I’ve been wanting to visit the Perot Museum of Nature and Science since it opened (just a short time ago, in December). Unfortunately, the constant barrage of illness in this household has restricted our ability to get out and do stuff, so visiting the museum is one of those fun things that we had shelved until everyone was well again.
We have visitors in town from California, and are all relatively healthy, and we decided that this would be a great time to visit the museum. This past Friday, we finally made it down to Dallas to check it all out.
Luckily, we had checked online for museum information before heading to Dallas. It turns out the museum is a very popular place, and tickets are selling out, even for members. We bought our tickets online the day before we attended, and it was a good thing we did…tickets are sold for different time slots, and the morning slots were all sold out. Our tickets were for entry to the museum at 11 AM.
When we arrived, it was already swarming with people (there were probably 20 school buses in the parking lots). We parked across the street from the museum…it was $3 to park, and there was a ten-minute line…to pay for parking.
I’m not really one for waiting in long lines or dealing with large crowds when I don’t have to (especially with two small children attached to me), but in this case, it all turned out to be worth it…we had a great day.
The kids were excited from the get-go. Outside of the museum, they were able to play music on giant xylophones and run around bright green frog statues. And it only got better from there…as soon as we entered, they were thrown into sensory overload (so many things to look at! so much to watch! so much going on!)…and that was before we even visited the exhibits!
We spent most of our time in the dinosaur exhibits and the Moody Family Children’s Museum (located on the bottom floor).
The dinosaur exhibits were the highlights of Jack’s day (life, maybe?). We had to pry him away from the skeletons and replicas and fossils — in fact, the only way we were able to get him out without tears was to suggest we visit the outer space exhibit to see if they had any information on asteroids.
We spent about an hour in the “big” exhibits and then headed down to the children’s museum.
The children’s museum was *perfect* for the kids. They played with boats on the water table, climbed and built (hard hats optional!) with giant blocks in the Dallas cityscape/play structure, and stocked the “grocery store” with fresh produce (technically, made of wood).
The kids had so much fun, it was hard to convince them it was time to leave…and really, if the grown-ups hadn’t been starving, we might have stayed another hour or so. There was certainly *tons* of stuff to see — we barely scratched the surface of the exhibits.
There is a cafe on-site. I didn’t try it, but it looked like they had plenty of healthy options. Ticket prices were reasonable – $15 for adults, $10 for children and free for kids under 2. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. And despite the large crowds, I didn’t feel rushed, or feel like we were missing out on anything.
Be sure to check out the website before you go – I just took a peek and tickets are SOLD OUT for tomorrow – this is definitely something you’d want to know before packing up and heading over to the museum!
There is something for everyone at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science…I hope you’ll check it out!