Ultimate Dinosaurs at the
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102
When: Now through August 24, 2014
Times: Find museum hours here.
Cost: $15-$31/pp non-members, $9-$12/members
Thanks to the generosity of the Science Museum of Minnesota, the FFTC team (and their extensive families!) were able to visit the Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibit this past weekend. Even better, we were invited to give away a four-pack of tickets to reader Kim Roberts of Cottage Grove to join us in a day at the museum! Kids and adults alike had a great time exploring prehistoric life and those ultimate of ancient, mysterious creatures – the dinosaurs. Read on for some of our highlights.
Dinosaurs Alive! Omnitheater film
Through the stories of paleontologists and computer animation, the film explores how dinosaurs may have looked and lived millions of years ago. With a runtime of 45 minutes, most ages should be able to sit through the film without a problem, but the youngest ones may be apprehensive about the realistic sounds and occasional dino close-ups. (My 2.5-year-old was; luckily this did not deter her from touring the exhibit afterwards. If anything, the dinosaurs grew on her.)
Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibit
Beginning with the theories of plate tectonics and the evolution of a species, our journey through the exhibit gave us a glimpse of how so many unusual and fascinating dinosaurs may have developed. There’s a lot of science to digest here, but plenty for the little ones to enjoy. Our kids liked visiting the six learning stations around the exhibit where they could stamp imprints of dinosaurs. There was also, of course, the awe value of the massive models and backdrops. Touchscreens and some interactive games helped our older kids make the most of the exhibit. For our very youngest, there were hands-on dino sets for play.
More Science Museum fun!
It took our family of six approximately two hours to enjoy the Omnitheater and the Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibit. After making sure the kids were fueled up (pack a lunch to save money or purchase lunch from one of the museum cafeterias), there was much more fun to be had. The Science Museum is packed with galleries to explore, hands-on exhibits, and multimedia presentations. Plan to spend an entire day to make the most of it.
Family Fun Twin Cities thanks the Science Museum of Minnesota for the chance to experience Ultimate Dinosaurs!