I took my kids to the Cincinnati Children's Museum today. There's a really nice feature called, Water Works. Kids get to splash around and operate wheels, and locks, and pulleys.
My son loves all of the mechanical gizmos. "Mama, check this out!" he said as he flooded a lock, and let the boats inside rise. Then he opened the lock gates and let the boats woosh out. "Cool!" He continued around the exhibit doing all sorts of scientific things.
Then there was my daughter. The drama queen. She was grabbing plastic homes from the exhibit's mountainside and throwing them into the water.
"What are you doing?' I asked, completely bewildered.
"There was an earthquake. The houses toppled into the river."
Then she took a cup and started splashing water onto the hill.
"Now what?' I asked.
"It's a tsunami."
Then she toppled more houses into the water. "Mud slide," she explained.
"Can't you give that little town a break?' I asked.
"No." She operated the raincloud. "Flash flood!"