It was a cold dreary day when we decided to check out the newly-renovated Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, but it was definitely well worth the trip!
The weekend that we visited was also the same weekend as the nearby Fort Worth Stockshow and Rodeo, so the area was experiencing more traffic than usual. There was lots of assistance with parking and finding a close spot to the museum was not much trouble at all.
We entered the museum at the admissions counter along with several other families. The museum also houses an IMAX theater and planetarium with shows that run about every thirty minutes. Adult admission is $14 and $10 for children and there are special pricing options that include the theater experiences.
The museum is bright and colorful, and very open. My toddler enjoyed being able to roam through the halls and take in the exciting aesthetics such as a unique chandelier composed of different household items like chairs, buckets, and bicycles in the lobby.
Broken up into different areas, the first area we visited was “Dream Time,” a place for children of all ages to play and learn from different settings. My son really enjoyed playing with the gears and making different patterns. Other children were making tornado balloons out of coffee filters, small cups, and pipecleaners to be sent up a tube of air. Elsewhere older kids were creating elaborate forts out of wood and tinkered with computers.
“Tinkering” an area of colorful puzzles and learning stations offered something for all ages. My husband enjoyed the tinker toys, a throwback to our childhood, just as much as the kids were. This room also housed a neat shadowbox area, which flashed your shadow every few minutes against the wall. There were lots of future models coming in and out of that room flashing their best runway poses!
Also in “Dream Time” was a dark room, featuring light brights, glow pens, and other glow-in-the dark fun. My son loved to trace shapes with the glow pens and provided stencils. Now that is a non-messy craft that I wouldn’t mind having around the house!
We spent the majority of our afternoon playing and hanging out in the Fort Worth Children’s Museum area. This area is designed for children eight and younger, and definitely delivers. There were five areas sectioned off including play grocery and hospital settings, toy train tracks, two balance beams, and a little kid’s area with push toys. This area also had a special “mom’s room” with a comfy chair and changing station for added comfort for nursing moms. My son really loved playing in the mock ambulance and with the x-ray machines in the hospital, and also with play cash register and play foods. A helpful and friendly staff helped facilitate this area. Image Credit
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Next, we walked through the DinoDig and Lab area. I was very impressed with all of the information and background on dinosaurs that was provided. Parents and children got the inside scoop on real dinosaurs that were uncovered in the North Texas area. One of the most learning stations at the museum was in this area, the “create your own dinosaur” allows visitors to pick every aspect of their very own dinosaur from size to color. When we got home my son couldn’t wait to pull out his play dinosaurs, so we definitely felt inspired.
Another area that really involved all five senses was Energy Blast, an extensively impressive interactive learning exhibit that included a 3-D movie, scaled down natural gas-rig, work station, and tons of information about natural gas in North Texas. It was great to get more information on this topic since we hear so much about it. I was wowed at the amount of detail that was put into this exhibit.
Also a region specific exhibit, the Cattle-Raisers Museum, noted as the “museum within a museum” provided tons of information and fun exhibits about cattle raising and ranches in the North Texas area. As a non-native it was interesting to learn more about the history of the area.
After that we decided to grab a quick bite to eat in the Stars Café. A moderately-priced diner decked out in the same modern colorful style of the museum.
Next, we wondered into the CSI: The Experience exhibit. An awesome adventure for fans of the show and those alike, this exhibit allows visitors to be the forensic expert and put their best detective skills to the test. My husband and I definitely enjoyed this “adult-friendly” exhibit.
I am definitely looking forward to returning to the museum again soon. This is a great option for the entire family and all ages. A stop at a nearby Dairy Queen made this wonderful afternoon complete!
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is located at 1600 Gendy Street Fort Worth, Texas 76107, open daily 10am-5pm. For more information please visit: www.fwmuseum.org.
Stefanie R is a Texas transplant from the East Coast with a passion for writing and all things creative. She is working mother to a one year old son, but often finds herself wearing several hats during the day including wife, friend, and raconteuring desk jockey. She blogs regularly atwww.ragstoritz.blogspot.com