Arizona Museum of Natural History

Yesterday we went to a museum. I’ve been wanting to visit some of the cool places in Arizona before we move. And also Payson is so bored out of his mind trapped in the house all day (as am I!) that getting out and doing something is crucial these days.

Before the museum I needed to go get some blood work done at my lab. Doing my yearly blood check to see all the many things I’m depleted of 😉 Can’t wait to start taking all my supplements and feeling like a functioning human being again!

The kids were cute and annoying at the lab. Cute because they were all acting so worried about me having to be stuck with a needle. Annoying because they were acting all silly and getting loud and I had to tell them to calm down like every other minute.
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A couple of specific quotes from my children during the blood test visit:
-Brooklyn said about another woman in the waiting room (and loudly), “I wonder if her face is an old lady face.”
-Not a quote but Sierra was walking to the water fountain and saw herself in a giant wall mirror and starts posing as if no one is watching. She walks back towards us, fixated on the mirror the entire time and shaking her booty the whole way.
-Then just before I went back to get blood drawn Brooklyn said to me, “What if the person taking your blood is unfriendly? What if he overdoes it?” haha

So the kids were surprisingly to me really excited about the museum. One of them brought up the fact that Team Umizoomi had gone to a dinosaur museum. Sierra responded, “Yeah! Probably Team Umizoomi will be at the museum!”
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The kids had a really good time and I told them ahead of time that I wanted just one group shot with everyone smiling and then I wouldn’t pester them to look at the camera the rest of the trip. They were so cute posing by this exhibit for me, I had to post them all 🙂
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This was a wall of stars. They were obviously little lights. My kids walked up and noticed that they were just little lights and pretty much dismissed them as being even remotely interesting and went to the next area. haha
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Ok, my kids loved looking at rocks! Weirdos. I have never been into rock stuff in the slightest. I remember learning all about rocks and layers of land and blah blah in school and being so so so bored. There is no rock on earth that interests me enough to sit and learn about it for more than like five seconds. lol
But for my kids’ sakes I lingered here and we read about rocks and they felt the different kinds. Funny kids… they are all so VERY different from me!
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We all really liked this fish. Even Ember, in her stroller, had fun watching it swim around. When we first got to its tank he swam right over to us. When we walked around to the other side he swam over to us again. I loved that fish!
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I let the kids throw pennies into the water and make wishes. Even as a 29 year old woman I still get a huge kick out of throwing a penny into water and making a wish. Come to think about it I don’t make a wish, I just like aiming for things in the water and hearing that tiny splash. haha
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I got Ember out of the stroller to hold her up to throw a couple of pennies in too. You can see her smile here, she just adores being included ♥
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Oh gosh it was so hard holding her and teaching her how to throw the penny and holding my camera out and trying to take these pictures! But I REALLY wanted to document her very first time throwing a penny 🙂
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The view from the tippy top.
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My kids couldn’t figure out this puzzle. It was a really tough one!
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Once I took Ember out of the stroller I couldn’t bring myself to put her back in. I love her to experience things with the rest of the kids. If it means me waiting for her to walk with us and chasing her when she wanders too far, it’s still worth it. Especially for this moment when she was just casually looking down below… I don’t know why, she’ll likely not remember this, but it’s just happy for me to let her experience things too.
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My kids are just as excited about riding elevators as going to museum exhibits or really any carvinal ride. haha (Am I strange if I agree with them?)
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We rode the elevators three times and the excitement never wore off. haha! (We didn’t ride it three times in a row, at different parts of the trip to get to one floor from another, of course)
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The prehistoric birds of the sky exhibit was my personal favorite. Not that any of the exhibits were that exciting for me. lol
The kids LOVED this room.
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Brooklyn asked me before we got to the museum if I could take a bunch of pictures (um, HECK YES!) because she wants to make a simple poster board presentation and show it to her class for show and tell. So anyway, I took a few pictures of the exhibits, I’m not posting them all because that bores me to tears but here are the dinosaur birds ones.
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Panning for gold. This was Brooklyn’s favorite part by far. She wanted to spend all day there. She asked me if it was real gold and was really disappointed when I said no. She still wanted to do it though and was very serious about it.
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Poor Payson and Sierra didn’t have much luck. I found a few teensy pieces for them just so they’d have something.
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Ember had a blast playing in the water. She was splashing and playing. She walked into the water a bit, too.
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They also had an area where you could “dig” for dinosaur bones. It wasn’t sand or dirt, it was those little rubberish things you find in some parks. I hate that stuff.
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This was by far Sierra’s favorite part of the trip. She spent a long time uncovering the dinosaur and was really proud that she did it 🙂
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With their goody bags at the front of the museum.
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Before leaving we decided to go back to the main exhibit (the waterfall wall) one more time. It was a good thing we did, too, because we got to see the flash flood, thunder/lightning storm. It was pretty cool! Anyway, we also threw a lot more coins into all the water spots.
And seriously like two seconds after throwing my last coin I wanted to check the times of when the flash flood happen and read this sign:
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We went to Arby’s because the kids were soooo huuuungry.
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And a super short WalMart trip. And then home.
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One thought on “Arizona Museum of Natural History

  • Oh, my gosh I laughed so hard at that picture of Brooklyn next to the sign that said not to throw coins into the water. Hahaha!!! That looks like a really cool place to visit…my kids would have loved it too 🙂

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