Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Natural History Museum of Utah: take 2

 Do you remember when I took my kids to the Natural History Museum in January? It wasn't a good experience (completely my fault, not the museum's). We've been looking forward to trying again on their next free day--did you know that they have four free days every year? Thanks, ZAP!
This time, we decided to give ourselves plenty of time, so I checked the girls out of school right after lunch and we got to the musuem at 1. I knew it would be a better trip when I found a parking spot in the main lot right when we got there!

We started out with the dinosaurs. The girls all had fun watching the scientists work on some fossils...

... and then standing in a dinosaur footprint! All four of them fit!

There are several parts of the dinosaur exhibit that have glass floors with a dinosaur fossil "dig" that you can walk right over. Tempe laid right down on the floor so she could get an up close look.

Even Pearl took a look through the floor.

Fossils don't come out of the ground all in one piece, so how do the huge skeletons get put together? Like a puzzle! Helena and Natalia are trying to put together this rubber mold of a skull over the fossil. It was harder than it looked!

Here's another puzzle activity up in the "First People" exhibit--Helena's putting the pieces of this vase back together.

We spent about 2 1/2 hours at the museum. It was crowded, but not unmanageable. We had so much fun exploring the different exhibits, and ended up in this little "backyard" room. Pearl was happy to get out of the stroller and crawl around while Tempe, Helena, Juno, and Natalia played dress up.
So much better than our first disastrous trip in January! Thanks, NHMU!

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