For my niece’s eleventh birthday I decided to take her and my younger niece to the Chinasaurs exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science. I was excited to find that they were quite interested in checking it out and thought it would be a great opportunity to have fun while teaching them about evolution, archeology, genetics and biology, etc.
The Chinasaurs exhibit was the most interesting and thorough, displaying various dinosaur skeletons, bone fragments, imprints, eggs and other remains from the Far East. It featured a few animatronic dinosaurs, one of which appeared to wave at you, exciting my nieces. The birthday girl later told me this exhibit was her favorite part of our museum visit.
Next, the pair got to participate in a mock dig for remains, shoveling sand and brushing it away to discover buried bones. Following this, their knowledge of the likeness of other species to our own was tested. The older of the two was surprised to find that the DNA of a chimpanzee is less than two percent different from that of humans.
I highly recommend a visit to the museum, especially for anyone who wants to expose children to different areas of science and potentially inspire their curiosities. I find it important to encourage children’s interests and provide them with fun learning opportunities such as this.
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