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The Perot Museum of Science and Nature moved to a new location in December 2012. This new location is a hands on wonderland for children and adults alike. The learning opportunities are endless!
The museum has 5 levels of exhibits. the best thing to do is start at the top and work your way down to get the best experience.
The top floor houses the birds exhibit where you can build your own bird, learn how a bird flies (complete with flight simulation!), how a bird eats and so much more.You will leave this floor a veritable bird expert.
Head down to the next level where the dinosaurs and other prehistoric legends get together to teach you thing or two about prehistoric life. The dinosaurs graciously share this floor with the space exhibit. In all honesty, both of these exhibits are fairly small compared to other museums with similar exhibits but they have so much information and interactive displays that will teach you more than you could imagine. You certainly don’t feel like you are missing anything.
The Being Human Hall, the Engineering Center and the Dynamic Earth Hall all can be found on the next floor. In the Dynamic Earth Hall, you can touch a tornado, make weather predictions and learn all about water and wind forces. The Engineering Center was a huge hit with all of us as we got to build and operate our own robots (yep it was really as cool as it sounds). Last on this floor is the human body exhibit, it certainly didn’t disappoint with a state of the art look into the human body. The showstopper for our kids was the bio lab where they were given lab coats and goggles and turned into mad bioengineering scientists.
Next floor is the Discover Life floor, complete with lions, tigers and bears, oh my! This level is full of fossils, taxidermy specimens, 3D animations and interactive games that demonstrate how genetics and environment are shaping the next generation of plants and animals. Best part is creating your own virtual baby dragon and seeing how his genetics influence future dragons (told you this was an awesome museum!!!).
The lower level has the children’s area for 5 and under and the Sports Hall. The children’s area is the only thing that is typical in this museum. It has your basic grocery store, campground, and water play area. It is kept very clean and very heavily monitored to ensure no rogue velociraptors sneaking in. The Sports Hall is a lesson in body mechanics and motion. Can you run faster than a T-rex? You can find out in this exhibit. You can also race against a cheetah and some famous athletes. I loved that they taught how diet plays a role in keeping your body in peak condition.
I cannot say enough good things about all of these exhibits; they have taken interaction to a whole new level. Almost all of these exhibits are completely interactive and so educational. The best part is that the kids don’t even know they are learning! We had a blast here and will definitely be back!