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Connecticut
December 2001
In the Great Green Room, there was a telephone, and a red balloon, and ...my son excitedly pointing up at the moon. Can you blame him? It's not every day you get to walk into one of your favorite books and play. At the Connecticut Children's Museum in New Haven, the Linguistic Room is an interactive and vivid re-creation of Goodnight Moon with all the essential details, right down to a comb and a brush and a bowl full of mush. (Well, it's not actual mush, but the effect is quite nice.) The museum-a vibrantly painted and inviting facility-has a strong educational feel, from the dozens of books in each of the eight main rooms to the numerous little facts handpainted on walls throughout. Beyond that-and call me a jealous nerd of a parent- the place is just..cool. In the Spatial Room, there's a chalkboard house (inspired by Harold and the Purple Crayon) for unbridled scribbling, as well as wheelbarrows full of wooden blocks, construction helmets and ample building supplies: tape, glue, egg cartons, empty boxes- stuff to make your own stuff. Little hands and minds can also work the gear wall in the Logical-Mathematical Room, while the Naturalist Room has a great buzz about it, courtesy of the glass observation hive filled with hundreds of busy live bees making honey and minding their own beeswax (of course). And as you might expect, the Musical Room was a big hit with my son-Iiterally, as he ran from the wooden xylophone to the steel drum to the ocean drum, beating his own manic rhythm out of each. Fortunately, there was no quiet old lady whispering "hush.

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-R.B.