On our drive back from the beach we decided to stop halfway at the Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh. I've been wanting to go there for ages, and you can't beat the price (free).
So much to see - it's 4 stories tall and chock full of interesting displays.
Whale skeletons from the ceilings:
The kids loved the Discovery Room, where there were tons of interactive things to do.
The twins played with fake food.
How many plagues do you think we're going to get from this?
Of course Reid attached to a stuffed toy while there. Reid and his stuffed animals. There's not a stuffed toy that he doesn't love...
They had fun in a big rocker...
And played with the displays
They climbed up and down the stairs
While Pierce tried on costumes:
And checked out the live bees:
The museum has many live animals, in particular reptiles and amphibians:
Ooooh, a T-Rex!
I liked this 'large mammals' exhibit - I guess this is some sort of prehistoric beaver:
Pierce loved this huge bronosaurus, but he was worried about the 'owie' on his thigh:
And if you look straight up, you see these guys:
On the 4th floor, you'll find a butterfly conservatory:
It was a little crowded for the stroller, but we were visiting on a Sunday.
This sweet smiling fish was one of Pierce's favorites. It reminded him of our beloved children's book The Pout Pout Fish that our bloggy friend Myya Says sent us. Plus, the little fish was very friendly, and kept swimming right up to Pierce and looking at him with a big smile. Pierce said, "This fish sure does like me!"
A quick stop by the gift shop before hitting the road home. Out of all those wonderful science related toys, Pierce picked a lollipop with a real dead cricket inside.
Wouldn't you know he ate that cricket too?
This post is linked up with Show and Tail over at WV Treasures. Go check it out to read more fun animal tales.
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