The Delaware Museum of Natural History ~ Hands-On Learning

Delaware Museum of Natural History

It is Spring Break vacation in Rhode Island this week, so on the way to a family wedding I thought it would be fun to do some activities with the kids. I researched and found the Delaware Museum of Natural History on the Internet, so I decided it would be a good pit stop to have some fun and learn a little too! My kids loved the Natural History Museum in DC, so I thought this would be something they would enjoy!

I was right! This is just what they needed after a long drive. The museum had exhibits of animals, shells, environmental awareness, and dinosaurs. We spent about an hour looking around at the exhibits and learning new things. The kids liked touching the dinosaur fossil.

They also really liked the kids’ section where they had hands-on exhibits for the kids to explore. They went in a bat cave, played with stream animals, sat in the eagle’s nest, and dug for fossils. 

I think we learned the most from the movie we saw on the way out. They had a mini-movie theater where we sat and watched an episode of Planet Earth. We learned all about trees and how very important they are to the environment. My daughter couldn’t help but think of when we went to see The Lorax and what would happen to the Earth without trees. They were glued to the screen.

My son’s favorite part was visiting the gift shop on the way out. They each got a stuffed animal to remember our fun and adventurous “Mommy & Kids” day. 

What Fun and Educational things have you done with your kids lately?

You can visit the museum in Wilmington, DE. For information, check them out on their site, Facebook, or Twitter. A fun stop for you and the kids!
 
Kristin

Comments

  1. That looks like fun! My daughter is 16 months old so I try to give her lots of experiences- outside (Zoo, Sea World, park, walks, etc), sensory, art, social time, and more! Learning can come from anywhere but museums that have interactive exhibits are such a fun way to learn!

    Kari
    http://www.mommytoelodie.tumblr.com

  2. Sounds like a great place to visit. If you are ever in Shreveport LA you will want to check out the SciPort Museum and IMAX theater there. It is a very hands on interactive museum your kids would enjoy.

    Thanks for the cool review of this museum. Glad ya’ll had a great day together!

    Brenda

  3. We love places like that! We’ve been to the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga, the Adventure Science Center in Nashville (had a season pass last year, and the Imagine It museum in Atlanta! I love all those places geared towards fun for kids where they learn something too!

  4. LOL, it makes me giggle that they liked the gift shop. I LOVED that big nest. How fun is that museum?!!!

  5. How fun! We have to travel a good way to find museums and places like that. We do try to visit a zoo or an aquarium each summer. Looks like ya’ll had a blast and your son’s outfit is awesome :)

  6. It looks like they had a great “Mommy & Kids” Day! That museum looks amazing! I’ve got to find something similar here in FL for my little ones. Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. You don’t have to have kids to go to and enjoy a museum like this one!! Two of my absolute favorites are the Maritime Museum in Connecticut and of course the Museum of Natural History in NYC!!!!

  8. We have never been there. This looks like such an awesome time. Drew and Kendal look so happy!! Thanks for sharing! Have a great time at the wedding!

  9. Your kids are so cute, you are so blessed!!! I love the look on your sons face when he’s sitting down (looks like to watch something) :)
    Thanks for sharing, I’ll have to check this out if my travels ever bring me there!!

  10. Looks like your kiddos had fun!

  11. I love the Eagle’s Nest!

  12. Looks like fun! We havent done the history museum yet. Something to put on our list though! Thanks for sharing!

  13. I know my daughter would love this. I have to admit we do not do near the amount of things that we should. We did go to our local Wolf Haven during my daugter’s spring break, and it was awesome!

  14. Looks like a terrific hands on experience – I may talk my daughter in to taking my Grandsons!

  15. That looks like an incredible trip! I’m looking forward to planning educational trips one day. :)

  16. Hey, Melissa:

    Interactive exhibits are the best, it gets the kids involved and active. Thanks for sharing. Looks like you all had a great time.

    Cheers,
    Missy

  17. Looks like fun! :)

  18. Sounds like a neat place to visit with the kids. I am always looking for fun things do with my family too!

  19. That looks like a great museum for the kids to enjoy!! We love heading to the ROM or the science centre in Toronto with our kids! The zoo is also a family favourite!

  20. That looks like a lot of fun, I love places that encourage you to play with things.

  21. I love hands on museums. Such a great learning experience and it looks like your kids had a blast!

  22. How fun! I really need to see if there is a museum like that here. My kids would love that! We have gone to the zoo once, but it’s been a while.

  23. How fun. It really looks like they enjoyed themselves and had a great time.

  24. So going there. Thanks for the pictures too. Great day u had.

  25. beautiful museum..would love to visit in this museum…:-)

  26. Anonymous says:

    You should try the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News VA if you are out this way. http://www.thevlm.org
    They have live animals and four Discovery Centers where children of all ages can play with real objects from nature. They even have a walk through cave with cave animals. My kids especially liked to howl to the red wolves and see if they would howl back!

  27. The more natural history museums I visit, the more I appreciate how each one is unique and different. I haven’t been to this one yet, but it looks great! I love how it includes lots of hands on activities and a movie.

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