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Friday Family, Seattle Nerd Trip, part 1

The Makes Family tripped to Seattle this summer and nerded out at the lovely museums under the Space Needle.

I’ve already posted about the amazing Museum of Pop Culture and the Jim Henson exhibit.

We spent the first several of our hours in Seattle at this museum, indulging in all our nerdy passions. Starting with an exhibit about Seattle’s own Jimi Hendrix, and an exhibit about the legendary David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust period, then into their Indie Gaming room filled with the strangest collection of games.

After the Jim Henson exhibit we strolled through Star Trek history for a bit, then headed downstairs into the SciFi section, with costumes and set pieces from everything, from Dune to Battlestar Galactica (old and new) to Alien to Doctor Who (exterminate). Then we entered the Horror exhibit with more paraphenalia, including Mr. Pointy!!!

Finally we hit up the Fantasy room, (best for last) where they had costumes from The Princess Bride, The Holy Grail, interactive displays about the Tarot archtypes, Building Maps, we could have stayed here all day.

We finished our first day with an excellent dinner at Ten Sushi, an incredible experience and meal. Highly recommended.

In Part 2 I’ll gush about our experience at the Pacific Science Center.


Friday Craft, Nostalgia

I grew up on Jim Henson creations.

Of course it began with Sesame Street. Elmo may have had an immensely popular few years, but I’ll always be a Grover girl. Sesame Street and The Muppet Show and the Muppet Movies were staples of my childhood, and I attribute much of my silliness and sense of humor to this early influence.

I can’t even remember watching The Dark Crystal for the first time. It’s always a part of my memories. I just rewatched it with my daughter, and even though the puppetry is obviously dated, it still holds up as a fantastic universe. I hope the TV show that is in the works can live up to the original ideas.

And Labyrinth. I can’t count how many times I’ve watched this movie. Hundreds of times perhaps. I can recite sections from memory, I can imagine whole scenes in my mind.

Our family recently took a trip to Seattle and visited the Museum of Pop Culture. They’ve got a special Jim Henson exhibit going on and I highly recommend it if you can get to Seattle. So much history, so many items on display. I could have stayed there for hours.

They’ve also got a David Bowie exhibit going on, featuring photographs from the Ziggy Stardust era (1972-73).