A Fun Adventure @FernbankMuseum

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Summer time is ALMOST here ... I tell you, it seems like I was just crying tears putting Broxton in preschool and now we are almost to the summer before he starts kindergarten!  What?!  
Well- if you are planning a vacation or a stay cation - look no further than visiting Atlanta!  
There really is so much to do around here ... from sporting events to museums, theme parks to many many great places to eat and shop.  Bottom line is that the options are endless... and if you are flying in - you have plenty of options of transportation, but if you want to rent a car, you can travel a couple hours to even more fun and adventure!  
Anyways, I want to share with you my experience at Fernbank, Museum of Natural History.  If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen that I posted a photo of the Fernbank sign... now, to tell you about our day:

I was able to take the boys there one day as part of our Spring Break...
I was honestly not really sure what to think, you know... would three boys enjoy a "museum?"
Score a couple points for me!  They loved it!

As soon as you enter Fernbank Museum, you are greeted with these HUGE "Giants of the Mesozoic" dinosaurs.
The boys were completely mesmerized with this (and I tell you, they are pretty massive and attention grabbing!)   
 Fernbank is actually a couple different floors and they give you a map when you enter.  I decided it would be best to start at the bottom and go from there...
Their "special exhibit" right now is actually whales... The 13 year old loved it, since he said they had been learning about whales at school and he was eager to read all about it and compare with what he had been learning.  I was excited that although it was "educational" he was still very excited about it all!  They had whale bones, video where they tagged whales, an area for you to hear whale songs and so much more...

This is a replica whale heart that was large enough for kids to climb through.  I believe there was a little tv set up in there for them to watch a short video, but I did not go in, so I could not tell you exactly.   
After exploring the first floor (they had a section on shells that I would have enjoyed looking at for a longer time, but Broxton wanted to go back to the dinosaurs.)  We did spot the Star Gallery and all of us stood there observing the ceiling in amazement at how peaceful and serene it was.  We then skipped the entry level and headed on to the top floor.....

Having a blast in the Nature Quest exhibit.  
On the top floor, I made the mistake of heading to the Nature Quest Exhibit first.  Once in there, I knew it was going to be quite some time to get the boys out, so I walked around exploring the area...
It was actually REALLY cool and a place that you could literally take the kids there and let them spend HOURS enjoying themselves...
In Nature Quest you have a couple different sections.  It was so neat!
You could go in one area to see all the coral, climb through the big tree house...  Look at little (pretend) turtles in one area, shine flashlights to see what animals you can find in another area, cross a rope bridge, use a pulley system to load items and take to the top floor / lower to the bottom level.  The boys had a BLAST in there and I am not really sure how long we stayed, but I had to pry the 3 of them out of there!!!
Mental note- come back again and plan to just spend most of our time in there!  

The next area we went to was the Reflections of Culture section - that was a quick walk through as the boys were interesting in the Sensing Nature area.....
 That was the second coolest part!  As soon as we walked in, we w ere greeted with a huge bubble making area.  I think they stayed in there making bubbles until I had them leave so that other kids could play!    If you want to be amazed at several different things, make sure you plan plenty of time to check out the Sensing Nature area...
They had the bubble area - several different vision trickery areas, a whole area I never got to and then the coolest - these big circles across the room.. you sat in one and someone sat in the other - then you spoke in your normal voice and you could seriously carry on conversations with the other person like they were right there beside you!     Oh yeah, then there was the section where you could pretend you were on the weather... the ball that has the static electricity (Broxton was AMAZED at that and had to do it over and over and over and over and did I mention over again?)  That and the tornado replica!!!

How big of a bubble can you make?  That was the goal, right?  
 While we were constantly in AWE with all of the discoveries in the Nature area - Broxton spotted more dinosaurs... So, we headed to check it out and explored all the other exhibits throughout Fernbank.
Like I said, if you are looking for a great time -  (you don't have to tell them its educational too) make sure you check out Fernbank!  It was a blast for the 4 of us and I am sure we will be back again soon!
Now, when people talk about how awesome it is, I can chime in and agree...
Dinosaur Exhibit at Ferbank

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  1. We never went to that museum. I bet Travis in particular would have loved to see it!

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  2. It looks like they're going to put your little one right in that bubble in the last picture. :)

    You're right, Atlanta is full of fun things to do. I have a SIL in Newnan and she calls it Hotlanta (probably not uncommon) because there's always something going on.

    The museum looks really great. I love places like that to visit.

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