This past weekend we made a spontaneous decision to take our daughter to the Cook’s Natural Science Museum in Decatur, AL. Admission is free and it is an amazing place to take children ranging 3 and up. (And I love Free Activities.) Spring of 2015 it will be moving to a new, larger location in Downtown Decatur. So be sure and check the website for updates if you decide to visit!
Cook’s Natural Science Museum
Of course, because the museum is owned by the company/family that owns Cook’s Pest Control, there definitely had to be bugs near the front entrance. 😉
Most of the gigantic bugs have origins in other countries. THANK GOODNESS!
This was our favorite set of bugs HAHA! The blue butterflies were a winner.
This thing could give me nightmares.
Moth. Large moth.
A City Wildlife Habitat.
Next was a walk through of ocean and beach science. Seashells of EVERY shape, color size.
Pelican. (And a pirate ship steering wheel. Khloe wished she could be on a pirate ship 😉 )
The Snout of a saw fish. I cannot imagine the size of the fish on the other end!
This is always my favorite part in every natural science museum: the rocks, minerals, stones, etc.
Of course, we had to examine each one of these.
Now, how often do you get a change to hold a meteorite?
Here is the said meteorite. It weighed around 20 lbs.
We loved the “glittery” rocks. 🙂
Again, my favorite part.
We found Swiper the Fox!! 😉
She wanted to stand next to the baby bear.
I love how realistic it all appeared!
River/ Pond natural habitat. Possibly Dad’s Favorite part.
I wish I had a video of Khloe’s reaction when she walked around the corner to this. LOL
A “torcupan” AKA Porcupine. 😀
This could almost freak you out as realistic as it appears. Khloe loved to inform us that she knew it was a rattlesnake, but she hates snakes, “yuck!”
This is an ELEPHANT LEG BONE.
This was the closest Khloe would get to the Alligator. Haha!
Full shot of the Alligator.
Had never seen an Ostrich egg before. Wow.
Bald Eagle. Magnificent.
I did miss getting pictures of many of the other fowl. Turkeys, Swans, Canadian Geese, ducks of EVERY kind, hawks, and more. These are definitely not pictures of every single animal in the museum. We easily spent over an hour there. Khloe did not want to leave and would have circled through a few more times if we had let her. We bribed her with ice cream, though, and she was happy to go to the car. 😉
If you live in North Alabama or find yourself passing through, this is a must visit attraction. The current location is free, so make sure you check the website before heading out to make sure the have not moved locations yet.