We started our visit in the Rock and Mineral exhibit (of course).
Lots of interesting shapes, colors and sizes…..
getting hands-on with some amethyst, some of those crystals were really pointy and sharp……
and some snowflake obsidian, nice and smooth.
A nice dark room with a black light to show fluorescence. Members of the local Mineralogical Society were on hand to answer questions and identify specimens.
On Friday we were able to paint some pet rocks…
and on Saturday they had a sandbox scavenger hunt. The kids loved sifting through the sand to find fossils. They were each allowed to keep a fossil they found and pick out minerals off a display table. Both kids got pieces of quartz, I'm not sure what Georgie's fossil is but Vicki ended up with a really cool fern.
Of course, after searching for fossils we had to go and see the dinosaur exhibit. The exhibit isn’t that big (and is almost exactly the same as it was ** years ago when I went as a kid) but these guys love it.
There is a model of a T-Rex skull, look at those teeth….
the bones of a ornitholestes…..
footprints to jump on and follow….
and a display on the tools used to dig up bones.
There were actually quite a few other fossils down there from the various time eras but the kids spent very little time looking at them.