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Summertime is in full swing around here. We’ve been having fun swimming in plastic pools, working on our reading program, watching silly videos, watching sunsets, and taking nature walks. While all of that is super fun, the summer is full of many hours and we get a little bored from time to time. An idea to squash that boredom is to visit a local museum. This is such a fun idea it’s being added to the Marvelous Tips Mondays posts!
We got to visit friends in Houston recently, and my BFF came up with the idea of visiting a local museum. She was so sweet to take us to the Houston Natural Science Museum in Sugarland, Texas, and got a great deal on tickets from Groupon. This museum was amazing, and it was not too big but not too small.
There are tons of fossils to see, interactive exhibits teaching things like physics, space, and the weather, and even a place to touch Mars. Ok, a piece of Mars but WOW, a piece of Mars!!!
There was also a bunch of live frog displays, a room with giant crystals and other sparkly rocks, and a room displaying rocks that glow in the dark! The petrified wood display was interesting with all of the different patterns. My favorite things in the museum were a slice of petrified wood(I just love the patterns and natural colors) and a fossilized bug.
My kids’ favorite thing was the dinosaur dig. It cost a little extra – $5, but was worth every penny since our kids wanted to stay in that area for about an hour. There are bits of recycled tires(I’m guessing) as the dirt and dinosaur “fossils” at the bottom of the shallow dig area. Tools of the trade are available to use plus a laminated piece of paper that is a guide of all the dinosaur bones or skeletons that are able to be found in the dig area. They had fun referring to it anytime a new bone was found.
I don’t live in Houston that has a plethora of museums but even in the larger town next to our little town, there are several museums from which to choose. My kids and I just saw the Blue Dog art exhibit recently at our local art museum. I know of at least one more museum that we could wander through for an afternoon.
Do you have a museum in your town or one nearby that you’ll be visiting this summer? Comments below and let us know! 🙂