We had a playdate with some neighborhood friends whom we see waaay too rarely! Alex and Sophia met in Woodbury ECFE classes a few years ago, and our families have a number of shared interests (gardening, canning, conscious parenting and Leinenkugel's). Unfortunately, as is often the case, life gets busy, but I was so pleased to be able to meet up with them this weekend for an excellent adventure.
We had never visited the Bell Museum of Natural History, but will definitely be back.... lots! Both kids had a blast, but Justin in particular really enjoyed it!
It was Free Admission Sunday (every Sunday is), and there were only a handful of people in the building, so the kids got to roam/run free. This is the only photo I have of most of our group, and four of them are teeny tiny in the background!
After that explanation, he was good to go. He ran from exhibit to exhibit, shouting animal names. A favorite spot was a telescope overlooking the "shores of Lake Pepin".Not only do they have two floors of dioramas, they ALSO have the best 'Touch and See' room I've ever experienced. How many times have you walked through a Natural History Museum and had to control that urge to reach out and snake your fingers through a bear's coat? Not here!!
They also have an impressive collection of live reptiles and amphibians. The room is staffed by an interepretive guide who can answer questions and initiate animal encounters. Justin loved watching the snakes, but wasn't sure about patting them.