Friday, June 23, 2017

It's Science at the Perot!

As previously stated, I've been trying to keep the kids busy this summer... helps with my sanity. Anyway, Fridays has become our designated "field trip from the house" day. Last week was the zoo. This week- the Perot Museum in downtown Dallas!

They have a large variety of educational topics. The kids discovered how weight differs on different planets and our moon using a bowling ball to demonstrate the differences. As Sophie realized, she likes the "Moon" because it's not as heavy. But the bowling ball was much heavier on Jupiter. 

Also they got to see a Sauropod footprint and how large it was compared to them.

You can see part of the Sauropod's skeleton next to the skeleton of a T-Rex. Makes the T-Rex look pretty small. I tried to get a picture of the entire Sauropod, but unfortunately it was too big to get it all in the camera frame.

Much easier to get a picture of the T-Rex.

There were also small dinosaurs that were about the size of our wiener dog at home. 

And of course, turtles were around during the dinosaur age and my own Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (Connor) insisted on a picture of it. 

 And there were also several underwater dinosaurs which were dug up here in Texas. You can tell Colin is more interested in napping.

 And Mammoth bones have also been discovered in Texas as well.

 Here is the vertebrae from the Sauropod (or back bone).

And a T-Rex footprint. Sophie modeled it's size with her own foot.

Then I did as well since I couldn't get any of the other kids to do it. (PS- If you are Brian... don't judge me by my footwear).

My favorite part was probably seeing all the dinosaur skeletons. But the kids much prefer Level 2. We'll get there in a moment.

On the next level, the kids got to ride the "Earthquake Machine". It simulates different levels of earthquakes and moves the ground beneath your feet.

And then there was the water cycle, which Sophie was able to explain to Connor about how water can be a solid, liquid, and a gas.

 However Connor preferred to show Sophie the "Rock Wall", which shows the different layers of rock in the ground. Maybe this is why he keeps digging up our yard... he's looking for rock layers. Or perhaps just worms.

 Next we visited the gems where of course, Sophie and Connor had to fight over who got to turn the geode first.

Very important to be first I guess. And it was also important that the person was able to both "open" AND "close" it... not just one.

Next level talked about animals and ecosystems. I particularly liked the bear. Perhaps it was because we got to see them in Alaska.

However, it was the Engineering Department that was the kids' FAVORITE spot. They got to build roadways....

Navigate remote control cars...

Build things using gears...

And sing loudly along with computers that controlled instruments. (Colin slept through it amazingly).

And since today was in the 100s, I later let them cool off in the water play area outside.

The kids had a great time while we were there, but as the afternoon progressed and lunch time came and went so did their behavior. Go figure. Oh well, at least I can say that we did something educational today that also expelled some of their energy.

Definitely a worthwhile trip for all ages if you are in the Dallas area. I was hoping it wouldn't be as busy as it was today, but we ended up having to content with several field trips and summer camps today. Oh well.

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