No Spring? To the Museum We Go.

Still waiting for the Indiana winter to release it’s grip, it’s been a cold spring break for my son.  But hey, last year during his spring break, we received the biggest snow fall of the year, so it could be worse.  Needing to find things to do inside (that don’t involve vegging in front of the tv or video games), we hit the road to Indianapolis for the “world’s largest” Children’s Museum.  It’s been two or three years since we’ve been, which is a huge amount of time for a 9 year old.

Transformers at the Museum
Transformers at the Museum

After getting our tickets for entry, and then going to the lower level to get more tickets for specific shows throughout the day, we headed to what I knew would be our main focus of the day…Dinosphere.  Kaden is a dinosaur aficionado.  He sat through two separate paleontologist presentations, one of which he had his hand up for every question or volunteer opportunity.

Reenactment of Mary Anning, the first female paleontologist.
Reenactment of Mary Anning, the first female paleontologist.

Naturally, we spent plenty of time at each exhibit, including the world’s only known mummified dinosaur, Leonardo the duckbill.

Gorgosaurus skull
Gorgosaurus skull
Inside the Dinosphere
Inside the Dinosphere
Inside the Dinosphere
Inside the Dinosphere
Leonardo the mummified duckbill dinosaur
Leonardo the mummified duckbill dinosaur
Mummified duckbill head
Mummified duckbill head
SuperCroc
SuperCroc
Inside the Dinosphere
Inside the Dinosphere
Inside the Dinosphere
Inside the Dinosphere

Probably the highlight of our visit to the Dinosphere was when Kaden got to talk to the paleontologists inside the Dino Lab.  He mentioned to them that he would love to go on one of their museum sponsored trips to a dig site in South Dakota sometime, and said he wants to discover a new breed of dinosaur.  He asked them if he discovered a dinosaur with a single horn, could he call it a “unisaur” (combing unicorn and dinosaur).  They loved the idea!  Before you know it, it spread across the lab, and they told him if he discovered it, he could name it whatever he wanted to.  Huge smiles.

Another cool little thing the museum had was a live action dinosaur presentation, with Bucky the juvenile T-rex.  Kaden got into it.

Bucky the teenage T-rex
Bucky the teenage T-rex

Video of Bucky can be found here:

We spent some time visiting other exhibits and watching a movie about the race to the Moon in the Planetarium, but nothing compared to watching my son’s face in the world of dinosaurs.

All smiles with a Dracorex
All smiles with a Dracorex

 

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