"Vegetarian TA3" (collards, red lentils, spinach, cabbage, potatoes, yellow lentils, carrots & green beans and injera) from
Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant (317-299-0608)
After lunch, we arrived at our intended destination, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis to check out the Tutankhamun exhibition. We met up with several other families from our weekly homeschooling group to experience King Tut and the rest of the fun at the museum. As I mentioned, we are studying Ancient History with this group of children so King Tut was a great tie in for this year. I learned as much as the kids did from the exhibition and it inspired us all to learn more, but I would say that Parker (9 years old) probably enjoyed the King Tut portion more than Dema (5 years old), but I think it is great they both were there to experience it. Josie fell asleep in a carrier during King Tut, but she thoroughly enjoyed the hands on exhibits in the rest of the museum.The Rube Goldberg Ball Machine kept all three kids enthralled for quite a while. Nothing is as fun as physics.
Dema loves fish so being able to "join" them from underneath the aquarium was a fun experience.Rob and Josie squeezing in together to check out the fish.The Take Me There Egypt exhibit was a favorite with all three children. Here is Parker tossing a fake orange onto the table in the Egyptian market. We enjoyed answering the questions about what herbs were helpful for what ailments (ginger is good for the heart), looking at what foods we regularly eat which can grow in Egypt (olives, figs, wheat, almonds, dates, mangoes, etc.), pretending to drive a tok-tok (pronounced "took took", I believe, and it is like a small three-wheeled taxi), and trying on Egyptian clothes. We ended up playing with our friends until the museum closed and we realized we were starving. We decided to try out another locally-owned restaurant from the Indianapolis Vegetarian Society website, but this time we went for Chinese. Sesame had a few more vegetarian options than most Chinese restaurants and the service was decent (the waitress caught on to the vegan thing quickly and was able to help us order some items which aren't listed on the menu), but I would say the food was so so. It was a little saltier than I like, even for restaurant food. Buddha's Delight, Mock Chicken Cashew, Mock Duck, and Kung Pao Tofu (the best by far) from
There were few vegetables and pretty much bean curd (tofu or tofu-like) was the main ingredient in most of the dishes. Not terrible, but not great. Maybe two and half stars out of five.
It was a full day of fun!