Visit to the ROM

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For the previous several months the kids have talked about nothing but dinosaurs. They have watched dinosaur movies, been reading dinosaur books and been playing imaginary dinosaur games around the house. While Abby didn’t really have a particular favourite, Aiden seemed drawn to what he called a long neck (AKA Diplodocus).

Abby & Aiden huggin each other underneath a large dinosaur
Abby & Aiden huggin each other underneath a large dinosaur

So we decided to go to the ROM on the Thursday after New Years because they had a huge dinosaur exhibit on as well as some family activities for the holidays. The catch was thought that we decided not to tell them where we were going. So, we got up in the morning and got the kids ready and told them that we were taking them somewhere that they have never been before. The only clue that we gave them was that the dinosaur t-shirt that we out on Aiden. The kids had a quite a few guesses and Aiden even mentioned something about dinosaurs but since we had never been to museum like this before it was almost impossible to guess.  When we got downtown, we parked the car and walked down the street toward the ROM. When we got close, they both saw the picture of the dinosaur that was hanging outside and they were extremely excited. Aiden in particular was shaking he was so exicted to get a chance to go and see the dinosaurs.

Abby with her dinosaur mask
Abby with her dinosaur mask
Aiden wearing his dinosaur mask that he made
Aiden wearing his dinosaur mask that he made
Abby & Aiden digging for dinosaur bones with Dad
Abby & Aiden digging for dinosaur bones with Dad
Abby & Aiden digging for dinosaur bones with Dad
Abby & Aiden digging for dinosaur bones with Dad

When we got there the kids had the chance to make a dinosaur mask that they wore periodically throughout the day.

Then the kids and I had a chance to go digging for dinosaur bones at the archaeological centre, which they absolutely loved.

Melissa & the Kids looking at Ice Age Animals
Melissa & the Kids looking at Ice Age Animals
Aiden showing off his dinosaur face in front of a triceratops
Aiden showing off his dinosaur face in front of a triceratops

After we went through the special exhibit of dinosaurs, then we also went to their regular dinosaur section and checked out what they had. At this section Aiden & Abby got to go to a station and touch some dinosaur fossils, which both of them found really neat. Aiden also spent a lot of time looking through the larger dinosaur book with pictures of different types of dinosaurs.

Abby dressed up like Japanese Royalty
Abby dressed up like Japanese Royalty
Abby looking at a small dinosaur that was tucked away down a hall
Abby looking at a small dinosaur that was tucked away down a hall
Abby & Aiden sitting and waiting to go to the next exhibit
Abby & Aiden sitting and waiting to go to the next exhibit
Aiden standing beside a single dinosaur leg
Aiden standing beside a single dinosaur leg

Abby really liked the section of the ROM where she got to try out different fashions from different time periods in history.

The day ended up with Aiden and Abby getting to meet and hug their very own dinosaur.

Aiden hugging the dinosaur mascot
Aiden hugging the dinosaur mascot
Abby hugging the dinosaur mascot
Abby hugging the dinosaur masco
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