Sippy Cups and Dinasaur Bones

This past week I was away on training for my job, and because I’m an awesome mom who enjoys sleepless nights and finding out that my toddler can open up the hotel room door without assistance at 6am, I took my family with me.

We visited attractions and took walks, went to restaurants and specialty stores.

But the most fun we had was inside the museums.

We were in and out of several over the course of the week and it was through those experiences that I gathered tips I found useful.

Not tips for parents.

The parents were doing a great job.

Tips for the museum staff. The ones who had the looks of fear plastered on their faces when the screaming streams of children came busting through the door with sticky hands, sippy cups, and no attention span.

Keeping The Sanity – Tips for Museum Staff
1. When you see a parent running feverishly after their child, who has broken away from the crowd with a piece of the exhibit, do not ask who’s empty stroller has been left by the wayside. Chances are it’s theirs. Instead, run along side the parent, if you are faster your running skills could come in handy.

2. Encouraging hands on exploration and the touching of Artifacts is wonderful. But have you considered using fake pieces for this before letting children, who have not mastered the art of sharing, pet and hold things?

Also? How opposed are you to having your Artifacts placed into mouths?

3. Toddlers do not have volume control, filters, or the ability to “just hold on a minute.”

4. You might have more success with the length of time visitors stay if you changed your pricing on lunch. Pizza and a pop should not cost more than fruit and a sandwich. Healthier foods also give more energy!

5. Encouraging visitors to step on a scale to see how much they weigh, in relation to a bird, would be fun if only children and men were going to do it. A sign should be posted warning curious women to WALK AWAY from the bird scale unless they want to find out that they are 5 entire birds heavier than their husband.


6. Offer counseling to women suffering from a big bird complex.

7. Please don’t create statues of me and place them in the museum.. it confuses my daughter.

8. Naps are crucial for the survival of parents and the sanity of all of those attending the museum (who are around the children). I suggest a quiet room where the sleepy children can go and rest.

I would also like one for the parents.

As much as a I jest I really did enjoy the museums and highly recommend them in any city! There was endless things to do and kept us busy all week long!

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28 Responses to Sippy Cups and Dinasaur Bones
  1. Alison@Mama Wants This
    March 19, 2012 | 5:48 am

    OMG a bird scale!! I wouldn’t dare step on one.

    A nap room should be necessary for all public places 🙂

    So glad you had fun!

    • multitaskingmumma
      March 28, 2012 | 4:37 pm

      You would weigh as much as a hummingbird.
      I weigh more than an ostrich.
      I need a cookie I’m so depressed.

  2. Nic
    March 19, 2012 | 5:59 am

    So fun! I agree with the nap room!!! Makes me sleepy just thinking about going 🙂 sounds like you had a great week!!! Nic xoxo

    • multitaskingmumma
      March 28, 2012 | 4:36 pm

      WE did have a great week but I need a nap again just thinking about it.

  3. Jenn@Fox in the City
    March 19, 2012 | 11:06 am

    Ah, as someone who works in a museum I LOVE this post! I am totally voting for your whole quiet room for naps . . . but I am totally thinking of it for myself.

    • multitaskingmumma
      March 28, 2012 | 4:36 pm

      you must hide a lot at work.

  4. Amber
    March 19, 2012 | 11:09 am

    What do you mean they don’t have volume control???? Did your models break off? 😉

    • multitaskingmumma
      March 28, 2012 | 4:35 pm

      Well frig.
      Mine doesn’t have a button.
      I need a refund.

  5. Jessica
    March 19, 2012 | 11:56 am

    There should be mandatory nap time everyday along with places for us to sleep. It would make the world a nicer place.

    • multitaskingmumma
      March 28, 2012 | 4:35 pm

      OMG.. imagine all of the places we could sleep?
      The drive through… the park… work..
      I’m tired already

  6. MommaKiss
    March 19, 2012 | 12:21 pm

    a) you’re nuts to take your family on a work trip. Those are my escape, woman! heh.
    b) that statue with the nips pointing to the floor? that’s hot.
    c) 5 birds more than your husband? You should have kicked the scale. cuz it’s clearly malfunctioning.

    • multitaskingmumma
      March 28, 2012 | 4:34 pm

      a)I love you for recognizing that the scale was clearly broken… obviously
      b)Thank you for telling me my nips are hot.
      c)Next work trip I’ll take you.

  7. Kimberly
    March 19, 2012 | 12:24 pm

    There is absolutely no chance I’d ever step on anything with the word ‘scale’ in it. That’s just cruel!

    • multitaskingmumma
      March 28, 2012 | 4:33 pm

      Oh you are GORGEOUS!!
      You would only be 1 bird.

  8. Kimberly
    March 19, 2012 | 1:25 pm

    Opposed to putting artifacts in your mouth…what?
    That’s what she said…boom

    • multitaskingmumma
      March 28, 2012 | 4:33 pm

      Cause artifacts are old and dusty.
      Haven’t been touched in awhile.
      Some people don’t want to touch them.

  9. Coffee Lovin' Mom
    March 19, 2012 | 3:23 pm

    I know you are not old enough to have low hanging knockers but agree about the napping places for sure!

    • multitaskingmumma
      March 28, 2012 | 4:32 pm

      I’ve had a baby.
      My knockers do not knock anymore.

  10. Leigh Ann
    March 19, 2012 | 3:24 pm

    Oh this is hilarious, friend! They should totally make this a part of the museum staff training guide. I’m picturing all kinds of suited museum docents running alongside harried parents to help them corral their kids. Probably my kids.

    • multitaskingmumma
      March 28, 2012 | 4:31 pm

      You should have seen the older ladies trying to rein in the kids when they were throwing parts of the Artifacts all over the place.
      it was CHAOS.
      I just sighed and let it happen.
      What else could I do.

  11. Teresa
    March 19, 2012 | 5:06 pm

    LOL to the saggy boob statue!!!

    • multitaskingmumma
      March 28, 2012 | 4:30 pm

      You mean me. yes.. LOL to me.
      Oh GAWD

  12. jordan
    March 19, 2012 | 6:48 pm

    I laughed out loud at work today because of this post. Five birds, five. My oh my, did you not know what you were getting yourself into?! Your posts make me smile.

    • multitaskingmumma
      March 28, 2012 | 4:30 pm

      I knew but I thought I would make a memory and have some family fun. Who knew I was scaring myself for life.

  13. Galit Breen
    March 20, 2012 | 7:23 am

    Hee! Such great museum tips and I’m so on board for the napping room!

    Let’s get on that for, like, everywhere, shall we?!


    • multitaskingmumma
      March 28, 2012 | 4:29 pm

      Yes.. everywhere!!! Wouldn’t that be amazing? zzzzzz

  14. Imperfectmomma
    March 20, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    They should know not to offer a scale to women. That’s just crazy. And? Hysterical tips

    • multitaskingmumma
      March 28, 2012 | 4:28 pm

      I should have known to stay the hell OFF of the scale! LOL

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