Top Five Destinations: New York City

Recently on a trip to Minneapolis, my six-year-old son and I were able to visit the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul. While we were there primarily for the dinosaur exhibit, we found much more to experience and enjoy at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

This theater is like IMAX on crack. This rare, giant screen is dome shaped and as you walk in to find your seat, you can view the screen moving into position. An interesting side note: the Science Museum of Minnesota building was built around this huge screen.

The dinosaurs were put out as an innovative way to advertise for the Oregon Zoo’s Prehistoric Predators exhibit. The animatronic raptor suppliers, located inside the zoo next to the sun bears, is a quarter-mile trail waking with animatronic, life-sized dinosaurs. Not only is it fun, but its educational, too, as kids can read about the dinosaurs at the zoo’s “discovery stations.” It is also a fun place to cool of on a hot day at the zoo as a few of the dinosaurs spit water at you.

Just spending time with children is precious and rewarding. Sometimes the kids are bored and are looking for something to do. So pile the kids into the car and take them out for the day, visiting a museum, is a great way to spend the day, eating in the cafeteria (if available) and browsing around the gift shop are fun activities too.

If you have ever stayed in London before, perhaps overnight or maybe for even longer, you will know how much there is to do there. It shouldn’t come as a major surprise to learn that lots of people book a hotel room so they can stay in the city overnight or longer at various times of the year. There are certainly plenty of reasons why you would want to do so.

The Museum of History also located on Edenton St is a bit more formal museum, but every bit as interesting. It has the manditory Flight Museum as well as a very nice Sports Museum Gallery. There is also at least one exhibit provided by a major pharmaceutical company with a real 18th century pharmacy model (full size). There are many other exhibits of life during the various periods of North Carolinas history. Thanks to the locating of NCs copy of the Declaration of Independence, there may soon be an additional display. For a history history buff this is a real treasure trove. I know that when I was in my middle school years this would have been a great place to spend the day.

You can easily find a museum not too far from your home. There are many listings on the Internet. Contact the museum or visit its website to see what cost are involved. You might drag grandpa along to help pay the bills.