On our last day of Spring Break Vacation, we traveled down to Ogden and went to the Dinosaur Museum. The kids loved it, and so did Andy and I. There were to scale and some life-sized statue replicas of many different kinds of dinosaurs all over the park. Each one had a sign telling you if the statue was to scale, or if it was the true size of the dinosaur, and then would also explain when the dinosaur lived, and where it's fossils are found, what it ate, etc. It was very interesting. We spent several hours here wandering around reading and taking pictures.
At first I don't think Lainey knew what to think about everything. The dinosaurs were so big and looked so foreign to her!
I can't remember the scientific name of this dinosaur, but it was something about "mother." This particular dinosaur would stay near her eggs until they hatched, and watch over them fiercely if needed.
There were also water dinosaurs displayed. This one in the background looked to us like a modern day dolphin. But the science didn't make any sense to me, because dinosaurs were reptiles, and dolphins are mammals. So...if we go with the theory of evolution then the dolphin used to NOT be a mammal? Well, it was a pretty neat statue anyway.
This was a fun little area. There was a small stream coming through, and they had old pans and lots of iron pyrite. So the kids "panned for gold" for a little while. Rachel actually found a stone that is either a small diamond or a small cubic zirconia. It's about a quarter karat-sized and she was SO excited. I felt really bad for whoever lost it from their ring...and who knows how long ago that was. We told her we'd take her in to a jeweler to see if it was worth putting into a setting for her. She was estatic!
Matthew also really liked the fossil dig area. There were different sets of skeletons under the sand, and they had brushes for the kids to use to gently brush away the sand. Matthew uncovered a bunch of bones, as well as a nest of eggs. (All cast stone of course, not real fossils!)
Soon he recruited Taylor to come help him. I love watching my two boys do things together. Taylor is 7 years older than Matthew, but they seem to have a lot of fun together in spite of the age difference.
On the upper level of the museum, they have a room full of glass displays filled with different precious stones. Taylor, Rachel, and I especially enjoyed looking at all of them. They had everything from diamonds, to amethysts, to turquoise, to jade. It was amazing to see all of the different colors and samples. They had some that were set into jewelry and that had been donated over the years to the museum, and they were absolutely beautiful! In this room they also had salt crystals from the Great Salt Lake on display. They were really neat too. Overall, it was a fun and amazing place to take our family! I would highly recommend it to anyone in the area!
After our day at the museum, we spent our last night of vacation in Eden, Utah at the Wolf Creek condominiums (which the kids loved) and then headed home for Nampa the next morning.
I think it was the best Spring Break ever!