We were a sideshow at the Museum...

By PaisleyJade - Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Our family had a really awesome time recently exploring our local Museum/Kiwi House/Heritage Park (yep, there is a lot going on at this one place).

As a family of 6, we don't really get out to things like movies, museums etc in one big group because of the cost, but after finding a good deal online for a family pass we took up the offer.

Along with the cost of taking a larger family on an outing, comes the "sideshow" status that we often portray.  Now don't get me wrong, our kids are pretty well behaved in public, but even just walking along in one big group tends to attract stares and side way glances (I can't imagine what it must be like for families with more than 4 children!).  Combine that type of reaction with some of the shenanigans below and you definitely could claim sideshow status and start charging people just to watch us...

Introducing, the chicken whisperer...

and his trusty sidekick, Super Trooper...

Who by day disguises his superhero identity by looking after olden day wedding dresses...

Should I be worried at how fascinated my son is with this "oldenday telephone" and that I had to show them how to use it?

We did love the old homestead...

and these two handsome young school boys...

We found the local Minister's sermon riveting...

Along with the old women's prison that Symon was only too happy to lock us in...

The microscope with cases of lizard skin and other insects soon turned into a "hey, lets look at your hair... eye... ear... nostril..." experience.  We quickly ushered our family out of the building soon after this.

Actually, after writing this post and loading up the photos, it appears that the main culprits that give our family it's "sideshow" appearance seem to be the two boys and their parents.  The two girls sweetly got on with exploring quietly...

All in all we had a great time.  Our local Museum isn't the biggest, but it's interesting and carries some rich history.  The highlight of it all would have to be that for the first time ever, our cute Kiwi was actually out in full view for the whole time we were in her enclosure!  Since I've been a young child the Kiwi have always been hiding away, so this was a bonus not only for the kids but the adults as well.

If you are up our way feel free to pop by and visit the Whangarei Museum/Kiwi House/Heritage Park, and every third Sunday there are train rides and tonnes of other fun things!

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  1. that little Kiwi always hides from me. the whole two times Ive been!

  2. Ellymay11:41 am

    Looks like a great plce to visit, Dad and I must make an effort and go and explore our local museum, just one of those things we haven't got round to. Love the preacher, all the boys doing what boys do best, love finding out how things work. Luv U guys x x

  3. I grew up in a family of 6...it was great...I was the youngest and loved going on adventures with the fam. There was always the usual gong show antics, lol, but they are great memories now ♥

    love and light

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  5. Fun family memories! :)

  6. I must admit I'm so busy keeping up with the fast kids and trying to get the slow ones to stay together that I never noticed the looks! Haha Might be a good thing I don't make eye contact with the folk watching our Wellington version of the family of 6 slideshow (we usually use the microscopes for nails and skin...you guys take it to a whole new level! Love it!)

  7. hehe looks like you're a fun family!!


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