monument

Waving Flags at the base of the Washington Monument

Waving Flags at the base of the Washington Monument

Can you find Lincoln? He's in there!

Can you find Lincoln? He’s in there!

And just like in real life, this one was a bit smaller than we anticipated. ...but still cool.

And just like in real life, this one was a bit smaller than we anticipated. …but still cool.

So, if you like LEGO structures and have a chance to head down to Park Meadows, you should check this out! It was really cool.

...and while you're there, you can enter to win via Instagram. Or not. We'd like to keep our chances of winning in our favor.

…and while you’re there, you can enter to win some LEGO moolah via Instagram. Or not. We’d like to keep our chances of winning in our favor, thankyouverymuch.