For Christmas, Wifey and I each gave our older kids punch cards good for a one-on-one date with us each month. Today, I took Bubba on his January Daddy/Son Outing. I took him to the Heard Museum, which is a pretty small nature museum in a town nearby, but they usually have a pretty cool exhibition or two that is fun for the kids, and it’s not crazy expensive. For the past few months, they have had an exhibit called “Dinosaurs Live!”, featuring an outdoor walking tour populated by animatronic dinosaurs.
Before you become too impressed, I should mention that this exhibit is nothing like the huge Walking with the Dinosaurs show that tours the country (which I would love to go to but I just can’t sacrifice the kidney needed to pay for it). These dinos keep their feet in one place, but move their arms, heads, and some even their torsos and make fairly canned roaring noises. BUT, we had a great time. And despite knowing that the dinos were robots, Bubba still ran away in fear several times (watch the video below to see it!) so they must have been convincing enough for him. My only other complaint is that I wish that there had been a few more dinosaurs that people have actually heard of. Bubba is a pretty severe dino-dork, and he hadn’t seen or heard of 7 of the 10 bots displayed, and neither had I. But we learned about them and were frightened of them just the same.
As an added bonus, the other major exhibit at the Heard was about bugs, so we got to see quite a few tarantulas, Giant and Madagascar cockroaches, scorpions, beetles, and a wide variety of stickbugs.
The coolest bug, in my opinion, was the katydid, which blended in so completely with its habitat, that I couldn’t find it. After I had given up, Bubba shouted “There it is!” and pointed right at it…directly where I had been looking. It was super-cool.
So, our first daddy/son outing of the year was a great success! We laughed, no one cried, and there were no regrets. I was a good dad today!