Museum!!? I would call it a zoo. If you consider lots of live animals as a zoo you would too.
- Mineral Madness: All around the park there are tables set up. At each table there are high schoolers and they tell about their mineral and teach you about geology. Each table has its own kind of mineral. You get to bring home the minerals you collect. My favorite rock I got was the geode. Geode is a hollow rock which grows crystals in the middle after millions of years.
- “Live and on the Loose” Show: Two venomous animals being handled by humans a few feet away from us. A Gila Monster and rattlesnake to be exact.
I learned there are two types of rattlesnake bites: Accidental and non-accidental. Accidental is when someone is doing the right thing but might not be paying attention and steps on a rattlesnake and gets bit. A non-accidental is when someone sees a rattlesnake and decides to mess with it and gets bit. Most of the people who get non-accidental bites are male, teens and twenties, and have a higher TTR* than average.
* TTR is Tattoo to Tooth Ratio. My TTR is 0 to 22. What’s yours?
I think kids 7-9 would like this zoo/museum.
(Mom note: Mineral Madness happens one weekend a year. We just happened to hit it, but it was amazing. I can’t emphasize enough how great the high school docents were.)