The Perot Museum of Nature and Science recently invited me to attend its annual Holiday Family Blogger Day, and I was thrilled for the chance to get a sneak peek of all the new holiday happenings at the museum. Dallas-area friends, if you haven’t had a chance to make it out to the Perot Museum this holiday season, there’s still plenty of time to experience what’s new—including the newest mammoth, the Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence traveling exhibit (here through Feb. 21) and four new 3-D National Geographic films.
I was most excited to see Ellie May, the nearly intact and pristine Columbian mammoth discovered in an Ellis County gravel pit in May 2014 (hence where she got her name). I came across this video about the excavation process while I was reading about it, and it’s amazing to see how complete her skeleton was when it was uncovered!
We got the chance to hear from Perot Museum CEO Colleen Walker at the event, followed by Dr. Ron Tykoski (the museum’s paleontologist and fossil preparator) about his experience working to preserve the new mammoth from start to finish.
Here’s a partial view of Ellie May in her new home on Level 3 of the Perot Museum. She was around 8 to 9 feet tall at the shoulder and is anywhere from 20,000 to 60,000 years old! One of the coolest features of the display is that her skeleton is presented in a unique way to allow museum guests to see her as she appeared at the excavation site. It was neat to be among the first to see her in her new home before the museum officially debuted her at “Meet Your Mammoth Day” the following weekend.
The dinosaur exhibit is always one of the best parts! I remember being so in awe of them when I visited nature and science museums as a child.
The dinosaurs and other fossils were fascinating to see and still my favorite part, but if you have a little one, the real gem of the Perot Museum is the Moody Family Children’s Museum. There is so much to do in this play area alone, and my son would have spent all day playing in there if he could. It’s the perfect spot for the 5 and under crowd to explore.
The miniature Dallas skyline is adorable. Kids can climb up a replica Reunion Tower and slide through the child-size city of replica buildings.
C especially loved the small-scale Dallas Farmers Market. He had a blast “driving” the big blue delivery truck and loading up his shopping basket with fruits and veggies. (How cute are those little farmers market aprons?!)
There’s also a sensory-rich baby and toddler park, an art lab, an indoor nature hike, indoor water play and a dinosaur dig in the outdoor sand pit. The Children’s Museum was our first stop, and we eventually had to distract C long enough to get him out of there so we would have time to visit all the other floors!
The Perot Museum has 11 permanent exhibit halls spanning from sports to robots and from wildlife ecosystems to the solar system. You can check them out here before your visit for an overview of what the museum has to offer.
I could have spent all day exploring the Perot Museum, but you know how little ones need their nap times. I’ll be planning a trip back soon to get a more in-depth look at some of the exhibits I only got a quick glimpse of. If you’re heading to Dallas, definitely plan to spend some time there during your stay. It’s one of the great attractions in our area. Visit the Perot Museum’s website for additional information on hours and directions, tickets, programs and events, special exhibits, memberships and more.
A big thank you to the Perot Museum for hosting my family at this event and providing my readers with an opportunity to enjoy the museum as well! If you missed it last week, I held a 24-hour flash giveaway on Facebook for two winners to each receive two tickets (see winning announcement here). If you clicked on both of those Facebook links, you know that I still have four more tickets to give away! Enter below for your chance to win!
Two (2) winners will each receive two (2) tickets for admission to the Perot Museum and the Creatures of Light exhibition ($52 value per set of adult tickets). Tickets are valid from Jan. 11–Feb. 21, 2016.
This giveaway begins at 12 a.m. CST on 12/29/15 and ends at 12 a.m. CST on 1/4/16. All entries will be verified. Winners will be randomly selected and announced here. The winners will also be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond. If there is no response in the timeframe provided, a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!
UPDATE: Giveaway closed. Thanks to everyone who participated and entered! The winners were selected from the 48 total entries through Rafflecopter using random.org. Congratulations to … Kimberly T. and Corie R. for their winning entries. I hope you both enjoy the Perot Museum as much as we did!