Sunday, November 16, 2008

Dinosaur Museum

I was brave on Friday and took the kids (including David) to the dinosaur museum at Thanksgiving Point. My sister, Kristi and her kiddos (including Nikki) met us there. We had a blast! I had no idea how many activities they had, and the fun thing was that each of the kids, no matter their age, got into it.

Of course there were dinosaur bones and replicas.
This was a dinosaur vertebrae the kids were allowed to touch. Cutie was enthralled with patting it.
This is about the time Cougar discovered the huge brontosaurus looking down at him.
This was awesome; I'd love to have one at home. It's a build-your-own dinosaur. The main part (gray and red) is bolted to the floor and all the other pieces are removable. There were several different heads, tails, different spikes and various arms and legs. Everyone had fun building together, but I was too slow to get a picture of all of them with their creations.

One whole room of the museum is a sand/water table. Another thing we'd love to have, as long as it came with someone to clean up. The kiddos made rivers, dams, and made island out of sand.

Nikki designed her own serene beach, complete with palm trees. David was very intent on causing a flash flood to destroy the peacefulness of said beach. He built a big dam of sand and waited patiently while the water built up behind it.

I could see the disappointment in his eyes when he released the floodwater and it only caused the water-level of Nikki's beach to rise. Not really the grand event he'd been expecting. Sorry, bro.

Here's a big scary shark. We told Ellie to act scared for the picture, but she wanted to be SCARY instead. I'm not scared. Are you?

"This is my pet dinosaur. Sometimes I use him as a bench."

The overall favorite activity was the Quarry. All the kids had a wonderful time playing in the sand and discovering fossils.

Cutie especially loved it, he was a little young to understand most of what we did. He did enjoy crawling all over and trying repeatedly to climb up on the displays. But playing in the sand...THAT he understands!

Here's our future paleontologist hard at work. Please note that, once again, her cute tush is hanging out. I sure love that little hiney!

It was a busy, fun day. Just to let you know how long we were there, I had to feed Peanut twice during our adventures. We were there for well over 3 hours and were not bored for a minute. That's a good day in my book!

ps--Sorry there aren't any pictures of Peanut. He was snuggled up in the Baby Bjorn the whole time.


  1. Thanks for sharing. I keep meaning to take the girls there we will have to go spend a Saturday afternoon there some time this winter.

  2. This sounds like so much fun. And, hey- you have a genius hubby. I'm sure he could figure out a way to make the interactive dino.