Get Ready To Savor Spring With Your Kids In Des Moines

There have been a couple of days that almost feel like spring in Des Moines, and many parents and kids are ready to get out of the house and welcome some outdoor fun. While things are still wet, you might find a dry path at the Blank Park Zoo or the Living History Farms.

Spring has sprung (more or less) so it’s time to think about some day trips. Here’s one that’s not too far from the city and has something for everyone; the Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport, New York. Boasting a planetarium, cool exhibits and the home of William K. Vanderbilt II, it’s a great place to spend a few hours.

The dinosaurs were put out as an innovative way to advertise for the Oregon Zoo’s Prehistoric Predators exhibit. The China animatronic dinosaur, located inside the zoo next to the sun bears, is a quarter-mile trail waking with animatronic, life-sized dinosaurs. Not only is it fun, but its educational, too, as kids can read about the dinosaurs at the zoo’s “discovery stations.” It is also a fun place to cool of on a hot day at the zoo as a few of the dinosaurs spit water at you.

Just spending time with children is precious and rewarding. Sometimes the kids are bored and are looking for something to do. So pile the kids into the car and take them out for the day, visiting a museum, is a great way to spend the day, eating in the cafeteria (if available) and browsing around the gift shop are fun activities too.

The Michigan State University Museum in East Lansing houses its Hall of Evolution downstairs, which tells the story of life beginning with the early marine organisms, and taking it through the last ice age. They have the skull of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and the femur of an Apatosaurus in their collection. Museum admission is free (the recommended donation for adults is $4) and parking is available at $1 for two hours. The Museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from 1 to 5 pm.

This was the primary reason for our visit to the Science Museum of Minnesota, and we were not disappointed. My son insisted upon posing in front of each dinosaur for a photo. I checked, photography is allowed at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The highlight of the dinosaur display is the Diplodocus, which is the largest dinosaur on display at 82 feet long and weighing 12 tons.

The Red River Valley Fair in Fargo, North Dakota isn’t very exciting if you don’t have much time or money to spend. If you have an unlimited pass, it could be quite fun, though. Before heading out to the fair, make sure it’s going to be worth your time – check out the schedule at the Red River Valley Fair’s website.