One of our favorite places to go spend an hour or so is right here in our own backyard. Many people don't realize that Western Colorado has been a major source for dinosaur fossil discoveries. The Dinosaur Journey Museum, right here in Fruita, has many interesting things to see and do for both older and younger visitors. It is of course full of giant dinosaur exhibits with tons of history and facts to read about. I have not yet had the pleasure of meandering through with time to read and really appreciate everything:)
For the younger set, there is a water table with flowing water, rocks and sticks to play with (even our 11 month old gets into this!), dino puzzles, a sand table with dino footprint "stampers", an earthquake simulator (fun!), and one of my son's favorites, a giant sand pit (well, it's actually finely ground walnut shells) where he can uncover fossils. There are fish tanks, a reading area and even a giant dinosaur that spits a stream of water at anyone who dares stand on his bridge. As far as I can tell, most younger kids are totally freaked out by this one:)
There is also a loft area with vending machines and a table to sit and eat lunch at (we bring our own). Like I said, we usually last about an hour here, but you could spend more time as there really is a lot to see and do.
The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children. We come here often enough that we decided to invest in the yearly membership, which was $40 for our family. The cool thing about this is that it also includes entry into Cross Orchards(been there) and Museum of the West (haven't been there). I plan to do reviews on these places soon.
Dinosaur Journey is a fun, educational, indoor activity for all ages. I heard they do Birthday parties here too! Click here to visit their website.
One of the exhibits
Digging for fossils