Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG
June 26th, 2007
A Wonder Works Birthday


My son, Dippy, is turning seven tomorrow. Despite that fact, last week he was outside licking the sidewalk to see what it tasted like.  I love this boy.  He is odd, but I think that makes me love him even more.  Someday he will very likely no longer lick sidewalks or grin at me without his two front teeth, and I am enjoying every single day of who he is now.


In honor of the great feat of turning seven, our family, and kait, plus our dear friends, Tyler and Tanner B, spent the day at the perfect place for my curious and very energetic birthday boy.  It’s a museum called WonderWorks – you could literally spend several days in this place and never run out of things to do.  I’m too lazy to explain it all, so here’s a link with a video that shows some details iffen you want ’em. Jessica, if you’re reading this, I’d definitely recommend that you and your Mr. Preston pencil this into your itinerary when you’re out here.  You guys would *love* it.


Here we are (minus me) at the entrance, yes, the building is built upside down like that on purpose:



Here is dippy with two of his best friends in the world.  The Burggraf boys were kind enough to spend the day with us and that meant the world to Dippy.  These boys have always paid so much kind attention to Dippy.  They talk to him like he’s ‘one of the guys’ and they have won a loyal little fan for life.  You’ll notice that Dippy has his tongue out in this picture (no doubt he is looking for something else to lick besides the parking lot)



This place had activities for literally every age.  Here is James (with help from coie) hoisting himself up with a pulley:




Here is Dip getting ready to climb a rock wall.  It was very high.  I am sure he was much less nervous than he looks



Once he got started, he loved it, and he got pretty high



Of course his brother Bobo scrambled up the wall like a spider.  And you should have seen Ryann climb it! That girl is fast and STRONG



Here is Tyler and Bo about to ride in a jet fighter simulator ride. They also rode a roller coaster simulator.  The pod they are in was locked shut and then it spun all around and swung into the air.  It should have been called a Spin and Spew – which is surely what I would have done had I tried it.  Coie pointed out that together Ty and Bo make: Tae Bo.  Clever



I don’t know what this next thing was but Ryann and Emmiko loved it.  It swung back and forth and then spun round and round sort of like a Ferris Wheel, except upside down; there were bicycle pedals to control the ‘spin’.  Ryann and Tanner almost got the thing to stick straight upside down in the air




This was a cute little computer screen touch painting thing.  I would LOVE to have one of these at home!



Here is Coie and Kait playing in the Bubble Room.  I think they had more fun than James



There was so much to do – they also had a very cool museum with lots of mind-bender art.  After three and a half hours I was getting hungry and cranky; which was exactly when Bobo decided to get lost.  Tyler finally found him (and then he had to go back and find Coie who was looking for Bo) and we drove straight to Little Ceasers and mowed thru three pizzas. 



The after-effects Wonderworks has on a three year old



The after-effects Wonderworks has on a seven year old



The after effects Wonderworks has on an eleven year old



Luckily, our driver is neither three, seven nor eleven.  We made it safely home. 


What a perfect way to spend a birthday.

Happy Birthday, Dipsters!

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  1. socalval said,

    on June 26th, 2007 at 4:32 pm

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    What a fun day!!! Thanks for sharing… I've never heard of such a fun place for kids. I enjoyed my visit with you today – feel free to come on over to our place and visit for awhile, too.


  2. tnmomtomanyblessings said,

    on June 26th, 2007 at 5:36 pm

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    That is one crazy place. Looks like everyone had fun.

    Did you get to do anything?

    I went right by there yesterday and today…. waht time were you there?


  3. Titus2woman said,

    on June 26th, 2007 at 5:40 pm

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    HA HA HA HA HA! Licking the sidewalk~I LOVE IT! Kids are SOOOO FUNNY! I still have this image of my little brother once in a parking lot, beach towel draped over his back and over his arms~like a plane~and the string of his swimming trunks in his mouth (he wasn't wearing them) and spinning and spinning and spinning around with the trunks just kinda flyin' out~and he was WAY old too! ROFLOL! I know I can't do it justice with words~but OH! So funny!

    Thanks for your comment! It was great to have ya visit! (((((HUGS))))) sandi

  4. 2peter318 said,

    on June 26th, 2007 at 5:41 pm

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    That looks like a very fun place. And your kids looked so cute all worn out and asleep on the way home. 🙂


  5. jess4him said,

    on June 26th, 2007 at 6:09 pm

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    Wow! I should have come visited THIS month! maybe Dippy will get lucky and go again for a "2nd" birthday (bringing the rest of us with him!) when charley and I come out!

  6. chickadee said,

    on June 26th, 2007 at 6:33 pm

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    you mean my boy is going to keep licking things even when he's seven!? we are dealing with that now. i thought it would pass.

    looks like a fun place. glad you had a good day!

  7. nsremom said,

    on June 26th, 2007 at 6:45 pm

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    The sleeping pictures tied your post all together. It PROVED how fun it was. Happy b-day little guy!

