My giant service dog in training, Mon Equi, my date and I spent hours here enjoying the activities. If I had taken kids instead of a dog, it would have gotten top grade, but service dog partners beware: You are surrounded by children - noisy, excited, exuberant children. Qui was touched occasionally by unattended older children who simply did not know any better. Although she adores children, the poor dog was overwhelmed. She buried her head between my knees at one rest point, I am thinking to block out the noise and sight of all these little bundles of energy.
She did recover by the basketball tossing robot. Ball? BALL? And she did very well in the IMAX since she got to sleep.
Kudos to the wonderful staffer who, seeing our need, invited us to use an elevator to which he had a key, and then got us chairs to sit in an area of the theater that eliminated the need for me to negotiate the stairs. He made me feel like I was not in any way disabled. Staff everywhere were accomodating without being overly solicitous. That is a hard balance to strike so whoever gave them training, it is appreciated. We watched the Hubble movie. Any space nerd would love it. Can't wait to go back for the tornado movie. And kudos to the parents. When kids wanted to treat Qui like one of the interactive exhibits, the parents were terrific in teaching the kids why a working dog should not be touched. And parents also taught their children to politely ask to touch her. With the courtesy they showed, I hated to have to tell them no, but had taught Qui to 'wave' on command for these occasions.
Also worth visiting was the gift shop. Had any of the supernerd items for sale been available to me when I was a kid, my life may have taken a different career path - a smarter, richer, way cooler life! Parents and boyfriends, take plenty of money - intelligent toys cost $$
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