Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy – Day 4 (continued) – Robot World

It’s hard to explain why a Tasmanian Devil would be hanging upside down from the ceiling of a restaurant.  It’s hard to explain why said Tasmanian Devil has an arm hanging out of his mouth.  But, it’s really hard to explain why six little boys think a Tasmanian Devil is just hysterical.

I’m still trying to puzzle out how the Tasmanian Devil actually ate this unfortunate person.  Did he pop through the ceiling and eat the victim from the head down?  If that’s the case, then why is an arm sticking out of his mouth?  Shouldn’t it be a foot?  Did he eat the person and then climb on the roof and pop his head through the ceiling to grab another unsuspecting victim?  Shouldn’t he finish his meal first?

I had a lot of questions, but the boys didn’t seem to care.  None of them wanted to discuss the eating habits of the Tasmanian Devil.  They were just happy to be in a restaurant with a Tasmanian Devil hanging from the ceiling and happy to have a Green River drink (I have NO idea what is really in a Green River drink, but I’m sure it must be very healthy.  Why else would they suddenly have so much … energy?).

On Day Four of Camp, we continued our yearly tradition and had lunch at Denny’s (not THAT Denny’s.  This Denny’s has been around for 60 years and is fun and eclectic and very much an old time diner).

The food is great, but for the kids the best part is all the fun tchotchkes hanging on the walls…and from the ceiling.

The best part of the day was yet to come.  Our annual trip to Robot World remains the highlight of Camp.

Two years ago, Grampy had reached the saturation point for Robot World.  By his calculations, he had gone 14 times and really had no intention of making it 15 times.   This year we had six very active boys.  I needed Grampy to help corral the energy.

First, we had to travel through space.

The boys rediscovered all of the great displays and found new things to explore.

I was particularly fond of the washer board.  Ben helped me keep them all spinning at the same time.

Outside the restrooms the boys found a train whistle.  It was loud.  Very, very loud.

Charlie, Carson and R.J. lost their heads.

The shadow room is always a favorite.   In a dark room, the boys arrange themselves on the wall.  A bright light flashes and a shadow of their profile remains.   The problem for Grandmama as photographer is that you can’t actually capture the shadow (dark room. flash. impossible).  I just pulled the picture into Photoshop and made my own shadows.  This would have been a good plan, and I might not have had to tell you what I did, but check out the “shadow” feet.


Of all the inside displays, the Electric Shock Machine was the favorite by far.  The big boys were prepared for the shock (they had done this before), but Cooper had NO IDEA what was coming!!!  God love him, he was absolutely shocked!!

Last year, the big kids (R.J., Charlie and Ben) were finally old enough to ride the balance bike.  Look how comfortable they are with the bike on a tightrope.  Don’t worry, Mommies and Daddies, they are perfectly safe.  Nothing can happen.


Ben seems to be missing a critical part of this footwear.

Namely, his flip flop.  No worries. It was quickly retrieved and we went on our merry way.

Grampy managed to entertain himself (and Carson).

I don’t know how we missed this last year, but the boys discovered a display of domino art!  We all agreed that the boys’ Abraham Lincoln picture was better.

In the final room at Robot World, the boys enjoyed a trip on a simulated space ship? race car? airplane?  I’ll never really know, but clearly they enjoyed themselves.  I was scared just looking at their glowing eyes…

A quick ride on the Ducks (amphibious vehicle) ended our time in the Dells (I would have had more pictures, but I seem to have over-exposed every single picture…..oops)

As Day 4 came to a close, the boys wanted to go swimming.

We were happy to oblige.



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(3) Comments and (1) Reply

  1. Tom Henschel | August 29, 2012 at 12:01 am | Reply

    Fabulous! I’m so glad I checked in. Been a while.
    I love Jim in a beard. How is it for you, Jill!?!?
    You are having camp? Really? Julia started high school — yes, high school! — on 8/14! She’s in her third week already. And you were having camp. I’m so jealous!!!
    Miss you guys sooooo much!

  2. jill | August 29, 2012 at 7:17 am | Reply

    I can’t believe Julia is in HIgh School! In my head she is still that little adventurer who climbed trees, captured animal tracks and fed little birds with live worms….Actually, I suspect she is still doing all that…just taller..

    Love you too!!!

  3. SwirlGirl | August 29, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Reply

    I wanna go to robot world! Where is it? Ahem, I mean, Can you please disclose the location of Robot World?

    • jill | August 29, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Reply

      Happy to oblige. The “Robot World” we go to is in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Dells to be specific. But you can find a “Robot World” in a lot of places. I think this one is actually called Tommy Bartlett’s Science Exploratory…

      Good Luck. Have Fun!!

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