Houston Museum of Natural Science
I was raised in a Christian faith that believed and taught that the earth was young; only 6,000 years old or so. As you can imagine, dinosaurs didn’t really fit into that picture being that they’re millions of years old. So naturally, the dino bones at the Houston Museum of Natural Science have always held immense fascination for me. I am so pleased to be able to pass that fascination along to my children without the challenge of fitting scientific fact into religious dogma.
We went with our homeschool group yesterday, and even though we were not ‘technically’ in school, they certainly took a lot of information in. We had lunch in the courtyard, which was lined with statues. We had the kids go read about a statue and come back and tell us 2 interesting facts about their statue, then we went ’round and checked them out.
Inside the museum, we discovered that they were previewing a new IMAX film, so we got to see a free show, ‘Legends of Flight‘ which will be released this Friday. The film is a documentary about the design and making of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet. LittleBoyBlue is all about being a pilot when he grows up, so that was right up his alley.
Inside the main gallery, we got the info for the Texas Nature Challenge mission and their stickers for the Houston Wilderness Passport, then went fossil hunting. All of the boys except PeaGreen were totally into the fossil hunting exercise. PeaGreen was very into the dinos, so he and I took a quick trip around to see the parts that were of interest to him. The TNC mission was about ‘predator and prey’ in the TX marshes, but we expanded that to all of the galleries and he found quite a few on his own in other sections of the gallery. He was really into it and I was impressed with his enthusiasm.
We spent some time in the 3rd floor gallery, which was South American cultures (Maya, Aztecs, etc) and by the time we were through, the boys needed some outside time. We got some fun pictures and walked across the street to horse around under the statue of Sam Houston for a bit, then we re-joined the girls for a tour of the 2nd floor gallery, which was gemstones, aquatic life, marshes and African animals.
After we filled out our TNC paperwork, we trekked outside for a few last shot pictures of the kids outside the museum (you’ll have to check SFK’s blog for that; I didn’t get a shot) and then headed back in a homeward direction. We didn’t get home until 10:07PM, but it was so worth the trip! The kids all had a fantastic day – no meltdowns or upsetting moments – and the moms did, too.
If you get a chance to visit this museum, I highly recommend it! We spent the day there, with plans only to visit the main galleries, and didn’t really get to see everything. Thanks for sharing a peek into our field trip!