Tuesday, January 25, 2011

It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time!

Little One absolutely loves dinosaurs. She loves Dinosaur Train and Harry and his Bucket Full of Dinosaurs. If you ask her what sound a dinosaur makes, she'll let out a big "RAWWWWWRRRRR!"

She loves dinosaurs!

At least I thought she did!

Since we were in Ottawa and since we were only a few blocks from the Museum of Nature, I thought it would be a fantastic idea to take Little One on an outing that was fun and educational. Yes, I realize she is only 2 years old. Still, I thought it would be a fabulous idea! What fun!

She HATED the dinosaur exhibit. Hated it! She started crying and screaming, "Out! Out! OUT!!!!" The poor thing was traumatized!

Me: It's okay, honey! They're not real.
Little One: No, no, no, no, nooooo! (crying)
Me: But you LOVE dinosaurs! Dinosaur Train! Harry and his Bucket Full of Dinosaurs...
LO: Nooooo. (whimpering)
Me: Okay, okay...
LO: Out! Out! Out! Out! OUTTTTT! Wahhhhhhhhh!

What I don't get is that she LOVED the bison, caribou, moose, grizzly bears, pronghorns, and other large mammal displays. She didn't want to leave the museum! *sigh*

Photo from here.


J at www.jellyjules.com said...

Oh, poor thing! I wonder if she was scared because they were SO much bigger than her toys, and she never realized...I mean, she's used to cows and so on, so she knows some animals are big.

Maya had a similar incident when Ted took her to the bookstore to meet Corduroy from the Corduroy books. I think she expected that he would be little like in the book. When he came out and was an adult in a costume, she FLIPPED. Poor thing. They had to get out of there and go home.

Has Little One seen 'Walking with Dinosaurs'? Maya LOVED that show, learned SO much about them, correct names, etc. Which she unlearned from the stupid 'Land Before Time' videos. It was OK, though. She didn't really unlearn them. I just thought she had. Check the DVD from the library and see if she likes it. :-)

Kimberly said...

Awww maybe she's too little yet? Those very large displays rocks even the adults and I can't imagine how a wee one would respond to giant snarly teeth!
I'm glad that she was able to enjoy the rest of the displays. We are planning to go there (my uncle lives in Ottawa) after we spend a week in Algonquin. Hey, they have a super kid friendly display of wildlife in their little museum. My toddler loved it there. It's so beautiful in the summer so maybe that would be a good summer trip for you all?!

C said...

Probably! They were gigantic! The exhibit was really great (barring the fact that it scared my toddler!). Everything looked so realistic and the displays were wonderful. I am such a geek and LOVE going to museums! I'm hoping LO ends up with my love of art too. Hoping to take her to some art galleries next time.

That's interesting about Maya and Corduroy! Totally understandable though! My nephew LOVED Toupie and Binou. When my SIL brought him to see their show live, he was a bit shocked to see that they were adult sized characters and not at all like in the cartoon!

I'll have to check out "Walking with Dinosaurs". Sounds great! She watches a few dinosaur shows and two of them actually use the correct names for the dinosaurs and describe their traits, etc. I'll definitely look into the one you mentioned! Sounds like something LO would like.

C said...

You're absolutely right. I hope I haven't traumatized my 2 year old! :( You should have seen her. It was heartbreaking!! :( Those dinosaurs were pretty huge, and their teeth were scary too. The poor little muffin was so scared :(

CynthiaK said...

You know, one can never tell what things might set of a child. I've had those same kinds of moments where you think they might find something really cool or interesting and then it's a total backfire!

Parenting is not for the weak. :)

Hope she's recovered now and got lots of hugs from mom. :)

C said...

Soooooooooo true! One can never tell! :( Oh, it was so heartbreaking to hear her cry "Out! Out! Out! Ohhhh...noooo!" :( Parenting is definitely not for the weak! lol

Dina said...

my DS has lots of moments like that. We don't take him to movies or places where there are big supersized characters (even ones he likes like Diego and Thomas). I wouldn't take him to the ROM for fear of his freaking out. And since his surgery he is even more scared of things and has lots of bad dreams about them-so i can totally relate to what happened there!

C said...

I have been thinking of you and have been wanting to call. Never sure when a good time is though! I hope your DS is feeling better :) How are YOU doing? Glad the surgery went well. He is such a trooper! Big hugs all around! XOXOX

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