My good friend, Melissa, let Penny and I use her guest passes for the Discovery Gateway Museum. Melissa has a son, Britain, who is a few months older than Penny and the two of them play very nicely together (and by together I mean side by side--they are still haven't figured out how to play with each other) At the museum, Britain tended to jump from activity to activity and Penny preferred to spend a lot of time on one thing, so they didn't play with each or rather by each other much. I have heard thats a pretty common difference between girls and boys at this age.
It was really fun to watch Penny get excited about all the fun things to do. They have a cute little farm that leads to a store which leads to a house. As well as, a construction site and a water play area. The water caught Penny's eye right off the bat, so she spend a long time there before checking out anything else, and only after I dragged her away and showed her the rest of the museum. Does that make me a mean mom? I tried not to get in Penny's way and let her choose what she wanted to do, but I was so excited about all the cool exhibits! She is still too young to get into imaginary play but she loved the freedom to explore a new fun place without being told "no" so I did my best not to micromanage her play. Overall, I think it was the best playdate Penny has every had!
Here is a little video of Penny's favorite parts of the museum: