Last summer, my nephew Davis spent the weekend with me, and one of the things we did was go to the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC. I’ve been taking the boys to this museum for years – they love it and so do I. It’s a very large museum with both indoor and outdoor exhibits, and is a great place to hike around and take pictures!
Davis had just gotten a camera for his sixth birthday, so we were both snapping lots of shots that day.
We arrived right when the museum opened and decided to do the outdoor stuff first, and then go inside later when it got hot. First we walked through the “Farmyard” and saw all those animals, and next went to the “Explore the Wild” section where we were very lucky to see one of the four black bears taking a morning swim. We also visited the wolves and the lemurs.
Davis was very patient about posing for me. :)
Next we went to the Fossil Dig where there are shovels, sifters, and info cards so that you can ID your finds. Davis was thrilled to find a big Great White shark’s tooth. After that, we rode the train (a miniature old-timey locomotive) and then ate lunch.
Next up was my favorite part – the Magic Wings Butterfly house. Davis loves this place too, and he spent a lot of time trying to get a butterfly to land on his finger while I took photos of all the tropical plants and flowers. Then we went next door to the “Insectarium” which has lots of creepy crawly things (like tarantulas) that six-year-old boys love.
By this time it was getting hot so we went inside and visited the Carolina Wildlife section (snakes! owls! turtles!) and then the rock/quartz/crystal exhibits in the Geology section and then the Aerospace section.
Davis’ favorite part of the day was getting his face painted. He chose this design – it’s a Carolina Blue hulk.
Here he is the next morning and as you can see, most of the face paint had worn off on the bed sheets. I’m a very indulgent aunt. He didn’t want to wash his face before bed so I didn’t make him. He’s holding Maria the kitten who was SO much smaller then!
We had a lot of fun! I'm looking forward to going back to this great museum as soon as it gets a bit warmer around here.