Our boys are big adventurers. So, when we told them we were going to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum last weekend, they asked all kinds of thoughtful questions, like "Can I finish watching my show first?", and "How long do we have to be there?", and "Will any of my friends be going?". I knew then that we were in for a great morning! Armed with my "c'mon let's go have some fun!" attitude, we headed into UBC, parked (too far away) and walked to the Museum.
If the boys were not impressed before we got there, they sure were when they entered the building. Suspended from the roof was an 80 foot long skeleton of a blue whale. We found out through the documentary that the skeleton had been found in Prince Edward Island 20 years ago, and the amount of work the researchers had to go to get the whale looking like it does today, was phenomenal. Our eldest son (7), enjoyed the movie and found it really interesting - our youngest (4), not so much. But for him, the puppet show was a hit!
The Museum is set up in a kind of maze of aisles where you wander in and out learning about different kinds of creatures. In one room, you can touch and feel the creatures as well (not living, of course!). Again, more appropriate for the eldest - the youngest one was a bit too keen to pick up the specimens! The staff were all really helpful and friendly, and it made the visit really enjoyable for everyone. The café's food was also really good - lots of choices for snacks and lunches, and would have been very pleasant, except for the tantrum from our youngest (he wanted chocolate instead of carrots for a snack - the nerve of Mom to even suggest it!).
All in all, we made it back to the car in one piece (with a stop at White Spot on campus), and we'll definitely be going back, although perhaps NOT with our 4 year old!
p.s. For all of our photography colleagues, check out David Ellingsen's Sea/Life exhibit with his beautiful series of black and white limited edition prints!