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Kentucky – Dinosaur World

Dinosaur Walk at Dinosaur World

It’s Just For Fun week here at Travel 50 States with Kids, and Dinosaur World in Cave City, Kentucky, definitely packs in the fun, but the truth is that they sneak some education into your visit too. I won’t tell your kids if you don’t.

The main attraction at Dinosaur World is the Dinosaur Walk, with 150 life-size dinosaur statues displayed along a walk through the woods.

Signs along the way state facts about each type of dinosaur.

We saw dinosaur types that were familiar to me, like the long-neck Brachiosaurus.

And we saw several types […]

California – MY Museum

MY Museum Medical play area

MY Museum is the Monterey County Youth Museum. This small museum is perfect for kids ages 7 and under. Although my kids were quite a bit older, we decided to check it out for my readers who have younger children.

There’s a special play area just for the wee little ones.

Several themed play areas offer many opportunities for pretend play. Do you have an aspiring golfer?

Or maybe a paramedic or doctor?

Or maybe a future firefighter?

Kids can learn about the farm-to-table movement by harvesting some vegetables, cooking them up, then serving them […]

Missouri – National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial

WWI Museum plane

When most people think of war memorials, they think of Washington, D.C., because that’s where most of the national war memorials are. But World War I is an exception. Its memorial is located in Kansas City, Missouri, and unlike the memorials in D.C., it is not part of the National Park System or federal government. The citizens of Kansas City raised over $2.5 million in just 10 days 1919 to build the memorial. The tower was completed in 1926 and the museum was added later. In 2004, Congress designated it the nation’s official WWI museum. Since 2014 marks 100 years […]

Kentucky – Old Bardstown Village and Museum Row

Water wheel - Old Bardstown Village

History buffs will want to make sure their trip to Bardstown, Kentucky, includes plenty of time to explore all the history contained in a collection of museums known as Museum Row. Your admission fee gives you entrance into all five venues and tickets are valid for two consecutive days so that you don’t have to rush through them. Unfortunately, I didn’t follow my own advice and we didn’t have enough time to go to all of them, but we enjoyed the two that we visited.

 

Old Bardstown Village

This village is a reproduction of a typical frontier village in […]

New Mexico – El Rancho de las Golondrinas

Kitchen - El Rancho de las Golondrinas

El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a living history museum near Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Spanish name translates to The Ranch of the Swallows. The authentic ranch dates back to the early 1700’s when it was a stop on El Camino Real, the trading route from Mexico City to Santa Fe. Today it is a fascinating place to learn about the southwest in both Spanish Colonial and Territorial New Mexico time periods.

The ranch sits on 200 acres about 15 miles southwest of Santa Fe. Many of the buildings are original to the property and others have been […]

Michigan – Henry Ford Museum

Auto exhibits - Henry Ford Museum

The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, isn’t just a place to learn about history; it’s a place to be inspired by history. Kid friendly? Not only is it appropriate for kids, it was designed with kids in mind. When it first opened in 1929, only schoolchildren could visit. Four years later it opened to the general public. Henry Ford was passionate about teaching kids about the past and present so that they could take the present to the future. The museum holds a wide range of diverse historic artifacts, but all are tied together by an overall theme of […]

Arizona – Barringer Meteor Crater

Inside Meteor Crater

We get inspiration for our travels from a variety of sources, but the Barringer Meteor Crater marks the first time we’ve picked a vacation destination based on a video game. As we were driving out west for our Southwest Road Trip (Trip #5 from my e-book, How To Visit All 50 States in 12 Trips), my son asked me if I’d ever heard of the Barringer Meteor Crater and if I knew where it was. He had heard about it while playing Civilization V with a friend. I hadn’t heard of it, so I pulled out my trusty smartphone and […]

Ohio – Great Lakes Science Center

PicMonkey Collage

Great Lakes Science Center is located right on Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio. It’s the fourth science museum I’ve written about this week and I must point out that I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the lack of redundancy between museums. I genuinely feel like each museum offers something different. I know I’m probably starting to sound like a broken record, but I really recommend getting a membership to your local museum so that you can take advantage of the ASTC (Association of Science-Technology Centers) Passport Program which allows you to visit science museums around the country without paying admission. We’ve […]

Kansas – Exploration Place

Exploration Place - Wichita

If you’ve been reading my site this week, you might be thinking that we have a goal to visit a science museum in all 50 states. While that would be a fun goal, we haven’t set our sights on that one. We just like science museums. And we especially love that we get into most of them for free because of the reciprocal agreement that most science museums have. We always get a membership to our local museum which is part of the ASTC (Association of Science-Technology Centers) Passport Program. No, I don’t get paid to promote museum memberships […]

Oklahoma – Science Museum Oklahoma

Science Museum Oklahoma

Let’s start this post with an exciting announcement: Oklahoma was my 50th state! Woo hoo! I did it! (My husband hit 50 last year and the kids are at 49.) Naturally, Oklahoma will always hold a special place in my heart, but even without the distinction of being my last state, I have to say that Oklahoma City was a pleasant surprise because it was more interesting than I expected. I would very much like to return there again sometime. One of the attractions we decided to visit was Science Museum Oklahoma. When we arrived, we made a beeline […]