Friday, June 20, 2014

"Dinosaur Museum"

All last week JD (6 years old) and ZD (4 years old) were asking me to go to the "dinosaur museum." It took me a few days to figure out just where that was...turns out it's the Delaware Museum of Natural History! I got the go-ahead from Mama D, so we trekked out to Greenville for the morning.

This place is awesome. Granted, you definitely cannot spend an entire day at this museum, it's a single level and takes about 30-45 minutes to walk through based on the interest and ages of the kids you're with.  Luckily, JD & ZD love finding all of the "hidden" birds and frogs in each diorama, so this activity took about 45 minutes. The museum offers special activities on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but we just took our own tour and played in the "Nature Nook." There were several hands-on activities in this room, which makes touring with a 4 year old a lot easier! We explored a cave, pet different animal skins, and colored some pictures of different bugs.

Now for the best part of the DMNH...

The outdoor trails!

I decided to let JD take charge and we worked on his following skills as he led us from trail marker to trail marker. To him it seems like a fun game, but it definitely helped him feel like the big brother and also helped his navigation skills when we crossed paths we had already explored. We saw several birds and frogs on the trail, which the boys really enjoyed, even though ZD took a tumble and got quite muddy. We are working on him keeping composed and not crying, and he did fabulously despite the fall!

I highly recommend going to check out this neat little museum, and if you have walkers definitely explore the outdoor trails! The entire morning trip took us about 1.5 hours, not including travel time.