Thursday of last week, we joined Heather and Kaile on a trip to the Natural Sciences Museum. This was mine and the kids first time there and I think H&K's as well. The Museum has a special exhibit right now called 'Animal Grossology'. It's about all things gross in the animal world.
Blood sucking creatures...
poop in general
and more. I was a tad disappointed because I was expecting real exhibits of live examples of these gross things. It was however, all fake. All of the stations were very hands on for the kids. There were videos, play structures, moving models, things to smell, noises, (a cow that farts and burps, etc)
So, the kids enjoyed it, and it was neat, as well as educational.
I think the coolest part of the museum was petting animals in the 'live' section. I don't remember what it's called. But, every week, this guy brings in animals to talk about and let the kids touch. For our viewing and touching pleasure, we got to pet a baby american alligator, a black rat snake, and a Madagascar cockroach. The kids thought it was awesome!
They also really enjoyed the dinosaur bones and other giant animal skeletons like the blue whale.
The museum is a cool place and it's free, except for the special exhibits. I plan on going back again real soon. The craziest part about the day was that we apparently went on 'Field Trip Day'. There were HUNDREDS of kids from various schools and it was a mad house. Dodging the crowds was crazy. So, next time, I'll call first and make sure there aren't any schools visiting that day.
If you haven't been to the Natural Science Museum, I suggest you check it out, it's awesome!