Recently we embraced the “bad” weather and visited the Cedar River Watershed. When I picked the girls up from school I told them that we were going somewhere to learn about rain and our water supply. This was followed by little groans from the back seat and a small voice saying, “that sounds boring.” I wasn’t quite sure what to expect either, so I assured them that if it was boring, we would leave.
As it turns out, I could not get them to leave!
On our way there, it rained and rained and when we arrived, it rained harder. I was told to visit this place on a rainy day, so this was perfect; I only wished I would have planned ahead enough to bring Dahlia’s hooded raincoat, but we had an umbrella, so off we went, unfazed, like true Seattleites.
First off, we loved the courtyard of drums that made a magical rhythmic sound as the rain fell.
Then we warmed up inside the educational center, where they played with puzzles and trains until it was time to go and explore further.
We were the only ones there on this perfectly rainy afternoon, so we had the entire place to ourselves. The girls loved the exhibit that allowed them to follow a water molecule through the water cycle. We collected a water drop (a small soft ball) from the “ocean” and dropped it in the “Evaporator.” Where did it go? Through a long tube, up to the “clouds”! Then we climbed up the stairs to the top of the platform into the forested snow-capped mountains to find our water drop and drop it in the “Precipitator.” From there, we followed it throughout the many tubes around the exhibit hall to see where it landed. Matea liked to give her water drop to “animals” and Dahlia’s continuously gave hers to “rivers”.
They watched a short video about how the watershed supports and supplies clean drinking water to 1.4 million people in the greater Seattle area. Throughout the exhibit they saw first-hand the importance that water has on every living thing. Matea seemed to get it. I’m pretty sure Dahlia thought we were just there to have fun…which is okay too. On the way home we talked (again) about why we conserve water and try not to waste it. I have no idea if every city has such a great resource for learning about their water supply, but if so, it might be worth a venture.