Over time we watched as the colourful 6 storey building was constructed on top of the hill and took its form, wondering what it was going to become, with its little yellow railway car taking visitors up to the entrance. What it became was 'Pipiripi' an interactive children's museum, which has now been open since June 2011, and which has taken us this long to finally pay a visit.
It was certainly worth the visit with lots of hands on interactive activities spread across 6 different levels, and plenty of space to run around. The ground floor was a space for games such as Hopscotch, hoola hoops, building bricks, ball pool and puppets.
|How to put yourself inside a bubble|
|Simple bubble making using cut off pop bottles|
|The boys enjoyed popping the bubbles rather than making them|
On the next floor we were introduced to bubbles and creating our own Giant bubbles from an old car tyre, and a market place where the children could buy and sell fruit and vegetables to one another.
|The market place and textile crafts|
|Shopping in the market|
|Deciding what to buy|
|The 5 minute rehersal|
It was also quite a cultural experience as one floor included a dressing up area, and a space where staff helped to teach a simple dance routine which was then carried out on stage all dressed up. On the day we were there it was a presentation especially for the mothers on Mothers day. Alana very much enjoyed that part, though Ed wasn't so sure about his own performance.
|All dressed up for the part|
|He didn't want to dance but didn't want to be far from Daddy either|
The last levels were for more creative pursuits, modelling with clay and painting, which all of the children really enjoyed.
The interactive space continued outside with sandpits, skipping ropes, hoops and a myriad of other things to do, only it was a little too cold to play outside when we went, so its a definite plan to return again another day to have more fun together.