How To Have Fun At The Natural History Museum When You’ve Been There 12 Times This Month

How To Have Fun At The Natural History Museum When You’ve Been There 12 Times This Month

So, what do you do when you have to go back to the Natural History Museum….again?

Sometimes parents have to get creative. We may be inspired to do so with insistent children or forced to due to lack of funds. Whatever the case, it can lead to some really great ideas. No one is clear on who said, “Necessity is the mother of invention”, but he hadn’t met this mom.  

So, what do you do when you have to go back to the Natural History Museum….again? You plan ahead and think outside of that pre-historic box. A scavenger hunt. You will need:

1.    A camera – digital or Polaroid, as long as the pictures can be seen instantly by the judges.

2.    A map – This requirement can help your little explorers find their way around or it can be the answer to their question. How many bathrooms are there on the third floor? Can you reach the T Rex on the 1st floor without passing through the History Courtyard?

3.    Clipboards – A clipboard, paper and a few pens or pencils is always helpful on a scavenger hunt.

4.    Clues – This is the fun part. Take notes on prior visits or go online. How many steps is it from the Territorial Jail to the Exploration Station? Make your kids use all their resources to solve your clues. Math skills, the power of deduction, memory, and even manners by asking politely for help.

If your children are old enough and you feel comfortable, set yourself up in the lobby or café and let them have at it, alone or in pairs. Younger children can find things together with you tagging along and offering assistance where needed. Remember no running, yelling or disturbing other patrons.