Our school district not only gives the kids Presidents Day off, but also the day after. Which means I get to take Tuesday off from work to hang out with them… I spent the morning sewing, Henry chilled in front of the TV, and we and shook Annie awake at 11am. Then, we headed out for fun!
We hit the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, to check out the new exhibit Mammoths and Mastadons: Titans of the Ice Age.
Both kids are science-lovers, and we were really excited to get a chance to check this exhibit out so soon after it opened. A few years ago, one of the most significant discoveries in fossil history was made right here in Colorado. This exhibit incorporates our own local finds into a more global history, and is super cool! We learned so much, and had a lot of fun.
Here are just a few of our new friends.
I followed the exhibit rules, and so could not photograph the replica of Lyuba, the 42,000 year old perfectly mummified mammoth calf discovered in Siberia in 2007. Frankly, I was flabbergasted by the amount we were able to learn from the tiny corpse. It was a fascinating window into another world. Along with learning about Lyuba, we also got to wrestle for dominance, balance our tusks, pick things up with our trunks, and even try to distinguish between different types of paleo poo. On the way out, we got to check out some real fossil excavation, and imagine ourselves as fossil hunters, too…
Don’t tell Annie and Henry, but we might have learned even more on our day off than they normally would have at school!