Last week the kids and I ventured over to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History for a day of fun and some learning.
The dinosaurs are always a big hit. Did you know that there is a State Dinosaur of Texas? There is, and it is the Paluxysaurus jonesi, which happens to be on display at the museum.
The great thing about their dinosaur exhibit is all of the hands on learning. Littlest loved the areas where we measured dinosaur bones and learned about predicting their weight, and peered through microscopes to get a better look at dinosaur fossils.
When the picture suggests you could take a bath in the dinosaur footprint, you have to climb in. At least Littlest did.
If you’ve never been to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the entire center area of the library is devoted to hands on learning. From folding paper airplanes and learning about lift, to seeing sound waves made visible.
Rather than making a traditional pinwheel Oldest Twin made a paddle wheel, inspired by some of the steam powered paddle boats we saw on our road trip this summer.
We thoroughly enjoyed the water area located outside, as part of the Children’s Museum. This children’s museum is targeted to children 8 and under. Come prepared, Littlest got fairly wet with all of his playing. You might want to make this the last stop of the day. Though it was so hot that he nearly dried off on the walk to the car.
There are plenty of indoor play areas in the Children’s Museum as well, from building train tracks to playing in the kids grocery. The Galapagos turtle specimen, located in a large dome so that it can be seen from all angles, is impressive.
You can’t forget the history part of the science and history museum. The Cattle Raisers Museum upstairs provides a visual walkthrough of the history of the cattle industry. The gallery showcases the importance of cattle to the history of Texas.
The lobby holds the 9/11 tribute, a beam from the North Tower of the Word Trade Center. It also happens to be the largest World Trade Center artifact in Texas. Located right outside, and near another water fountain you can run through to cool off, is the Sacagawea and Jean Baptiste by Glenna Goodacre. The twins will be studying American History this year, so I made sure to point out the sculpture during this visit.
Full Disclosure: My family received four tickets to visit the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are 100% my own.