Last week, my children and I met my sister and my nephew, Anderson, and my niece, Madison, at the SC State Museum. Their special exhibit featured dinosaurs, and we knew the boys would love it! The dinosaurs were robotic in nature and moved and roared as we passed them on display. At first, three-year-old Madison was afraid, but when we turned a corner and found a puppet theater where she could put on a show, she relaxed! The children also enjoyed being paleontologists and digging up dinosaur eggs and bones with paint brushes.
Other displays we enjoyed were mini movies, trains, planes, old-timey cars, old electrical appliances, including a neck tie press and a triangular doughnut maker. I found an old tree trunk labeled “Petrified Wood.” I got excited because my kids and I are studying Greek root words this year and our most recent one was “petros” which means rock or stone. I was able to show them the Greek root in the word “petrified” and show them an example of a tree hardened to rock.
We also saw the decomposition of a mouse, a Mastodon, an old one-room school house, a replica of the Hunley submarine, a piece of moon rock, and a room set up like an old cotton mill. It was a little bit of everything! The displays were kid-friendly and there were lots of hands-on activities. The SC State Museum is so large that it was impossible to see everything in one visit. What a great excuse to meet back! Home schoolers get in free!