Day Out: Yorkshire’s Jurassic World
The museum opens at 10am and we arrived for opening, having previously seen long queues later on in the day over the school holidays. We went straight in and got started! The first part of the exhibition contains several trays with fossils covered in rubber chips. The children can sift and clear these to reveal the fossils beneath. Little was particularly taken with this activity; he worked his way slowly around each tray, uncovering and burying each fossil! It was great to see that even the youngest children had been thought of.
Big found a worksheet and started completing the tasks in each area. There were also interactive displays which appealed to slightly older children; such as creating a map of how the continents had originally been joined together.
While we were going around the museum, we spotted a favourite book; Atlas of Dinosaur Adventures by Emily Hawkins and Lucy Letherland, which had been placed in a discovery basket with some toys along the way. A perfect choice; we love this book!
The last part of the exhibition was a virtual reality experience which children over 5 and adults could join in. We had to queue for a little while, but then Big had his chance to feed ‘Alan’, the sauropod whose vertebra was found at Scarborough in 1995. Big loved this; it was his first experience of VR or anything similar, really, and he was really excited about it afterwards.
Yorkshire museum contains a lot of artefacts and the staff were also brilliant. There were two tables set up with a member of staff at each one, to answer questions and show you items. You can even touch and hold some pieces; gold coins, a stone age axe, etc. This was really good; I love how museums are becoming more and more interactive and hands-on these days; it really helps to get a sense of what the objects were used for and why they are important. Here are some of the activities we found in the rest of the museum:
Overall, we had a great day, the museum itself and the dinosaur exhibition were both great. The prices were also reasonable to get in; £7.50 for adults and the children were free. It was clear that a lot of thought had gone into making it accessible for families with different aged children and there was lots to keep them engaged and interested as we made our way around.
Have you got a museum near to where you live? Are there activities for children to join in with there?