The triplets have been studying dinosaurs at school right now and there is no doubt that the three of them know more about those mighty extinct creatures than I ever have. They know the names of the different kinds of dinosaurs, what they look like and some of their defining qualities. Me, on the other hand, couldn’t tell you what a T-Rex was from a . . . ummm. . . . I seriously cannot name another dinosaur on the spot right now.
Therefore, we felt it would be apropos to take them to see the dinosaur exhibit at the Los Angeles National History Museum. We got there when it opened at 9:30. Parking was easy. It was a beautiful 70 degrees out and Preston was sporting his new Gap dinosaur shirt. Conditions were perfect.
The highlights of the Natural History Museum were as follows:
1. The insect and dinosaur puppet show that is free with museum admission tickets. The information was presented very well for small children and it was the perfect length to hold their attention. The dinosaur used in the dinosaur show was extremely realistic and at the end of the show the kids got to hold and learn about real fossils.
2. The dinosaur exhibit is amazing. There are man-made replicas as well as real fossil bones of dinosaurs and both are equally interesting. Violet especially enjoyed looking at the dinosaur bones.
3. The different rooms with replicas of animals from various continents was well done. It was sad to read about so many beautiful animals nearing extinction.
There were lots of knowledgeable people wandering around the dinosaur museum there to answer any questions. Ava had two very good questions to ask the dinosaur expert:
1. How do dinosaurs find their food: though their eyes or nose? Answer: dinosaurs use their noses to find food, although they do have good eyes so it is possible they used both to capture prey.
2. When they excavated the dinosaur teeth, how did they know where to place the teeth in the dinosaur mouth when recreating them? Answer: all reptile teeth are in the same order.
Next, we headed to an IMAX of Blue Planet. The kids were pretty interested in the views of our beautiful planet from the vantage point of a space shuttle, but Preston was disappointed that there wasn’t any “hot lava” shots.
We wandered through the Science Museum, which houses the IMAX theater, on our way to see the space shuttle Endeavour. Our take-away of the Science Museum, which is free to visit, is that it is very old and out dated. Perhaps it may be time to start charging some admission money to renovate it and make it a bit nicer and more interesting.
Lastly, we took the kids to see the space shuttle Endeavour which is parked at the Science Museum. It costs $2 a person to check out this space shuttle. By this time the kids were a little tired and probably not enthralled with the site of a gigantic space shuttle. They were in disbelief that we couldn’t go inside the shuttle. I was also disappointed. Nevertheless, the Endeavour was quite a sight to see. A lot bigger than I even imagined. We got a nice family picture with the shuttle in the background and we were out.
On the way out, of course the kids needed to go into the hurricane simulator. And of course we needed to take a picture of it.
Until next time, the mothership is singing off.