With five kids in our family ranging in ages from 2 to 15, it’s always hard to find one thing we can do as a family that I’m sure they will ALL love. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science definitely fell in to that category. They ALL loved our day of Dallas family fun!
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Lamar Hunt Sports Hall
If you know anything about our family you probably know we are BIG sports fan. So it’s no surprise the sports hall was our first stop and it’s a good thing. The Sports Run Exhibit in the Lamar Hunt Sports Hall is super popular. In spite of getting there right after the museum opened we still found ourselves in line for this 55 ft interactive exhibit for about 25 minutes. Let me tell you, though, it was totally worth it!
My boys LOVED it! You get the option to choose to race a professional athlete, T-Rex, or this dinosaur fish. (Forgive me for not remembering the name of this fish.)
Obviously they didn’t win, but their attempt sure was fun to watch.
The big kids got to play around with some of the high tech stuff, like this x-ray machine, too, while we waited.
I don’t know what it is that I love about this picture of Riverson so much, but this poor boy was so clueless about what he was supposed to do. He could have chosen to throw a football, a baseball, or even swing a hockey stick, all of which he does on a regular basis, but he chose the jump rope, which is something he has probably never done before. The hovering mommy in me wanted to step in and show him what to do, but I decided to hang back to see how he would handle the situation, instead. This clueless look on his face is actually precious to me.
Moody Family Children’s Museum
The Moody Family Children’s Museum may have been my favorite part of the entire museum. We literally could have spent hours in this one room. Obviously the big kids weren’t interested in this room, especially since it’s geared toward kids ages 5 and under. I love the way they have recreated the Dallas skyline and added so many touches of Dallas in to this room.
For instance, Brantley loved running back and forth on this replica Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.
The boys loved getting dressed up and doing “work” on the Dallas skyline.
I practically had to drag them out of this room because there was just so much to play with and they were having so much fun.
But, we had so much more to see!
The World’s Largest Dinosaurs Traveling Exhibit
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s traveling exhibit is currently The World’s Largest Dinosaurs. It’s where you can see a 60-foot-long female Mamenchisaurus (mah-MUN-chi-SAWR-es), known for its incredible 30-foot neck and get an inside look at the dinosaur’s anatomy. Try your hand at pumping blood for different sizes of animals and then grab some tools and safety glasses to make your own discovery at the dig site.
Obviously, you can see what my boys’ favorite part was.
It’s amazing when you put these little guys up next to one of these massive dinosaur bones!
We literally went through that exhibit in about 10 minutes, because yet again, we still had so much more to see.
The window views from within the museum were just gorgeous and seeing the Dallas skyline made you really appreciate this massive museum built just outside of downtown Dallas.
Being Human Hall
This level was at the top of my favorites list because I could see each one of my kids connecting to these exhibits. Their ages were not a factor. They were all learning something and best of all, they were all having fun! I love this picture for two reasons, 1) it shows our big girl having fun with one of her little siblings and 2) it gives us a nice look at that gap tooth smile Riverson obtained a few months ago.
Even without the traveling dinosaur exhibit, there are still plenty of dinosaur bones to be seen in the museum and Langston fell in love with this dinosaur, specifically. He loved knowing this was the same dinosaur he raced against downstairs.
Another memorable exhibit I don’t have a picture of was the earthquake simulator. It really was neat to feel what it was like to experience the ground shaking during earthquakes of different magnitudes.
We ate lunch in the midst of all of this in the museum cafe. If I could recommend one thing for you and your family, it would be to bring your own lunches. The cafe was a madhouse FULL of people. Moving a group of 6 people around together in the midst of all of those people was stressful! Next time, we’ll definitely bring our own food and enjoy it peacefully outside, together.
Speaking of outside, I’m in love with this relaxing space right outside of the front door. We’ll definitely do this again! Just look at these happy faces.
Yes, I let them get soaking wet before we made our way to the car. They stripped down and rode home in their car seats in their underwear. And seeing how much fun they had doing it, we’ll definitely do the same thing again!
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science was a hit with my family and I know it will be for yours, too! If you want to see The World’s Largest Dinosaurs traveling exhibit, make sure you do so this weekend! Their moving on September 1st!
My family was provided with tickets to experience The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, however, all opinions are my own.