  8. quietcajun said,

    on June 26th, 2007 at 7:40 pm

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    That looks like so much fun. My boys were ahhing and ooohing over the pictures!

  9. Henry said,

    on June 26th, 2007 at 9:06 pm


    Jen, it looks like you all turned the place upside down! Glad you all had fun! Thanks for taking the boys.

  10. drewsfamilytx said,

    on June 27th, 2007 at 12:15 am

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    Happy 7th B-day big guy!!!

    You're so funny, Jen. Your blogola, kidlets and Coie always make me laugh. I'm glad that God let us be friends.


  11. kellieann said,

    on June 27th, 2007 at 7:34 am

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    We have passed that place several times on road trips. Good to know that is so fun….we'll have to stop some time.

  12. cryskey said,

    on June 27th, 2007 at 8:02 am

    ooohhhh wow

    that looks like a fun place! Happy 7th Birthday to Dippy!



  13. onfire said,

    on June 27th, 2007 at 9:39 am


    i thought you knew it wasn't good to be a stumbling block to fellow believers … i cannot go here … there is nothing like that in wee petrolia or any surrounding area … not fair

    and just to know, i am practically wearing the same outfit today that your coie has on in the bubble picture … i must be closer to 3, 7, or even 11 than i care to admit


  14. deedeeuk said,

    on June 27th, 2007 at 10:56 am

    Oh my word!

    I took a picture of that upside down building when we drove past it at Christmas on the way to Dixie Stampede!!!!! We wondered what it was then! What a cool day out and a belated happy birthday to Dippy!

  15. Shaiya said,

    on June 27th, 2007 at 11:25 am

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    Please tell him Happy B-day!!!

    Thanks 4 your comment! I am halter training her right now.


  16. Anonymous said,

    on June 27th, 2007 at 11:30 am

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    James looks SO MUCH like COIE (at least from the pictures… ). Can you tell him Jessi (no "aunt") says "HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BIRTHDAY BOY!!" we'll have a little somthin' somthin' for him when we come..

  17. ShayC said,

    on June 27th, 2007 at 3:07 pm

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    These pictures are KILLING me…I miss you guys sooooooo much 🙁



  18. WillowTree10 said,

    on June 27th, 2007 at 4:08 pm


    Once when we went to Tennessee (to go skiing) we drove around that place. We thought it was neat…even before we have ever been inside. =)

  19. jarofclay said,

    on June 27th, 2007 at 5:15 pm


    This place looks awesome! My 7 yo son, who sounds ALOT like your 7yo son (ask me sometime about his licking the bottoms of shoes to see what they taste like…GAG…oh how I wish I were kidding) would really dig this place. I will have to find out more about it!

  20. Tiany said,

    on June 27th, 2007 at 9:52 pm

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    what fun!!! I love all the pics but that upsidedown house takes the cake!!!

  21. servingtheKingofkings said,

    on June 27th, 2007 at 11:56 pm


    Happy 7th Birthday to Dippy! That place looks fantastic! We have a similar place here in Oregon called "OMSI" (Oregon Museum of Science & Industry). Lots of fun…

  22. CAgirlwithasoutherndrawl said,

    on June 28th, 2007 at 7:38 am

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    I am so glad that your newly 7 year old boy was able to have tons of fun at Wonder Works. I totally forgive you and all your family for liking Wonder Works, which I affectionately call the science video game on steroids. Maybe next time you go, I will force you to take my kids, who absolutely love that place and have talked about writing a letter to to the grand poobaw of Wonder Works to ask if he could kindly turn down the volume so that their mommy would consent to take them. Golly that place is LOUD.

    I am so very glad that Coie stayed awake on the return trip to Curry Farm (by the way, I think that technically you should grow curry in order to call it that).

    I am getting my hair cut today. No big deal, I just thought that I would tell you to make this an official 3 paragraph comment. I think that I am due for another spontaneous visit.


  23. GiffordBabyJournal said,

    on June 28th, 2007 at 9:05 am

    I love reading your blog!

    I am so glad Dippy had such a great birthday! I love your descriptions. I just roll laughing. My boys and I are watching "Little House on the Prairie", and they kept saying, "Mom, that wasn't funny!"

    That place looks so fun. We are going to have to make another trip up there. I know we are longing for a trip to the mountains. Since, it is only like 4 to 5 hours away, I don't know why we don't just make the trip. I can't wait

  24. Aligirl said,

    on June 28th, 2007 at 9:14 am

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    That looks like so much fun! My kids would have gone crazy in a place like that. Happy birthday Dippy!!


  25. Suzanne said,

    on June 28th, 2007 at 11:26 pm

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    Licking the sidewalk and parking lots are favorites of all seven year olds, right?! (No, I'm just kidding. My "current" 7 yo has not attempted this… but I wouldn't put it past my 5 yo.) LOL

    Wonderworks — What a fun place, but awful pricey!

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