Paleontologist Heaven and Paleopalooza: Wordless/Wordful Wednesday

by Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) on February 23, 2011 · 54 comments

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I still don’t have updates on the renovation project, things have stalled a tad bit with Mother 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 Paleopalooza – Princess Nagger was in seventh heaven.

For her birthday 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 Dinosaur Train fame) do his presentation about dinosaurs, 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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1 Casey February 23, 2011 at 6:21 am

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 brian February 23, 2011 at 7:54 am

oh i know PN is loving all the dio fun…i think you have a little girl destined to be digging bones…

3 Jessica February 23, 2011 at 9:05 am

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

4 Nicole February 23, 2011 at 10:02 am

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. :-)

5 Alicia February 23, 2011 at 10:31 am

Wow, this is the perfect place for her!!! Her love of dinosaurs is so cute!

6 Secret Mom Thoughts February 23, 2011 at 10:43 am

Sounds like a great day. Wish we lived closer so we could go to this event.

7 Emilie February 23, 2011 at 11:33 am

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!

8 XmasDolly February 23, 2011 at 11:34 am

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!

9 Angela February 23, 2011 at 11:44 am

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.

10 Cascia February 23, 2011 at 11:45 am

So cool! I can tell she had a great time.

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11 Kelly February 23, 2011 at 11:46 am

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!

12 Cecily R February 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm

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!!

13 veronica lee February 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Sounds like an exciting day for Princess Nagger! Cool museum! Love the pics.

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14 jenny February 23, 2011 at 12:27 pm

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 :)

15 Raven February 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm

What fun! You are such an awesome mom for doing that for her!
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16 tracy February 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm

What an incredibly awesome day!!! Wow!

17 Gretchen February 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm

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.

18 Carol February 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Looks like an amazing day for the Princess! Cool time! Great pics!

19 Dawn February 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm

how cool!! so neat that the first guy took the time to answer questions-so nice of him!

20 Donna February 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Thanks so much for stopping by The House on the Corner ~ I’m following back!!

Your daughter is precious!!!

21 JamericanSpice February 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm

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.

22 Jennifer February 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm

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.

23 DuMb mom February 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Dudes would love this. Looks like SO much fun!

24 B February 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm

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!

25 Joy February 23, 2011 at 2:02 pm

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

26 Gina Alfani February 23, 2011 at 2:29 pm

What an AWESOME experience for her!!! I would love that :)

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27 Becky February 23, 2011 at 2:52 pm

My girls would be sooooo jealous! Big has dreams of being a paleontologist one day.

28 Tonya February 23, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Wow that does sound like the best day ever! Thanks for sharing.

29 Lauren February 23, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Oh, wow, I am so jealous! Dinosaur Train’s a big hit around here, too. What a treat for Princess Nagger!

30 Buckeroomama February 23, 2011 at 7:34 pm

It’s awesome that you are fully supportive of her passion and giving her every opportunity to learn more. :)

31 Jenna February 23, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Oh how fun!!! My boys would have loved that too, they just love Dinosaur train.

32 aimee February 23, 2011 at 8:15 pm

What fun!! My daughter would have LOVED this!

33 Tina February 23, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Oh so much fun :)

34 Kmama February 23, 2011 at 8:41 pm

My six year old would love this stuff. So cool!

35 Jenners February 23, 2011 at 8:54 pm

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.

36 Faythe February 23, 2011 at 9:02 pm

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

37 Mrs.Mayhem February 23, 2011 at 9:11 pm

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!

38 Sassy February 23, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Wow! How cool! My boys would have loved it there! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

39 Harriet February 23, 2011 at 6:48 pm

That is like your daughter’s dream come true!!!!
I can’t believe how big she is.

Have a great rest of your week.

40 kelly February 23, 2011 at 10:02 pm

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

41 Sprite's Keeper February 23, 2011 at 10:09 pm

It does sound like an amazing day, and she’s getting so tall! Great pix!

42 amy February 24, 2011 at 12:21 am

wow, this looks so cool. i wish we had something like this around here!

43 Create With Joy February 24, 2011 at 3:18 am

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 :-)

44 Jan February 24, 2011 at 9:01 am

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.

45 Bibi February 24, 2011 at 9:06 am

That looks like a cool presentation. My boys would love to be there.

46 Pooba February 24, 2011 at 1:53 pm

That is awesome that she got to go on stage! I love how much she is in love with dinosaurs!~

47 Julie From Momspective February 24, 2011 at 2:00 pm

She really loves her dinosaurs, that’s so super totally cool!

48 angie February 24, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Looks like a really engaging presentation!

49 Abby Approved February 24, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Oh my goodness. My little man would be so excited to meet Dr. Scott and Buddy. Those are real celebrities to him!

50 Amber February 25, 2011 at 8:29 am

Oh wow, she must have LOVED that. I can only imagine how long she has been talking about that day :)

51 Sue February 25, 2011 at 9:25 am

Sounds like a fun day. That’s great how much she loves Dinosaurs. :)

52 Elle February 25, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Princess Nagger must’ve been in dinosaur heaven! You have a budding paleontologist on your hands.

53 Lori February 26, 2011 at 5:38 pm

What a fun event!! My kids would have loved that.

54 Krystyn February 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm

What an awesome presentation.

My girls would have loved it.

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