From Sarah C.:
Looking to beat the heat or the rain? Head to one of my family’s favorite spots in the Triangle, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Through early September there is a special exhibit kids of all ages will enjoy – Dinosaurs in Motion.
The exhibit features about a dozen dinosaurs and two birds in large scale metal models. All of the models are interactive in some way. An exhibit staff member told me that any piece accessible without crossing the barriers is free to touch. That meant we gently pushed the tail on one dino and watched it swing back and forth; made the t-rex move by pulling on large handles; and used video game remote controls to make some dance.
At the end, visitors are invited to use their own creativity at 4 tables with various building components – blocks, magnetic shapes, gears and Zoob pieces.
Photography is not allowed in the exhibit. Thus, my single personal photo above is of the advertisement display located at the top of the escalator at the second floor. You can see photos in the NCMNS’s Dinosaurs in Motion set on Flickr to get an idea of what to expect. There are warnings that this exhibit might be too dark for some visitors and children under 5. D who is almost 4 had no problem. We didn’t see the NCMNS’s photos until after our visit and, personally, I think the photos make the exhibit appear darker than it actually was.
The NCMNS is offering Low-Sensory Days to permit visitors with sensory disorders to enjoy the exhibit. This might also be good if you think your child may find the general exhibit lighting too dark. From the NCMNS’s website: “the exhibit staff will have the house lights on, the music and noise turned down, and we’ll turn off any flashing lights within the exhibit.“ The remaining two dates are Tuesday, July 30 and Tuesday, August 27 from 10am-noon.
Since this is a special exhibit, tickets are required. The cost is free for NCMNS members; $10 for adults; $6 for children (3-12); $8 for students, seniors (65+) and military. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office inside the NCMNS, by calling or visiting their website. See contact information below.
Dinosaurs in Motion – now through September 8, 2013
Monday – Saturday 10a-5p; Sunday 12p-5p; open late on First Fridays and every Thursday
NCMNS Special Exhibits
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones St
Museum Box Office - 919.707.9950