Back during the half term holidays Monkey and I went out for the day with a couple of his NCT buddies, S and B, their nanny, and her little boy O. We caught the bus and went to Oxford. The kids loved it, I have to admit that going on the bus is a rare treat for Monkey.
We were dropped off at Oxford Train Station and began our walk through the city. I rarely visit Oxford, it’s never really appealed to me, but there are some gems. We were on our way to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. We were going on a Dinosaur Adventure!
If you are ever in Oxford then head for the museums, they are so great for the kids and FREE!!! It was raining as we arrived so we didn’t have time to really look at the fab dinosaur footprints that lead up to the doorway of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Once inside, the kids were off. We found a few activity sheets and it was time to begin our dinosaur adventures.
I love how interactive museums are these days. It’s so much more fun to get kids really involved. Spot this dinosaur, it is bigger than this one, look at his claws, would he eat meat or would he be a herbivore.
Look, Mummy – it’s a Triceratops – the excitement was palpable. Monkey was in his element.
There are lots of wonderful skeletons for the children to admire, along with fossils eggs and all sorts of other interesting displays.
Look, Mummy! There’s one of my Butterflies!! Monkey was right, there in the midst of the display was a butterfly that we have in our collection, one I’d bought at an exhibition many years ago. That now hangs in his bedroom along with all the butterflies I caught as a child.
There were a number of half-term activities taking place – all for free. We looked through microscopes at all sorts of bugs, made dinosaur masks and pipe cleaner minibeasts. It was great.
Then it was time for some lunch, we had wanted to have a picnic in one of the parks, but the weather was awful. We ventured upstairs to the cafe, but it was packed, it wasn’t an option. Ok, we’ll walk back into Oxford and grab something there. Don’t worry kids we’ll come back to explore some more after lunch.
Which we did, but to find out about that you’ll need to catch me on Monday for my Magic Moments post as something got me rather emotional when we looked around the Insect exhibits that afternoon at Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Something very special, involving Guru Gramps.