Liam listened to the announcer and decided to re-announce each stop as if it were a bumper for a TV show. "Hollywood and Highland, coming up next - part of the Red Line family of stations."
When we got to the museums, the rose garden approach to the NHM was closed and we were closer to the Science Center. Since the California Science Center is always free, I had planned to visit the NHM first, but decided to take advantage of proximity instead.
As we entered, we were greeted with signs announcing a special exhibit of the art of Pixar animation. Holy crap - how perfect could it get? The exhibit cost extra, so we hurried to the ticket booth and threw down for two tickets. Let's just say, we never made it to the Natural History Museum.
Liam stopped to play at every station. Digital animation incorporates math, science and art. Liam doesn't think about the mechanics, but he intuitively grasps visual concepts. At each station, there was a visual puzzle to solve and he was in Heaven.
|Designing a virtual set|
|Programming the visual effect of grass|
|Making robots from various shapes|
|In this simulation, the visual effect of Miranda's hair was added and taken away, which Liam found to be endlessly funny.|
|Here, Liam plays with lighting colors, effects and sources in a scene from "Finding Dory."|
|Playing with extruded 2D shapes to create 3D objects|
|Listening to descriptions of the various character models|
|Working at the stop-motion station to create the video below|
At the end of the day, we exited through the park and back to the subway, taking a moment to enjoy a natural wonder.