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27 July 2009

Icon_superoo_orangeSuperoo '11, '12, '13

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About Me & My Family

We are a family of 5. We love to travel and to see new things. We look for a educational experience in everything we do and my we do a lot. Our kids are so used to being on the go that they have tremendous stamina. We try to plan 2 large trips every year and supplement them with weekend get-aways, staycations and a day jaunt now and again. Our kids are always wondering what the next spot will be.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, energetic
We Just Got Back From
New Hampshire Grand and Vermont
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Rhode Island beaches
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Africa
Favorite Vacation Memory
Watching the kids lug their car seats through the airport on their first plane ride.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Two of my kids got lost at a campground in Yellowstone. My 9 year old son took his 6 year old sister on a walk to the restroom 4 sites down and couldn't find their way back. We ended up reporting them missing at the camp check in and then the search began. I was afraid of them being abducted, but also of the Grizzlies which were out in full force that summer due to the late melt. It was the worst 45 minutes of our lives. A fellow camper overheard my husband relay the story to the camp personnel and she recognized them as she returned to her site 7 loops away from ours. The ranger was called and returned them safely to us. The employees were great and it was a happy ending to a potential disaster.
Websites I Like:
hotwire, tripadvisor, Trekaroo

New Museum Exhibits for 2012 in Massachusetts

Take the kids to one of these exhibits this summer and check out the rest of what the museum has to offer.

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1 Science Park
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Comment:
A new IMAX film To the Arctic arrived 4/20. This is a tale of survival with polar bear protaganists.


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21 Edwards Street
Springfield, Massachusetts

Comment:
Frogs are here through 5/13/2012

reviewed on: August 21 2009

"changing exhibits"
The kids have enjoyed going to this museum (ages 7,7,4) and the different exhibits they bring in. The planetary section always seems to catch their interest the most. The sculpture garden outside is interesting because many of the Dr. Suess characters are familiar to them and those they are not familiar with they ask to read about. A good day diversion. Check if you are a memeber of your local museum,they may have a reciprocity agreement and you may not have to pay to enter.

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300 Congress Street
Boston, Massachusetts

Comment:
Featuring an exhibit about size called Big and Little including some supersized basketball shoes!!


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577 Great Neck Road
Mashpee, Massachusetts

Comment:
Through the Eye of an Eagle..a childrens healthy diet and diabetes exhibit opening soon.


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26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Comment:
Mollusks: Shelled masters of the Marine Realm. Take a peek at snails ,clams squid and other invertabrates.

reviewed on: July 05 2012

"Great Exhibits"
My children (ages 10, 10 and 7) recently visited the Harvard Museum of Natural History on the boundaries of Harvard yard.
The Museum has been undergoing multi-million dollar renovation projects over the past few years to modernize the exhibits and the feel of the museum. Recently the Fishes Gallery and Mollusks exhibits have been completed. This has been quite an undertaking as they increase the appeal of the museum to more people. I will say our family had a great time and wished we had more time to check out the exhibits and head to the Peabody section before our scheduled departure time, but the kids had too much interest in scoping out their individual favorite picks.
My 7 year old daughter was completely enthralled with the minerals exhibit. We HAD to examine each case and pick out a favorite. We have been to a few of these exhibits, but I will say this is the most well-lit, easily viewed one we have encountered. It made it that much more kid-friendly.
My 10 year old son enjoyed the Language of Color exhibit. Two weeks later he is still talking about his new appreciation of the function of the eye and color interpretation. He is amazed that his cat Spooky sees items differently than he does and has taken to experimenting with this idea.
My 10 year old future entomologist enjoyed the Arthropods exhibit and all of the animal displays (12,000 specimens takes a bit of time to view), but seemed to like the New England Forest Gallery the most. Here she was able to immerse herself in a microcosm of her own backyard and study the creatures she has grown to love.

This is not to say that we did not enjoy the remainder of the museum, because we certainly did. The 42 foot long fossil skeleton of the pre-historic Kronosuarus was amazing as were the remainder of the animal galleries. One gallery that I most enjoyed was the internationally acclaimed exhibit: Glass Flowers. This unbelievable exhibit is full of intricate glass flower reproductions produced by father/son team Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka between 1887 and 1936 and have been on display at the museum since. The pieces are extremely life like in size and detail. Also included are examples of enlarged cross-sections. Even the kids were amazed these flowers were made of glass.
A majority of the exhibits here are best appreciated by older kids in my children’s age range. However, younger kids will delight in the gems, the taxidermy specimens, the fossils, and a smattering of live species like a tarantula found throughout the exhibits. Keeping this younger set in mind museum curators have recently opened Spider Sense: A Scavenger Hunt. Children are given a scavenger hunt map and look for special exhibits though out the museum to learn about spiders and their special adaptations, abilities and relationship with their surroundings. Available until September 3rd.

Adult admission is $9 and children 3-18 are $6. Massachusetts residents are free Sundays 9am to noon year round and Wednesdays 3pm-5pm (September through May). Definitely worth the trip especially on a rainy day!

Pros:
Fabulous exhibits, nicely restored
Interesting and evolving exhibits
Most exhibits on one floor
Great for part of a tour of Boston while visiting
Nice location in Cambridge near Harvard Yard

Cons:
Parking difficult to find and expensive
Lack of hands on 'touch and feel' exhibits for the toddlers

Disclosure: My family and I were given complementary passes to the museum in order to write this review. I was not required to provide any specific opinion and all are my own.