Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Two Dollar Dinos

Not too far from my house is the "world's largest dinosaur museum". Sounds pretty cool, huh? The only problem is the ticket prices. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for kids. Isn't that crazy-expensive? Needless to say, we don't go there very often.

When we do go to the museum, it is usually on a Tuesday in August.
You are probably thinking, "Huh?!"

In August the dinosaur museum has $2 Tuesdays. Admission for anyone is $2. What an unbelievable deal, right? I am all about saving money while having fun, so we decided to go this year with a friend and her son.

Last year we tried to go, but the lines were insane. So this year I planned ahead and we arrived at the museum about 1/2 hour before they opened. We were amongst the first in line, and got right in when they opened. Good thing too! Check out the line when we left the museum a little over an hour later:

Here is the entryway and the front of the Museum. Not bad, right?
Ha! That's not the end of the line.

Yep. The line was starting to wrap around the building! You can't even really see the end of the line in this photo. I am glad we got there early because we had a fabulous time!

Not only do they have tons of dinosaur fossils to look at, they also have fun activities for the kids. Jonah's absolute favorite is the "Erosion Table". It has water, sand, plastic trees and plastic dinosaurs! What more could a boy want? We headed there first and spent some time there playing before it got crowded.

I even let Eli play at the erosion table. I hadn't ever let him play there before because I was afraid he will try to eat the sand. Surprisingly he did just fine.

Another favorite is the part where the kids get to "dig" for dinosaur bones. They use little paintbrushes to sweep the sand away from the bones. They had a blast!

I let Eli play in the sand again, thinking that he had done so well earlier. I guess being tempted with sand twice in one day was just too much for him because the next time I looked at him I got this:

Yummy. There's nothing quite like a mouth full of sand!

As you could probably guess, Eli's digging privileges were revoked after this.

The dinosaur museum was super fun! We may even go back the last Tuesday in August (next week). Hopefully it won't be quite as crowded because school starts this week!


  1. LOL...awww!! Were you able to get all the sand out??

    I know, those places are so expensive. It's worth it to go when they have those special deals! You were smart to leave extra early!

  2. Looks like a great place. love the last photo. Happy WW :O)

  3. It looks like they had a great time...thank goodness you got there early! That line is crazy!

  4. LOL! Of course he ate the sand! LOL Too funny.
    That looks like an awesome museum, although those lines are NUTS!

    Happy WW!

  5. I would love to have a place like that close to us....except for the line ups! WOW!

    And the sand eating pic......ADORABLE!

  6. He really had a mouthful of sand? Oh NO! That museum looks absolutely incredible.

  7. Sounds like a very cool place to visit!!

  8. Thanks for inviting us to join you. My son wants to go back already.

  9. On the positive side, he did get a good dose of organic fiber! ;o)|


  10. Glad you got there early - WOAH!

    And glad your little dude got his sand fix! tee hee... ; )

  11. Museums are almost cost prohibitive. Good for you for finding a way to make it work!

  12. Wow. Those lines are amazingly long. Guess it goes to show everyone likes a good deal. The pictures are adorable!

  13. with that kind of line, I don't think I'd be going. ever.....