Winter weather is upon us right now. The temps are low, therefore it makes the most sense to stay inside, right? That may seem like a logical choice, but it poses some problems. While they might be warm and cozy, your kids could be going stir crazy. If you have no solution to the problem, there’s no need to worry, because we have some ideas. Make today the day you get out of the house, stretch those legs, and learn a thing or two in the process, when you take the whole fam to the Heard Natural Science Museum!
What You’ll See
Right now, there’s so much going on at the Heard Museum. If you’ve got a little nature enthusiast on your hands, take them to the Animals of the World exhibit to see species like the Ring-tailed Lemur and the Northern Racoon, and then pop over to the Native Plant Garden where you can all experience trees, shrubs, grasses and vines that are native to Texas!
For the brave souls and dino-lovers, Dinosaurs Live! and the Fossil Tortoises exhibit will be the place to go. Watch a 46-foot T-Rex move about, and even stick around to hear him roar! You still have about two weeks to catch this guy, as the exhibit will end after February 17.
Two other noteworthy exhibits are the Native Texas Snakes and the Pioneer Village. At the snake exhibit, your family will see some slinky reptiles up close and personal. Out of 120 species that the state has to offer, only a few live at the Heard Museum, but you can view them and also learn some facts. Then, walk on over to the Pioneer Village and let the kids play around on 8 buildings that represent what structures would have looked like in the 1800s.
History Behind It
The museum is named after Miss Bessie Heard, who spent her entire life committed to the growth of the community and northern part of the state. In 1967, she saw the need to block off some land in order to educate future children on nature and wildlife, thus the Heard Natural Science Museum was born. Though she passed in 1988, her legacy lives on, and her lifelong philanthropy has not been forgotten.