We went on a family outing today that I think is one of the hidden treasures in our area, the Harvard Natural History Museum.
We have gone here many, many times and the exhibits do not change that much, but it is a fascinating museum, especially for children. I remember taking Michael when he was Willow's age, and her eyes lit up just the same as his did. We put her in the umbrella stroller, and she was excited to see the mammal exhibits...pointing to a red fox on display--saying "kitty caa" (so far this is her only "real" word and it is used for all animals).
And, as usual, Michael was brimming with excitement and pointing out all the animals and dinosaur skeletons--I especially like how he likes to makes me close my eyes so he can steer me (while I am pushing a stroller no less) towards an especially "scary" exhibit--so that I can open my eyes at the right point to be "scared" (which I proceed feign--and still at 10 years old--he doesn't realize that I am not really scared).
I especially like looking at the skeletons of the ice age creatures like the Giant Ground Sloth or the mastedon. Also, having skeletons of Sperm Whales above your heads is pretty darn cool too! Michael and I were both fascinated at the exitinct animal exihibit--it is amazing to see creatures and imagine what they were like--and a bit bittersweet to realize that humans have caused much of the extinction.
The funny thing about today's outing--it was a spur of the moment change of plans that brought us to the museum--and we had a blast!
Just for fun...here is a creepy exhibit picture (I did not take it):
Okay, this doesn't look ANYTHING like the cute pet chinchilla's we used to have!!
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