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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

DE Museum of Natural History

Back in March (ages ago, I know) we went to the Delaware Museum of Natural History during PNC's Free Sunday Morning event. It gave us the opportunity to check out a museum that we pass by almost weekly and to see how kid friendly it might be for Little E. He was 22 months old at the time, and we were pleasantly surprised and impressed by the museum. Keep in mind that it's still a very small museum in comparison to what you will find in New York or Washington DC, but it is adequate for our small state. Can't wait until he is old enough to spend the day inside the Natural History Museum in NYC. It's a lot of fun for me so I can just imagine how much E would enjoy it.

We were welcomed in the parking lot by this turtle. I'm not so sure if E was impressed.

Hi, Turtle! 

Once we got inside, we headed to the dinosaur gallery. I'm a big sucker for anything dinosaurs, and secretly I would love if E became a paleontologist. How cool would it be for him to go on archaeological digs in search of the newest and greatest?

Dinosaur!! Dinosaur!! Dinosaur!!

We went around and checked out all of the animals on display. I tend to talk to E on a level that is usually beyond his perceived understanding. I like to explain and describe objects and actions as we can communicate back and forth and have a great discussion. I know it's weird, but I do think that he catches on to most of what I say, even if I can't determine if the knowledge sinks in his head. 

Delaware Museum of Natural History

It's amazing to see how much E grows and learns everyday. Even though he is a little behind in verbal language, it's fascinating to see him use his words to describe what he sees. He loved the dinosaur skull and pointed out the pointy teeth.

Delaware Museum of Natural History Check Out the Dinosaur Head! Sharp Teeth

Kids were drawn to the underground aquatic display. E was a bit perplexed and wasn't sure how he was able to stand on top of the glass. He enjoyed pointing out the fish, especially the most famous clown fish of all, Nemo. We spent a good 10 minutes looking and observing.

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Next up was the hall of mammals. E recognized a lot of these animals and loved to take a good up close look at them. My favorite was the polar bear. At this point E just wanted to walk around and just take in whatever was at his eye level. 

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We were smart to start the day early and arrive as soon as the museum opened. By noon, the museum was crowded with families, and it was time for us to make our departure. E enjoyed his fun morning at the museum, and he was ready for a nap to refuel for the rest of the day. 

There is another free event coming up this weekend for Bank of American credit card holders (free during the first full weekend of each month), and maybe we'll bring E back to see the new exhibits. This time he can actually hold conversations with us, and I'm sure he will have a lot of questions to ask us.

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