Dinosaurs for Children: The Museum of Ancient Life
A Dinosaur Museum for Children.
The Museum of Ancient Life at Lehi Utah had my husband and I captivated with it's stunning displays of ancient life and vast collection of dinosaur artifacts.
What truly fascinated us throughout our visit was this museum's interactive play stations for children. These little play stops for kids are one of the most delightful features of this dinosaur museum.
Let's face facts, even if the subject matter is on one of their favorite topics kid's can get pretty bored touring a historical site where they must be very careful not to touch the displays. Fortunately this dinosaur museum works the "kid factor" into it's tour. Kids are encouraged to play.
The History Displayed Throughout the Museum is Breathtaking
We Were Greeted by Daniel.
Daniel is one of the hosts at the Museum of Ancient Life and he was a real super sweetheart. He provided us with information on the museum and on the artifacts that it contains within it. He certainly knew a lot about dinosaurs and he was excellent at helping us out with our many questions.
Daniel also made sure that we set out on the correct pathway into the museum and greeted us once again at the end of our journey. Thanks Daniel. You made our trip to this history rich museum a real pleasure.
This museum of ancient history is a must see for adults as well as kids.
T-Rex is so Huge and Scary
I Have to Remember to Turn my Camera Flash on
Beside Each Display is a Plaque Explaining it
Brachiosaurus is one of the largest dinosaurs to have roamed our Earth many years ago and its skeletal remains have been found in the United States in Utah, Wyoming, Oaklahoma, and Colorado.
Some dinosaurs are extra large and it is amazing to see such gigantic creatures so close up and personal.
Another that is categorized as a Sauropoda dinosaur is a huge creature believed to be a grazer who foraged in the tall trees for its food supply.
The information Plaques on Each Dinosaur Tell us Their History.
These heavily armored Gastonia dinosaurs actually lived right here in Utah.
There is a Children's Play Stop that is a 'Design a Dinosaur' Area
At this interactive play station in the museum children find a variety of dinosaur body parts, and are encouraged to stop, and build themselves a dinosaur.
For children who have been patiently behaving themselves on their trek through the "Do Not Touch" dinosaur displays within the museum these play stations are so vitally important. The stop is a reward for their good behavior, and a chance to relax, and just let go of some of that pent up energy which they have been keeping in check.
Silly me I didn't pull out my camera to take pictures of the earlier play stations. One noteworthy play stop though was a "Color The Dinosaur" interactive screen section. Kids turn a crank to change a dinosaurs color to one which they think he might have had before his extinction.
Turns out that scientists really do just guess at what color dinosaurs were. Huh? Before I visited the museum I had no idea that no one knew what color dinosaurs actually were?
Did you know that Crocodiles still look virtually the same as their dinosaur ancestors? I guess you don't mess with a design that seems to be working.
Play is a great way to learn about dinosaurs.
Five adorable been filled dinosaurs with their own cave home is a delightful gift set for children who love our ancient past.
Play is how children learn and there is no better way to teach children then when they are having fun. So go on and bring your dinosaurs out to play.
Look at the claws on this Utahraptor
This dinosaur is Hesperisaurus
The museum head games children's play stop is so fun.
At the dinosaur museum's head games play stop kids get to guess which skull belongs to which animal or dinosaur. The answers are hidden underneath the picture tiles of the various animals.
I really enjoyed this interactive dinosaur play stop at the museum and I just happened to notice that Paul had fun at this one too. (Guess the museum fun stops were not designed just for little kids? Big kids can have fun there too.)
This is one dinosaur museum that truly is a must see tourist stop for families with children.
Even prehistoric man gets into the action at the Museum of Ancient Life.
Another interactive children's stop at the museum is the scale (gasp!)
At this stop in the museum children (as well as adults) have the opportunity to weigh in and see which dinosaur comes closest to them in weight.
This scale looks just like a freight scale except that it has pictures of dinosaurs and their weights shown at the top of the scale.
Paul and I have both put on a few pounds over the past few years so we decided that we would skip this interactive museum play station and let the kids enjoy it instead.
There are sections on prehistoric dinosaur sea creatures at the museum too.
Tiny Nothosaurs were only a few inches in size and a couple feet at their very longest.
This big ocean dinosaur guy could probably give Ogo Pogo a scare.
One gigantic turtle. Paul is just there to give you an idea of this dinosaur's size.
The museum's computer learning center for kids.
I loved the children's play stations located strategically throughout the Museum of Ancient Life. These stations are the ideal place for children to stop, and release their creative energies, and really do make the process of learning from museums a fun experience for kids.
The kid friendly theme of this museum is so very exciting. So if you want to plan a fun dinosaur theme family vacation, considering visiting the Museum of Ancient Life in Lehi, Utah, it is definitely an adventure too good to miss.
The prehistoric saber tooth kitty cats at the Museum of Ancient Life.
The Children's Dinosaur Quarry at the Museum
Have you been to see the Museum of Ancient Life in Lehi Utah?
Have you gone to see the bones, fossils, rocks, and skeletons yet?
A quick video tour through this fantastic dinosaur museum.
It is a really great vacation destination for parents to take.
Museum of Ancient Life
3003 North Thanksgiving Way
There was just so much to see that I hope you and your children visit this amazing museum.
© 2011 Lorelei Cohen