Thursday, August 18, 2011

Boom boom acka-lacka lacka boom

Well we finally made it to the new Dino Hall at the L.A. Museum of Natural History! Just when the kids are getting into Dino Power Rangers too, what a coincidence. (I make them learn things even when they think they aren't.)

Our goal this summer was to visit all the museums in Los Angeles, and while we went to many - this one they just keep asking to come back to. The Baby loves the animals and dinosaurs and the Kid loves reading about all the artifacts.

When we rolled up to the front the volunteer said, "Do you want tickets to the Butterfly exhibit?" HELLZ NO was what I think I said...tho maybe not out loud. Me trapped in a room with a thousand flying bugs? Nope. Did it last year and ran out of there as fast as I came in, leaving my kids behind. No - we are here for dinos and dinos only, thanks.

Luckily we had membership passes so that means we got front o' the line Dino Hall tickets. Yep. There are tickets, and waits, and long lines just to get into this new Dino Hall and you know what? Totally worth it.

The new Hall is beautiful, the clear panels, two levels that allow you to see all the large fossils and bones - it gives you a good gauge as to the monstrous size of these creatures.

I've said it before, I love the new modern direction that this museum is taking. The kids get so much more interested in learning when interactivity is involved. By having moving parts to feel and work with, the kids tend to get a better understanding of what is going on.

The biggest hit by far, and not just with my kids, was the interactive archaeology table. Man, kids were jostling each other for a position to 'grab' a virtual archaeologist and 'dig' (by tapping) to find the bones. We went back to that 'table' plenty - it was like the world's largest gaming iPad.

Even though we went on a weekday the museum was PACKED. Weekends are worse. If you do plan on going - and you should - wait til the schools get back into session. It's a great interactive new exhibit and the perfect way for kids and adults to learn more about the Dinosaurs.

Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone: (213) 763-DINO

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! So cool! My kiddies would love to check out that exhibit. The one at Bishop Museum just doesn't compare. One of the perks of living on the mainland, I guess. BTW love all your recipes! It has so much local flare and flavors my kiddies like too! :)

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