One of our day trips this summer was to Kaleidoscope at Crown Center.
Where I fell in love with the outrageous decor.
These paper towel dispensers make me want to build one for my studio.
And the place is 100% free.
All of the art supplies are donated by Hallmark.
It was so colorful and fun, we went twice that day. Once before and then after we saw "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" at the theater at Crown Center.
Cute theater! We have plans to go back to see Rudolf at Xmas.
I'll bet that Hallmark has some nifty Christmas crafts in mind for the holidays when we return. Since it is Hallmark, and they pretty much are all about holidays and celebrations.
Crown Center wasn't the only thing we revisited. We have discovered that vinegar and baking soda are a very exciting combo. Over the summer, we've played with it a lot.
We've filled an empty water bottle with it and added a balloon to the top, and watched the gas fill up the balloon. We've made volcanoes, we've just put it in tubs and played with the fizziness.
This time, we filled a pie tin with food coloring blobs.
By the way, after going through boxes and boxes of food coloring this summer, I've discovered that it washes out of clothes and hands with Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap in peppermint (from the natural grocers or Trader Joes)
We covered up the food coloring in the tin with baking soda.
(The wagon in the background holds a tub of water that she dumps the leftovers into when the experiment is done. All the food colors mixed together turn the water swamp colored, and she likes to sit in it and pretend to be a swamp creature. Don't ask me why it needs to be in a wagon, but somehow that was important in the game.)
Then, filled a squirt gun with vinegar and sprayed away.
The more you spray, the more fizzy, frothy, rainbow bubbles you get.