Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
1600 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, Texas
Hours: Mon.-Sat.: 10 a.m. -5 p.m.; Sun.: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
$14-adult, $10-child (see website for prices for the Omni and planetarium)
The Fort Worth Museum of Science & History sits in the middle of Fort Worth’s Cultural District, and can be access by heading North from either the University Drive or Montgomery Street exits off I-30.
While going on a Tuesday would be your best bet since it is 2 tickets for the price of 1, you wouldn’t regret paying the full price of $14, assuming you and your kids are old enough to enjoy it for a good part of the day.
There is so much to do in this museum it’s hard to know where to start. There are 4 permanent exhibits and always a few traveling exhibits, including Ascent, which runs through September 5. With most exhibits, the FWMSH strives to make everything as hands-on as possible.
The dinosaurs will always attract kids, and the popular Dinosaur Dig is no exception. In addition to the DinoLab, this outdoor giant sandbox is where kids can take tools and “dig” for dinosaur bones. They even have paint brushes to dust the dirt off just like a careful paleontologist would do!
Another fun and engaging exhibit was the Cattle Raisers Museum. This area presents the history of ranching and cattle in Texas and even taught the nutritional value of beef as well as the daily products we use that derive from cows. Sound boring? It’s not- not when it is taught through rideable horses, touch-based computer programs and a virtual ranching game based on a popular Nintendo Wii game. Your kids will love it! Plus, it’ll give you something to talk about the next time you chow down on hamburgers.
If your kids are looking for a lot of excitement, make sure you hit up Energy Blast, an educational exhibit on the Natural Gas and oil industry in North Texas. You enter this exhibit through a 6-minute 4-D movie. The chairs move around like a simulator and you also get effects such as bursts of air and spritzes of water.
The Fort Worth Children’s Museum section of the museum saved the day. The FWMSH website says this area is for kids age birth-8. The focus in the exhibit is ‘play.’ There is a stationary train car, a mini-ambulance, a mock grocery store and even a section for non-walkers.
Also make sure to check out the always-popular Omni Theater, an IMAX dome that has been a FWMSH staple for nearly 30 years. The giant screen (pictured above) envelops you in an educational experience like no other. Check the museum website for shows and ticket prices.
Just remember, as big as the recently remodeled FWMSH is, there is so much more to learn about. So check out www.fwmuseum.org. Go as a family or with some friends but your kids will definitely love it.
Casey Gilliam is a Co-Founder of Dallas Moms Blog, a blog geared towards connecting local moms to each other and to this great city. She loves her baby girl and her husband of almost 8 years. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org