Today we kicked off our annual summer trip to Nashville with a stop in Indianapolis at the Children's Museum to see the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit. We have been aniticipating seeing this exhibit since we first heard it was coming well over a year ago. When we traveled to China, we met Chen Chen in Xi'an & we got to tour the Terra Cotta Warriors site so it made the visit today extra special to be able to keep her in touch with something from her home Province. Here's a picture of us from that day back in December of 2011, she doesn't remember anything from that day. I remember freezing my face off in those big buildings but also being in awe of what we were seeing. Sigh...look how tiny she was!
The museum did a wonderful job of integrating Chinese elements throughout the museum, the oversized lanterns in the lobby were so cool!
This morning we started our visit off in the Take Me There China exhibit where you board a plane that takes you to Beijing to begin your journey through China. It was a quick 5 minute flight instead of 14 hours!
After getting off the plane you get to go through various interactive China themed exhibits and stations where you tour Chinese homes, serve tea and noodles, work with pandas, try calligraphy and more. This was a great kick off to our visit as someone was very excited about our day and it allowed them touch lots of things and burn off some energy.
I loved this saying on the wall because one of her nicknames is Baby Panda and yes, they do grow up fast!
One of our unexpected favorites was the kung fu demonstartion at the Shaolin Temple. I checked the museum website last night and read about picking up tickets a few minutes before at the Take Me There exhibit so I am glad we were still there when tickets were being handed out. The kids and their parents got to enter the temple to learn about how both their minds and bodies are used to do kung fu and were then taught several moves that they then got to go out and demonstrate in the exhibit. It was really well done, the instructors were fun and Chen Chen now wants to take lessons!
Next we were off to see the Terra Cotta Warriors, nothing compares to seeing them in person but I have to say that the exhibit was very well done. Chen Chen was excited to see them in person after looking at the pictures from our trip over and over. The museum did a good job of mixing the Warriors and other artifacts with interactive elements and short presenations so as to keep things interesting for the youngest one in our group.
On our way out after a super fun day.
If you are within driving distance it is totally worth making the trip, it is wonderful museum as it is and the China exhibits make it that much better! The museum also did a great job over the last few weeks posting pictures and videos on Facebook as the exhibits came together, it was cool to see how the Warriors were put into place and the care and attention to detail that went into making everything come together. This post probably sounds like an ad for the museum but it's not! Just wanted to pass along to the other adoptive parents who may read here that it is worth the trip.