Sundays are always free at the Bell Museum of Natural History. This weekend is a really good weekend to visit. First because most of us will be watching football in the evening instead of mid-day. Second because there are some really cool exhibits there right now. Your younger kids won’t appreciate these exhibits as much, but they will love the Touch and See Discovery Room and the Permanent Exhibits.
You and your school-age children can play ornithologists for the weekend. There are currently two bird-related exhibits on display. The first — Audubon and the Art of Birds — is an exhibition of some of the works John James Audubon’s Birds of America. I found this short documentary on YouTube about his life. It is only half an hour, so you could preview it together the night before your visit and than go see the prints up close for yourself.
While you are there, visit Birds & DNA to learn about the work of modern ornithologists as they study the biodiversity of birds in the Caucasus Mountains. This was pretty fascinating to me, too. This video explains the background of this exhibit and the research that is happening right now. This video is only 7 minutes, but has a lot of big words.
Joy Peters is a co-founder of Family Fun Twin Cities.