My girls are usually the typical girls, scared of everything loud and scary. I was really surprised when 1 day, Nic requested to go to a dinosaur museum to see dinosaur bones. She was really scared of the Brontosaurus dino just outside of the Science Museum every time we went there. Really? Will you be scared? Nope! I want to go to the dinosaur museum. She said it loud and clear.
So there we went for the kids first experience with dinosaurs. A really unexpected visit. Prior to the visit, I decided to make her a dinosaur activity book to bring along to enhance the experience. I searched the exhibition site but couldn’t find anything like what I wanted. It only had an app which we could download and play along as we go through the exhibits. Too technology stuff. We just want to unplug them from gadgets as much as we can. So I went online and gathered some stuff to make up her own book of dinosaur activities.
We got the family package which was cheaper by $2 in total from the regular single ticket and got 4 bottles of Coke for free as well. Not too bad a deal.
Before we got in the hall, there’s some photo taking session which they will get you to buy later on for $20 per photo (supposedly a discounted price on weekend)
The first impression we got was the hall was totally too dark. It doesn’t look good as our scaredy cat Nic was firstly, afraid of dark places and secondly, the roaring sounds from the dinosaurs. I think it would have been more kids friendly if they have the bright lights on. I heard other kids commenting they are scared and don’t want to go in either. So she went though the first part of it covering her ears like this
The exhibits were spaced widely apart and I guess those that interest the kids more were the dinosaur bones and the dinosaurs themselves. They were not really keen on the fossils, the rocks etc.
Our favourite has got to be this forest in Liao Ning, discovered only in 1990. The kids went around identifying the various bugs, fish, dinosaurs and other kids around us heard the commotion and started identifying them and showing their parents too. Quite cute!
There were also some kids activities throughout the exhibition hall, which got the kids more interested in. Nic and Nat tried the puzzle and the memory game and finally the shadow puppet where they had to colour and cut using the materials provided and finally bring it home as souvenirs. Quite a nice activity! There is also a section where there are displays of artefacts and came with magnifying glass for the kids to examine unclose. And they also got to hear the different sounds made by different animals and dinosaurs.
The kids had fun at their first dinosaur tour and Nic was asking to go back again after the trip! But I really hope they would consider turning up the lighting a bit more next time. It’s an educational tour that kids can go, not just for dinosaur enthusiasts. Brighter lights will not make the display less attractive but will sure make the kids more at ease with these larger than man animals!