Earlier this week, Kamden and I (along with Aunt Georgia, from Louisville, Kentucky) visited the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas. It’s been on my bucket list since it opened in December 2012.
And the award for best use of Christmas décor goes to … this dinosaur skeleton with a Santa hat!
Even though Kamden is just a year old, he’s very active and interested in the world around him. He loves to be engaged, watching or listening or touching, and the exhibits in the Expanding Universe Hall had many things for him to touch, see, and hear about the solar system and telescopes. Who knew that you could use your own fingers and hand to measure coordinates while stargazing? Not me!
As soon as we walked inside the T. Boone Pickens LIFE: Then and Now exhibit, Kamden had his arms stretched out ready to touch whatever he could. His eyes were big as saucers and he might have even drooled a little more than usual. Husband and I have taken Kamden to Cabela’s several times and he loves walking around the store looking at the various mounted animals, I think he thought we were in a bigger and better version but instead of mounts there were only skeletal remains. Either way, Kamden loved reaching out to touch the items on his level and he was really intrigued with the giant turtle “flying” above his head.
Even though I do not consider myself technically-savvy, the Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall was pretty cool. The remote-controlled robotic cars were fun to maneuver and the Post-It note idea wall is pure genius. If you have an idea for an invention or unique product, you can write it on a Post-It note and stick it on the wall. Careful, though, because there is a tiny disclaimer statement printed on the bottom about intellectual property and copyright and legalities. Maybe I should incorporate a virtual Post-It ideal wall for blog post topics … send me your ideas!
I’ve always been amazed by the human body, especially now that I’ve been pregnant and delivered a healthy baby, but the Being Human exhibit takes the human body to a whole new level! Reality tells me that a family lost a dear loved one but, for the sake of science and exploration, actual body specimens are used to show details of human life. One example is of a woman eight months pregnant and the baby, placenta, and umbilical are perfectly intact. Amazing. Sad that two lives were lost, but still amazing.
Overall, the museum is an incredible venue with lots of interesting and engaging exhibits without being too large or too overwhelming. The three of us arrived at the museum before 11:00am and we ate lunch in the Café by 1:30pm. The food was decent, nothing spectacular and definitely over-priced, but I really appreciate the helpfulness of the chef and his staff. I asked lots of questions regarding food labels, allergies, and ingredients lists and they accommodated every request and even brought boxes of frozen food out so I could read the ingredients labels. In addition to being gluten-free, the chicken strips and sweet potato fries are dairy (cow’s milk) free.
We visited the museum on a Tuesday, the same day the majority of students in North Texas returned to school after Christmas break, so there were no large crowds. Admission to the museum is pricey ($15 for adults, $12 for youth and seniors, and $10 for children) but I got in FREE with my educators ID badge. Children under two are free and parking is $8.
Kamden’s favorite exhibit hall at the Perot is actually the Moody Family Children’s Museum on the Lower Level. The space is specifically designed for toddlers and preschoolers (five and under are permitted) to play and explore safely, with a parent or caregiver nearby. Lots of adventure awaits at the child-size campsite (complete with log seats and a cast iron skillet in the fire), water tables, jungle gym of the Dallas skyline, and a miniature version of the Dallas Farmers’ Market complete with a produce stand, delivery truck, and cashier station. Kamden was impressed with the blue plastic boat floating in the water and spinning flowers on the wall, but there are lots of imaginative play opportunities for children under the age of five. I already know we’ll return for another visit when it’s warmer and he can play outside beneath the gazebo in the sand boxes.
And I’m sharing a picture of Kamden on his Radio Flyer tricycle as a reminder that Texas weather is bipolar. We visited the Perot Museum on Tuesday when it was absolutely gorgeous outside, sunny and not a cloud in the sky, with a high temperature of 65. Today is Thursday and the high is 27 with a wind chill in the single digits. We’re expecting a “wintry mix” tomorrow. For North Texas, that spells trouble. Good thing I went to the grocery yesterday, we’re staying inside where it’s warm and Kamden’s giblets won’t freeze. HA!
This was not a sponsored post, I wanted to share my experience at the Perot Museum with blog readers and this post is proof that I can cross it off my bucket list.