Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? If you’ve ever met a person between the ages of 3 and 99, chances are pretty solid that at one point that person was at least mildly interested in these ancient beasts. It turns out I know at least three people who are; my 10-year-old daughter and her two best friends. The traveling exhibit Amazing Dinosaurs! is at Impression 5 science center in Lansing and when we were offered the opportunity to get in for free I jumped at the chance to take these girls – and check out the science center after!
Filled to the brim with interactive displays, this exhibit was fun for me, too. It’s geared towards the 3-10 year old crowd, but the girls still had a blast; they got a chance to dig for fossils, compare their height to a dinosaur bone (they’ve got a long way to catch up), touch a real dino tooth, get up close and personal with fossils, and more. The replicas are incredibly detailed, with information about what these animals ate and where they lived. I plan to bring my 6-year-old back and watch him soak up all of the amazing dinosaur action for himself.
The Amazing Dinosaurs! exhibit is open now through January 13th, 2019. Impression 5 science center is located at 200 Museum Drive in downtown Lansing (just blocks away from the capitol building). Metered parking is free on the weekends, so make a day trip out of it and check out the rest of the incredible museum after you make your way through this prehistoric funhouse. The science center is worth a trip in its own right; your kids can construct building with foam bricks, make their own water locks, observe a vortex in action, and experiment with velocity. There are rooms dedicated to space, light, art – you name it, it’s there. If you have little ones under the age of three, there are a few places just for them to get some energy out. And there’s even a nursing room!
Dana is the lucky mother to two incredible kids (aged 10 & 6) and the happy wife of Nate. She stumbled around in her adult life for a while before finally realizing that she could get paid to pursue her passion: keeping kids safe. In 2013 she started working at Modern Natural Baby in Ferndale where she eventually became a Child Passenger Safety Technician with additional Special Needs training. Dana also runs the child passenger safety-focused Facebook page Buckle Up Detroit and works with the amazing lady bosses at Metro Detroit Doula Services offering car seat classes, consultations, and more!