If your kids are crazy about Legos, but you can’t handle the drive, the crowds or the money it costs to visit the new Legoland Discovery Center in Grapevine Mills, then there is a smaller, less expensive option for you: the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science is hosting a Dallas Cityscape exhibit from now until August 28th.
Huge depictions of some of Dallas’ best known buildings, including the big ball, the neon green building, the red courthouse castle, and American Airlines Center, are in the midst of an alien invasion, but the big payoff for kids is in the back of the exhibit room: three big bins of Lego parts for them to create with. These aren’t your average lego bricks, either (cause we have PLENTY of those at home!), but include arches, parts of boats, clear bricks and interesting shapes like those the designers used to build the exhibit. This exhibit is particularly good for families with smaller children since the exhibit is enclosed and the building area is very easy to keep in view.
Dallas CityScape will be open to the public in the Nature Building at the Museum of Nature and Science from July 30 – August 28, 2011. The MNS Nature Building is located at 3535 Grand Avenue, Fair Park in Dallas. Cost for the exhibit is free with museum admission which is $10 for adults, $7 for children ages 2-11 (free for under 2), $9 for students and seniors. The Museum is open from Monday-Saturday 9:30am-6pm and Sunday Noon-6pm. For more information, please visit the Museum of Nature and Science website.
Don’t forget to check out the other great exhibits in both the Nature building and the Science building too, including the Dallas Children’s Museum, a Dinosaur “dig” area, and a very cool bubble area. If you have kids school age, be sure to check out the working dino lab in the basement of the Nature building, where kids can see actual fossils being unearthed from rock for study. There is also an IMAX theater and a very small planetarium for an extra fee (the planetarium is VERY small and in bad shape… I don’t recommend it).