On Friday we took Tyler in to New York City for the first time. If you want my take on it, you can go here. This post is about how the trip went for Tyler. We decided to go to the Museum of Natural History where they were having some special exhibits, including the biggest dinosaurs ever discovered (way bigger than your average T-Rex) and a frog exhibit.
It was fun seeing Tyler experience everything from going on a train to looking at the huge buildings to seeing where Spider-Man fights crime to taking a mad dash taxi to the museum.
Tyler was not so excited to see the exhibit on Early Man, although he did enjoy seeing the brains of different types of animals, including humans. I was amazed by how he picked up on me telling him about the exhibit and that he was able to explain it to Grant perfectly. So were the people around us! Yes, my child learned something!
There was a lot of whining going on during the exhibit on Minerals and Gems. After lunch we went to see the largest dinosaurs ever discovered.
This was geared for children so Tyler really enjoyed this. Just as his father is in museums, he became obsessed with certain parts of the exhibit. They showed a movie on the dinosaur about how it breathed, where it’s organs were and how it reproduced that Tyler made us sit through three times.
After that exhibit came the hundreds of dinosaur bones and other animals that we thought would wow Tyler. But these are just a bunch of bones! You’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Tyler told us he was tired and didn’t want to see any of this stuff! So while Grant walked around we parked my wheelchair and Tyler sat on my lap and played games on my iPhone. Here we are, in the greatest Natural History museum in the world and Tyler is playing with Talking Ben! The mind boggles! I guess he is a true child of this techno world we are living in.
Then we went to the gift shop. The shop is three floors long but we just stayed on the first floor. There was any kind of dinosaur toy or book you could ask for, tons of cool puzzles and games, but Tyler wanted…Lego. Yes, the kind you could buy in Target or Toys ‘R Us. I looked at the price, it was double what we pay where I live and refused him. That’s all he wanted, except for a lollipop, which was a really cool lollipop. So we rested while Grant explored the entire gift shop.
After this respite we went to see the Frog exhibit. Grant and I had no idea what this exhibit would be like but it turned out to be frogs from all over the world in their natural habitat. We all thought it was pretty cool, especially the most beautiful frogs you have ever seen in your life…that can kill you! How awesome is that?
After that we were all ready to call it a day. We had probably visited only about 25% of the museum, we had not even touched the planetarium area. Tyler having the attention span of a five-year-old matched Grant and I s’ exhaustion level perfectly.