Dinosaurs and Ballerinas

This weekend I have a houseguest-my granddaughter. She came Friday night and is staying until tomorrow morning. Last night we spent a quiet evening at home watching TV, reading books and singing songs. Going to sleep proved to be a challenge as she has not slept here since New Years Eve. She finally fell asleep but I was awakened when she fell out of bed but luckily I put multiple pillows on the floor so she was not hurt.

We woke up this morning and thoughts turned to our big adventure for the day: going to the Carnegie Museum. I had purchased a membership for them for Christmas.  My granddaughter was very excited and wanted to see the dinosaurs. I had not been there in many years even though it is not far from my work. We got there and she immediately was fascinated by a gallery of painted rocks. We went through all the colors and shapes of the rocks. It was meant to be an adult exhibit but she was able to enjoy it as well.

Next stop on the list was the dinosaur exhibit. The exhibit has grown since I was last there. This is her and I at one of the first exhibits


She was totally mesmerized by all the dinosaurs and especially liked the small dinosaurs as well as the T Rex. There were dinosaur bones to touch as well as fossils to feel. She stopped and touched them. When she was unsure she would ask me what it was. Thank goodness for the written descriptions under the exhibits.

IMG_5876On the second floor is a very special place for children called Discovery Basecamp. This area allows the children to touch animal exhibits and see exhibits such as butterflies, feathers and reptiles. The best part is watching the children interact with other children. My granddaughter had so much fun in this area

IMG_5898Our last stop was the Carnegie Library which is adjacent to the Museum. We went to the Children’s Department to meet a ballerina and learn some ballet steps. It was a very interactive program and my granddaughter was excited to meet the ballerina and be able to dance with her. I thought this was an excellent program to introduce both children and adults to ballet

IMG_5910There is so much to see at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History as well as the Museum of Art. She and I will go back as there is so much left to explore. If you live in the Pittsburgh area this is a must see.  This truly has been a fun weekend.


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7 Responses to Dinosaurs and Ballerinas

  1. What a fun-filled memory making weekend you and your granddaughter had. Not much can top that! Great post Kathy.Thanks for sharing.

    • katsbynp says:

      I enjoyed seeing the museum through her eyes. It provides a different perspective. I am tired but definitely enjoyed our adventure. Thanks for your support and comment

    • katsbynp says:

      I enjoyed seeing the museum through her eyes. It provides a different perspective. I am tired but definitely enjoyed our adventure. Thanks for your support and comment

  2. Sheri says:

    It sounds like you had such a lovely day! I’ve always loved dinosaurs, so this would be an especially exciting day for me. By the way, you absolutely do not look old enough to be a grandmother! 🙂

    • katsbynp says:

      Thank you for the compliment! I too enjoy the dinosaurs. When I was in college I spent a great deal of time in that museum as it was a great place to study. It has changed through the years but is still a great place to visit. Thanks for dropping by

  3. dltolley says:

    Watching the little ones discover the world is like rediscovering it yourself. So glad you had this precious experience! And thank you for sharing it with us!

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