The Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point exhibits the world's largest display of mounted dinosaurs with hands-on acitivities including an erosion table and fossil dig.
Great handson museum. Children can touch fossils, bones, eggs and more. This is the world's largest dinosaur exhibit. There are a ton of hands-on displays and it is very educational! Once a month you can even have a slumber party at the dinosaur museum. Children can also watch a real palentology lab in person! This is a fabulous museum and the children will love it!
The dinosaur museum at Thanksgiving Point is an expensive place to go. However, if you are able to use coupons or other special discounts, it is worth seeing. My 5 year old son liked it and could have spent hours in the hands-on sections, where you can dig in sand. With older kids, you could actually spend a lot of time reading and learning. So maybe not the place for an on-the-go kid, but great for slightly older kids who are big dino fans!
No they are not, but the dinosaur replicas are amazing. Our family enjoyed seeing the life-size replicas of all sorts of dinosaurs. There were also plenty of games and other displays. No need to worry about keeping your children from running around and being a little wild. The place is spacious, lively, and generally free of hazards for children. Great, fun place!!!
When you go to the museum of ancient life at Thanksgiving Point, you will see some amazing fossils. What the kids really enjoy are the interactive exhibits. The largest is an indoor little splash river that the kids play in with their hands. The idea is for the kids to learn about erosion as there is also sand and plastic dinos in the water.
I think the ticket prices are a little much for what it's worth. It is fun and there is a lot to learn. It would probably be worth the money if I had older kids and they were learning lots from everything. But my two year old just likes to look at stuff, not a lot for her to "learn." There are a lot of fun hands on exhibits that she loves to do. We spend most of our time at them. But they can get pretty crowded.
This is a great museum, but full price tickets are expensive. We only go on $2 Tuesdays in August, but it is very crowded and parking is hard to find. My kids (4 and under) don't really care much about the artifacts and bones, but they love the areas where children can play and explore. There's a sand/water erosion exhibit that's awesome, a build-a-dinosaur sculpture, bones puzzle, and toyroom with plastic dinosaurs. At the end there's a sand exhibit where children can dig out dinosaur bones. LOVE that it's at the end because they get so dirty, and since they never want to leave that room!
What a great place to spend an afternoon or evening! Plenty to see and learn about dinosaurs. My kids love the hands on activities (water +sand), digging for dinosaur bones. The dinosaurs they have on display are amazing and if you actually have time to read some of the information, it's quite educational. We've gone here 4 times and the kids are happy to play and I'm happy that they learn something new everytime! The place is clean well cared for. Go! Your kids will love it!
Our family really enjoyed the Museum of Ancient Life. Our kids are really into dinosaurs, and loved seeing all of the different dinosaur bones. The main dinosaur that stretches across the whole main hall was really cool to look at. I love how kid friendly the museum is, with different hands on exhibits they can participate in. The only negative for the museum is the admission price, which I think is way too high.
My 2 year old daughter loves this place! We've been mostly on 2 Buck Tuesdays in the summer when it's super crowded, but we don't mind the crowds. The museum is very well done, with lots of hands on exhibits for kids, a water table station, digging for fossils in sand. The kids have a blast! I wish it were a little more spacious, especially in the sand area at the end, but other than that it's great.
If you're looking for dinosaur fun close to the big city, this is the place to go. There are lots of dinosaur bones for the children to play with. We love going here in the summer when they do their $2 days. In the past it's been on Tuesdays and you can choose a Thanksgiivng Point Activity to do for $2. I'm all about cheap fun!
This Museum is perfect size for all ages. it's small enough you can go through in a matter of hours or, large enough you can take as much time as you want or have. We love walking underneath the giant dino bones and looking through the windows at paleontologist's latest work! They have fossil galore and displays of extinct animals native to this area. The sand and water table area and dinosaur digging sandboxes are kids favorites!
This is a great museum for the first time. The kids went through the whole place in less than an hour in subsequent visits. For the price I don't think it is worth it unless you hit it up in August when they are doing their $2 Tuesdays. There are a few interactive displays including some water tables and at the end there is an archaeological dig the kids can play in.
My boys love seeing the dinosaurs here. My family recently bought a pass here and have been many times. The highlight for our family is the sand and water areas. Young children can play for a long time and get out their energy here. The skeletal dinosaur display is impressive and the children's discovery area at the entrance is fun for children as well. We will continue to be regular visitors to this museum because it is so child friendly.
There are several museums in Utah where you can see dinosaurs including a small Paleontology Museum on BYU campus (next to the stadium), the Natural History Museum of Utah at the U of U campus, one in Vernal, one in St. George, etc--but Thanksgiving Point has the best set up by far. There are many kid friendly activities--an exploration room at the very start, an errosion set up with sand, and a "build your own dinosaur" area. The rooms are very large so it doesn't get too crowded around individual displays. You can move slowly and take several hours, or move more quickly through your favorite displays. Thanksgiving Point offers family memberships as well as many special activities every month. It's a wonderful place I visit over and over. I always see something new I didn't notice before!
My son has always loved the "Dinosaur Museum," as he calls it. There are a great variety of dinosaurs to look at and activities for kids of varying ages. He is fascinated by the tunnel through space, and thoroughly enjoys both the wet and dry sand areas. Our only complaint is it's a bit pricey, or we would go more than once a year.
I try to take my young children (both under 5) here at least once a year. In August they usually have $2 admission on Tuesdays. It does bring a crowd, but to me is worth the savings. This is really a great museum and I was impressed with how much there was to see there. When I first saw the building I was sure it was just a gimmicky attraction, but after going I really consider it a museum that will inspire all. It covers many aspects of dinosaurs including: how their fossils are found, ancient life, lots of skeletons, a great water table, and hands on learning. I would plan on being there about an hour to an hour and a half.
We LOVE this Dinosaur Museum!!! They just have so many great things for the kids to keep bust they have a ton of dino bones. They also have a really fun place where you can dig in water and sand and build your own little dinosaur village, they have a place were you can build your own dinosuar out of a ton a different peices and at the very end you can dig for bones.
We LOVE this Dinosaur Museum! We pass it a few times a year on the freeway and see the huge dinosaur painted outside. BUT it's like $12 per adult and $8 per child, so feasibly our family of 7 would be spending a pretty penny to go here. We went last year during August when it was only $2 per person, and the price for that is that it took about 20 minutes to get in and then all the activity tables were VERY crowded. BUT for the inexpensive month it was worth it to us. (Just go early in the morning or LATER in the day when it's less crowded). There are TONS of interactive things for the kiddos to do and it is COOL! There are sand tables and digging sand spots and things to touch! They dinorsaurs looks so well-made and very cool in their "environments". We will be back (next August!)
They have a lot of things to look at, and things to do. The place is actually a pretty good size. They also have things called mammoth screens and the screens are 50 feet high or something rather. They have tons of dinosaur things to look and play with, we liked it.
This dinosaur museum has tons of stuff the keep kids busy. One of the favorites was a water station that they could build things in. There was also a room with sand that they could dig around in to see what they could find. In addition to those things there was a lot of information on dinosaurs and dinosaur bones to look at.