|The kids' dream!|
With stuffed lions and tigers and bears, (oh, my!) the mammals exhibit teaches lots of facts, IF you read all the fine print. Our kids loved walking through all the animals, but rarely stopped to read. A family field trip suggestion is to make a scavenger hunt of facts sheet before you arrive or stop by the museum's visitor's information center for age appropriate guides and activities. If the kids were having to find a certain animal and identify where it's found in the world or when it became extinct, it would have slowed them down long enough to read and learn more about the artifacts. I had planned activities for many stops on this east coast tour, but by the time we reached D.C.... Well, let's face it; I was tired.
dinosaurs looming high above her head, but thrilled at the 4 foot wide jaw bone of a great white shark. Greg and I were captivated by the Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th-Century Chesapeake which investigated the recently discovered bones at the Jamestown Settlement archeological dig (our first stop on this Taste of America tour. How's that for symmetry!) The exhibit shows step by step how forensic science identified several bones dating around 1607. Bones can tell what person did for a living, how hard their work was, any diseases the person may have had and of course, how the person ultimately died.
|Without a doubt, hands-on is the best way to learn!|
|Is that a crack?|
At the end of the day, we were tired and hungry and ready for room service after all the walking we had done in the museums. (Field trip tip: wear comfortable shoes!) Have I told you that a family of five can take a taxi cheaper than the subway? Taxi! Take us home to rest up for Washington, D.C. - Day Two.