Homeschooling Day Trips: New York CityJuly 31, 2019
For the longest time the Planetarium, built in the 1960’s, was the only place in St. Louis you could go for science demonstrations. It’s still open today and sits in Forest Park right next to the new Science Center. The Planetarium, which looks like a pregnant nuclear power plant cooling tower, is a great place to see the star shows where the ceiling becomes an exact map of the nighttime sky. I remember that they used to have laser light shows there too.
Spring has sprung (more or less) so it’s time to think about some day trips. Here’s one that’s not too far from the city and has something for everyone; the Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport, New York. Boasting a planetarium, cool exhibits and the home of William K. Vanderbilt II, it’s a great place to spend a few hours.
You can also learn everything about Dinosaurs with the exhibit “Dinosaurs Unearthed.” It’s the largest animatronic raptor suppliers ever hosted in St. Louis complete with the first ever full-sized fully feathered dinosaur on display.
If you just plan on visiting for the day, or a few hours, you still need to pay an admission fee of $7 for adults, $3 for juniors, and kids get in free. Personally, I thought it was a bit outrageous to pay $7 just to get in, when I was only there long enough to go on one ride, check out a couple exhibits, and eat some food.
The Human Body Gallery is located on Level 4 of the Science Museum of Minnesota. There is lots of gross stuff for kids to play with as many of the exhibits are hands-on. We were able to test our heart rate and see it on a monitor. There was a Cell Lab complete with white lab coats where children ages 8 and up could experiment with cells, including seeing a cellular sample from inside their own cheek.
The Museum of History also located on Edenton St is a bit more formal museum, but every bit as interesting. It has the manditory Flight Museum as well as a very nice Sports Museum Gallery. There is also at least one exhibit provided by a major pharmaceutical company with a real 18th century pharmacy model (full size). There are many other exhibits of life during the various periods of North Carolinas history. Thanks to the locating of NCs copy of the Declaration of Independence, there may soon be an additional display. For a history history buff this is a real treasure trove. I know that when I was in my middle school years this would have been a great place to spend the day.
These are but a few of the hundreds choices available to visitors and residents in Raleigh. The visitors bureau has a web site called visitraleigh that has more complete information as well as contact numbers. No matter what you like, there is a good chance you will find it in Raleigh or one of the neighboring cities.