Paleontologist Heaven and Paleopalooza: Wordless/Wordful Wednesday

I still don't have updates on the renovation project, things have stalled a tad bit with Nature throwing us winter weather that tends to crimp our style.  We did, however have a great day on Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum for was in seventh heaven.

For her back in November we spent the day at the Dinosaur Museum (of course) and she got to actually meet one of the famous Paleontologists that she has seen on many of her favorite dinosaur shows on National Geographic, Dr. Philip Manning:

After his informative presentation, he was very generous about letting the kids come up on stage to ask dinosaur questions.  Princess Nagger was thrilled to have a chance to ask him her dinosaur question (notice she's wearing her Velociraptor shoes just for the occasion):

When we were there, we were told about the big event happening in February – Paleopalooza.  Of course we marked our calendars and made plans to go.  That's what we did this past Sunday – it was a madhouse.  There were so many people there, we didn't get to move about the museum as freely as we usually do, which meant we didn't get to go admire the dinosaur bones like Princess Nagger loves to do.  But she did enjoy watching Dr. Scott Sampson (of fame) do his presentation about , as well as see three Dinosaur Train episodes on the big screen.  Dr. Scott was very engaging in his presentation:

Dr. Scott recently made the discovery of a new dinosaur in Utah, a giant plant-eating frilly-horned dinosaur he named Kosmoceratops richardsoni:

Here's a better picture from the article written about it on Discovery News:

Pretty wild, isn't it?  Then Dr. Scott talked about feathered dinosaurs, and that birds today are really modern-aged dinosaurs based on what they've found in the past:

Then, amidst all the cheers of the kids in the audience, it was time to meet Buddy the T-Rex:

Buddy was apparently wandering around the museum so that kids could meet him up close and personal, but we never did see him in the never-ending crowds of people.  Princess Nagger wasn't too disappointed; after all, she was in her dinosaur element, got to see Dr. Scott (and Buddy) in person, dug up some fossils in a special dig pit (that she got to take home – the fossils, not the dig pit) , and got to pick out a couple of new dinosaurs for her collection from the gift shop.

In spite of the extremely long lines, the massive crush of people and limited access (because of the crowds) to different parts of the museum, Princess Nagger exclaimed: “Best day ever!”


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54 thoughts on “Paleontologist Heaven and Paleopalooza: Wordless/Wordful Wednesday

  1. It does look like the best day ever! Man, that dude in the pictures actually discovered a DINOSAUR? That is too cool. PN keeps good company.

  2. It does sound slike th ebest day ever, my 4 yr old would have loved this, to bad we live to far away. My daughter tells eevryone she wants to be a paleontologist. I swear she knows more dinosaurs than I can count

  3. What fabulous presentations! We live a few hours from DC now and I’m looking forward to trip into the city with our oldest to the Museum of Natural History. 🙂

  4. Oh wow! My kids would have been in heaven! They love Dinosaur train and learning about dinosaurs so to meet Dr. Scott would have been amazing. Very cool event!

  5. You’re a good Mom & I bet PN things you are too! It’s wonderful she is so interested in such a subject. One day she may being taking the subject up in college or special schooling, and be famous or be in the movie Indiana Jones Jr. ~snicker~ Have a great day!

  6. How cool! It looks like PN was having a lot of fun. I love Dr. Scott. Dinosaur Train is a favorite show in our house! I’m excited to finally be able to get to do stuff like this with my 5 year old. We’re going to see the Kratt Brothers in a couple of weeks and he is really excited about that.

  7. What a fun museum to live near! My kids would be so jealous considering they love Dino Dan and Dinosaur Train, and both have their own little dinosaur journals. I esp love little girls who want to grow up to be paleontologists!

  8. Ahhh, those “this was the best day EVER” moments are a little heart melting, aren’t they? That’s why we do this mom stuff I think. 🙂

    What a great museum!!

  9. So awesome. I showed my girls this post and they were so excited. They are so into Dino’s right now. We are super excited about a new dino exhibit opening at our history museum this summer. Princess Nagger is a doll 🙂

  10. Don’t you love being able to provide the best day ever! We went and saw “Walking With Dinosaurs” at Madison Square Garden a couple of years ago, and Jude loved it. A little scary, but crazy cool.

  11. Sounds like a lot of fun!
    I know my kids would have loved being there.

    That is so cool that your princess got to meet the dr.

    Definitely a wonderful memory for the ages.

  12. Wow, that looks awesome. I think it would be cool to have a kid that was that interested in something. Neither one of mine have really found something to focus on that intently yet.

  13. The Academy of Natural Sciences is such an awsome place. My kids loved it there when we took them a few years ago. They are getting a bit older now, perhaps we should plan another trip!

  14. oh that does look like alot of fun, I know my Abby would love that. We r watching Dinosaur train as I sit here.

  15. I’m sure she was soooo happy! What a dream come true for a dinosaur lover. And I love the photos of her with Dr. Manning. They look like they have a real connection.

  16. what an exciting adventure! the new dinosaur looks like a dragon to me! I bet Princess Naggar was floating on air for days afterwords.

  17. Sounds like an awesome day! It’s great that she is so into something that is also educational. I’m impressed you got to spend the night at the museum for her birthday, too. What fun!

  18. WOW!! I have some dino-fanatics at my house…. that does sound like an awesome day;) I could definitely get into that as well;)

  19. Sounds like a fab day! I crack up every time I see the nickname “Princess Nagger”. Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by my WW at Create With Joy!

    Ramona 🙂

  20. Oh, what fun! I can’t wait until The G Man is old enough to enjoy things like this! Beloved and I so wanted to take him through the Museum of Natural History last weekend.