Dino Island and Miami Children’s Museum

Last night the boys and I got a sneak peak at the new dinosaur exhibit at the Miami Children’s Museum.  It opens today and will run until the beginning of January. 

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Apparently, this is a second run exhibit.  We missed the first a few years ago; I’m not even sure my kiddos were born at that time.  I was disappointed when I heard about it, so I’m very glad they brought it back.  Every child should have the chance to see a dinosaur exhibit of some kind when they are in the 4-8 age bracket.  After last year’s dinosaur party, my kids have definitely grown more and more fascinated by these prehistoric creatures.

Here are some snapshots of our night. 

Shhh… Don’t tell anyone, but we partied like paleontologists a full hour past bedtime!

Max and Jack rock the step-and-repeat in their favorite dino shirts.

Max and Jack rock the step-and-repeat in their favorite dino shirts.

You enter the exhibit through a time machine that bursts a crazy light show.

You enter the exhibit through a time machine that bursts a crazy light show.

 

And are immediately eaten by a scary T-Rex!

And are immediately eaten by a scary T-Rex!

He's actually quite cool.  He moves around before lowering his head and opening his jaw, allowing me to taunt him until he showed his teeth.

He’s actually quite cool. He moves around before lowering his head and opening his jaw, allowing me to taunt him until he bared his teeth.

 

My boys would have been afraid of this a year ago, but the LOVED it now.

My boys would have been afraid of this a year ago, but they LOVED it now.

There are several small, interactive stations.  this one allows kids to build their own dinosaur by switching out heads and tails.

There are several small, interactive stations.  This one allows kids to build their own dinosaur by switching out heads and tails.

 

I impressed another mom by knowing this was a dimetrodon.

I impressed another mom by knowing this was a dimetrodon.

These little hatchings move as a protective mama stands guard.

These little hatchings move as a protective mama stands guard.

 

This robot dino's movement is controlled by kids!  You can even move his eyeballs.

This robot dino’s movement is controlled by kids! You can even move his eyeballs.

I love rubbings!  They have several very high quality ones for kids to do.

I love rubbings! They have several very high quality ones for kids to do.

 

This was my favorite part of the exhibit: head...

This was my favorite part of the exhibit: head…

...to tail.

…to tail.

 

The evening also had a rather unhealthy dinner with these cute tables.  Hey MiChiMu! Some of us are herbavores!

The evening also had a rather unhealthy dinner with these cute tables. Hey MiChiMu! Some of us are herbivores!

It ended with a show.  After almost eating mamaguru, who foolishly sat in the front row.  All the kids were invited to come up and dance with the T-Rex to the song, "Everybody Walk the Dinosaur."

It ended with a show. After almost eating mamaguru, who foolishly sat in the front row, all the kids were invited to come up and dance with the T-Rex to the song, “Everybody Walk the Dinosaur.”  Max rushed the stage first and my heart swelled for the growth in my formerly shy boy.

Since the weather right now is awful in Miami, I expect every child in South Florida will go and see this exhibit.  If your kids can’t get enough dinosaurs or you don’t live near an exhibit, check out these fun dinosaur activities you can do at home.

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