Happy first day of spring! Hope everyone enjoyed the March Break and is taking advantage of the warm weather
March Break events are of course over at the ROM but I’m posting a slideshow so you can see what the biodiversity and hands-on discovery galleries are like on Level 2 in case you haven’t seen them yet (these galleries are recommended by staff for young children). (All pictures were taken using my phone so they’re not as good as usual! Apparently I didn’t have my backup battery charged. Woops!)
The dinosaur exhibit is quite remarkable and I thought the biodiversity gallery was very well done. (In case you are wondering, most of the animals in there are taxidermied.) But the Earth Rangers show was the highlight for me. They brought in a servil, hawk, owl, kestrel, and American Bald Eagle (w0w!). It was amazing to see the birds flying across the theatre! Please do check out Earth Ranger’s website. They are currently working to protect the Plains Bison, Spotted Turtle, Pine Marten, and Monarch Butterfly. I like their idea to ask friends and family to make a special donation instead of bringing gifts for a birthday, in exchange for a Bring Back the Wild Party Pack which includes trading cards. Click here for more info.
All in all we enjoyed our visit, however my 3 year-old (just turned 3) was bored walking through the exhibits, spent all of 5 minutes in the hands-on gallery “digging” for bones which was supposed to be the highlight (really she just enjoyed trying on the different goggles!), and only until we got to the tipi- at the end of our visit- did she really enjoy herself. :-)
I’ll wait until next year before trying the ROM again with my daughter. So far I think the Ontario Science Centre is the BEST place for children my daughter and son’s age (15 months) if you want to keep them entertained for hours!
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