The Natural History Musuem had stuff in it from animals and fuel to minerals and fossils. It was neat to walk in and see the huge dinosaurs and we even got to look at some shells with a fossil guy. We learned how to look at them to tell what kind of shell it was and he even taught us about why they looked the way they did for each animal.
Our dad's favorite part was the huge "clock" thing on the floor that has a pointer that swings from the celing knocking down a block every minute until it knocks them all down everyday.
We watched a movie about fuel and how we get it and what each kind does to and for our enviroment. Then we rode in an evelator thing down to where they were drilling for oil. It shook and rattled and then when they got the oil to flow it shot us back to the top. That was pretty cool. You could see the oil and rock layers through the windows.
We saw shiny gems like gold and stuff and we saw stuffed animals - not the kind you have on your bed - but like these used to be alive. Some were set up to look like they were chasing the other animals and that looked cool.
We chased down some McDonalds inside the Musuem for lunch too.
We even went down stairs and got to pretent to do the weather for the people that live in Houston. The monitor told us what to say about the weather and the map of the area on the monitor showed that bad weather was coming.
We actaully came to the musuem the day before but they were going to close soon. The people that worked there told us that the musuem was open late and that it was free Thursdays from 2-5PM. So we just made a plan to come back so that we could spend some more time.
The first thing that we saw was a big huge head and inside the exhibit we saw all of the parts of the person - including the ears and eyes and stuff of the big giant head. We learned about how the eyes work and what happens sometimes when they don't work that well any more. We tried to see how loud we could scream inside a room that measured decibles... our dad won that contest.
We looked at how everything works like the heart and the liver. We saw how the bones are connected and rode a bike that show what our skelton might look like when we rode. One of the coolest things was a quiz about things that you are, like can you roll your tounge or do you have blue eyes and freckles - it compared our answers to everyone else that had come to the musuem and taken that quiz. We are all so different becasue so many things make us who we are.
We really wanted to see the Star Wars stuff and that part cost extra, but we did it. We all love Star Wars and they had replicas and costumes and characters from each of the movies. Playing the games, like moving the robotic arms and setting up things from futuristic worlds, programming a robot like R2D2, and even taking a quiz game where you had to choose which super power you;d like to have for each situation - those were our favorites. The models and things were neat, but we all liked the parts where we got to do something
The musuem was cool, but it wasn't our favorite. I think that some of the things were a little too old for us to do and it was a much smaller musuem than like the Children's Musuem.
After watching the first episode of Nickelodean iCarly, where the main character decides to do a web show, my kids decided that they would like to do a "show". Choosing to share our experiences with others, sounded like a really fun idea.