Our day began at the NJ State Museum. . .while we waited for the rest of our group to arrive, we explored the Natural History exhibit.
My kids loved how there were exhibits you were "allowed" to touch. . .complete with small signs that said "Please Touch".
We were treated to some fascinating facts from Field Station: Dinosaur Exhibition paleontologists, (the first 20 years of dinosaur discover happened right here in New Jersey!)
Sang dinosaur songs with Sam the Dinosaur Troubadour,
And even got to meet a "real" T-Rex. . .Ryan loved this dinosaur experience, but Owen was less than thrilled with how "lifelike" the eyes and "voice" were. It was truly remarkable and such fun. If you have small children, be warned that this can be a bit "scary."
After all this excitement, we got to see a 3-D holiday laser light show in the planetarium. prior to the holiday themed music and show, we were treated to a look at what the sky looked like when George Washington crossed the Delaware River during the Revolutionary War. the laser light portion of the program was even in 3-D.
We even got to see the outer chamber of the Governor's office.
After our tour, Ryan participated in a Make a Law Program in the Visitor's Center where he learned how a bill becomes a law in NJ. He LOVED it and they even passed one. Owen and I walked back to the museum to check out the exhibits we hadn't seen in the morning.
It was a wonderful day - full of history and entertainment for both kids and adults.
If you go - both the NJ State Museum and the NJ State House are open to and free for the public. (there is even free parking) The planetarium has a fee to see their program.
catch you soon -