Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Natural History Museum of Utah | Giveaway

With the big kids in school all day, it has left a lot of alone time for me and Camilla. When I am not working, I take every chance I get to snuggle on her, take her on little dates, and just remember and relish in having only one child, even if it is for a few hours.

I recently had the most amazing morning with Camilla. I was thrilled when the Natural History Museum of Utah invited me back to see the finished product of their very fancy and very new museum. When I was a kid, I went to the old museum ONCE. It was during a field trip. Guess what? I LOVED it and I can remember almost everything about my experience there. I loved science, I loved learning and I still do.

The new Museum? Well, it is just awesome. Hands down. I can't really tell you, but I took time to take lots of photographs so that I can show you:



Please enjoy Camilla only wanting to be carried.



I adored the sketches on the walls in the Naturalist Lab section of the Museum. Here we learned about animals that live in Utah. The kids were fascinated as was I.













I really wish I had taken notes, however, between wrestling Camilla and my camera, I had no hands left, but I believe this little guy (or not so) is a bullfrog. Isn't he amazing?





I love the look on some of the kids faces. Some loved just looking, while others wanted to touch. (Even though they weren't able to touch the bullfrog, the Museum guide was very sweet with the kids and taught them a lot about this little guy and his habitat and things he likes to eat, and things that like to eat him.



One of the things I love most about the Museum is how hands on everything is. The Museum is completely inviting for children. There are games and exhibits for the kids right next to the ones for adults. What I love about this is that while I am reading about ancient life, my kids can be playing a game about ancient life, and I actually might get to read some of the things I would not be able to otherwise.

















I would guess that "Reading a Site" was Camilla's favorite part of the Natural History Museum of Utah experience. She got to run and jump and play and pretend to dig and discover. It definitely helped her burn off some energy, while I walked around the area and read a bit about what Reading a Site was all about.





















Okay, I lied, The Chickadee Society was most definitely Camilla's favorite.

What is The Chickadee Society you ask?
Kids ages 3-6 can go to the society held every Thursday from 10:30-11:00 a.m. Here, they read science themed stories. There are hands on activities with specimens from the Museum and the kids even get to meet live animals. Kids get to move and play just like the animals they are learning about. There is even a water feature where the kids can catch toy bugs.







Possibly my favorite part of the Museum was being able to stop and watch scientists and volunteers at work in the Paleo Prep Lab. It is always amazing to me to watch the technicians work with their tiny tools to unearth creatures and nature that lived so long ago. Amazing work.



Camilla loved playing with Emily's kids and laying in the giant dinosaur print.



Millie wasn't so sure about the glass floor at first, but it didn't take long for her to figure it out and to run, jump, and fall in love with it.







You want to know something really cool about this guy? He is made up of real fossils! When the structure was built to hold him, each of the fossils was made to hang in such a way that they can be taken off easily to study by scientists. How often do you see a dinosaur skeleton that is actually the real deal? I can tell you this was my first time and I was fascinated.









Can you see how much this little monkey loved the Museum?









The Natural History Museum of Utah has graciously offered one of my lucky readers a family four pack of tickets to see the Museum too! I am also including a little goodie bag of Natural History Museum swag to the lucky winner. I cannot wait to hear what you think about the beautiful new museum, and what your kids' favorite things were.

To enter:
  • Simply leave a comment telling me something you hope to see or learn at the Natural History Museum of Utah
For additional entries:
Please leave an additional comment for each entry as well as your email address. The winner will be contacted Thursday, November 1. 2012 via email.

***Disclosure: The Natural History Museum of Utah provided Camilla and me with tickets to a guided blogger tour, as well as a delicious lunch from their cafe. All they asked me to do is tell you, honestly, about my experience and to give away a family four pack of tickets so that one of my lucky readers could experience the fun too! As always, my opinions are accurate and my own.***

37 comments:

Erin and Eric said...

**I would love to learn about places to explore in Utah. I know there is so much to do here that I don't get out and explore in my own backyard.
**I'll take my four year old son. And two nephews.
**Still no facebook. I check your website all the time.
**Again, no facebook.

mrs. r said...

Hope to see DINOS at the museum, DUH!

mrs. r said...

Taking my boys in the adventure WHEN I win.

mrs. r said...

Like KOP on FB.

mrs. r said...

Like The Museum on The FB.

mrs. r said...

P.S. Not an entry, but if you don't know my email address my heart, I will weep. AND I could eat Zilly in that jean jacket all the live-long day.

Tara said...

I know my kiddos would want to see that slimey bull frog!

taralyn. parker @ gmail.com

Tara said...

I would take my three kids (and maybe my husband for crowd control).

taralyn. parker @ gmail.com

Holly said...

The digging part sounds like something Jackson would be into for sure! But you make it all sound pretty amazing.

Holly said...

We'd have to figure out a day when my husband could go too, so it would be me, him, Jackson....and some other lucky winner.

I guess if Jeremy couldn't go, it would be me, Jackson, my sister-in-law, and her 2 girls.

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Holly said...

I looked at some of your albums on FB, but I'll have to spend a whole lot more time to soak in all your awesome-ness!

smholly@hotmail.com

Holly said...

Okay, so I just found out from their FB page that they moved (I think) from where I remember going when I was little. They've got an amazing view!

Emily said...

This is a non-entry comment...

Your pics make me want to go back ASAP. That was such a fun day! And that Camilla makes me smile, especially when she's hanging upside down from a railing.

Barlow Family said...

I have never taken my kids there so they would love everything but I think the frog would be an absolute hit with my 4 year old.

Barlow Family said...

My kids would love just about everything but my 4 year old would particularly love the frog

The Barclay Family said...

I have 3 boys who would LOVE to go explore the new museum!

melissa_0902@hotmail.com

Also, I'm already a fan of Kim Orlandini Photography on FB, so 2 entries right ;)

Barb said...

I'm excited to take my boys there and let them explore! I want to learn more about the scientists working there- that's so cool!

AubreyJane said...

We would love to go and learn more about the dinos here in utah.

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AubreyJane said...

I would take my two year old twins and my hubby. It would be a fabulous family trip.

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AubreyJane said...

I checked out KOP facebook.

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AubreyJane said...

I checked out the NHM facebook.

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Cathy said...

We'd have to check out the dinosaurs for sure!

Cathy said...

If we win, my kiddos and husband will definitely be coming along.

Cathy said...

Like KOP on Facebook.

Cathy said...

Like NHMU on Facebook.

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Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

could have gone without the SPIDER picture.... I am so creeped out right now... My kids love learning about dinosaurs, animals and all things nature and science! They loved the old one and I'd love to take them to the new location! It looks amazing!

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

I'd take my kiddo's- prob the boys for a special mom/son date!

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

like YOU on FB!

Lindsey Johnson said...

I want to see all of it! :) I've been telling my kids about this museum and they are DYING to go.

Mareefer said...

I love to see the pinned insects and butterflies.

Mareefer said...

I would take me little nieces... they will love it!

Mareefer said...

Like KOP on FB.

Mareefer said...

Like The Museum on The FB.

Becky said...

My kiddos would love this. I would love to see the dinosaurs, animals, and my kiddos would love that frog.

Becky said...

Oh, I hope I win. I would take my girls. For sure.

Becky said...

I like KOP on Facebook.

Becky said...

I like the museum on Facebook.

I forgot to include my email address on my enteries.

beckyvilos @ hotmail .com