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A Day Off-at the museum!

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Yesterday Clark had a day off because of Yom Kippur.  We decided to have a big outing and go to the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.  I’d never been there before, though Paul had brought the kids when Clark was 2 1/2 and Tabby was an infant. By the time we got going (Tab still had morning preschool) I really didn’t feel like hauling all the way into Philly and finding parking and so on, but Clark was really eager to go to a natural history museum.  I’m so glad he was because we had a wonderful time.

What turned out to be a special exhibit was our favorite part-for all of us! A long room had beautiful display cases showcasing specimens from mammals, ornithology, ichthyology, invertebrates, reptiles, shells, etc.
Jars o' eels
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This museum has been around for 200 years and it was really clear how this museum is a scientific institution with scientists discovering, cataloging, preserving, and educating.
Condor + a row of tiny colorful birdies

I especially loved when the writing on specimen tags was really old.IMG_1319

We were lucky to have a wonderful volunteer show us lots of things and talk to the kids a lot about different things (it was wonderfully empty there!)

Paul and Clark check out the exhibit with a wonderfully kind and informative guide

The dinosaur exhibit was great and Tabby wins the prize for the funniest dino photo:
Aaaah! I'm being eaten by a T. Rex

Clark is sporting some fierce horns:
Angry Triceratops

All in all, a wonderful outing!

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About Sarah

I'm a librarian living with my lovely family in a gorgeous spot of New Jersey, where we raise chickens and love the outdoors. I try to find enough time to indulge all my hobbies-cooking, photography, gardening, sewing, and I write about it all on my book blog & personal blog.

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