Allosaurus and babies.

Dinosaur Stampede at San Antonio Botanical Garden

We are big fans of San Antonio Botanical Garden – we love visiting, seeing the exhibits they offer during the year, and taking advantage of the wonderful homeschool classes they offer.

This fall, there is a wonderful exhibit – Dinosaur Stampede,which runs from September 1st through December 31st 2012. Large dinosaur models are located throughout the Garden. For more information, check out the brochure on SABOT’s website.

We visited the Garden this Saturday (September 1st) for the opening day activities. There were plenty of games, crafts and educational material for children as well as the whole family. Kyri had a blast decorating a dinosaur mask and a pair of T. Rex feet. She loved the dinosaur obstacle course and didn’t get caught once in the tar pit! We were able to see plenty of fossilized wood and coprolite (that’s fossilized poop…) and Kyri even got a small piece of fossilized wood to take hom for her collection.

We managed, even with all the activities, to make it around the Garden and check out all most of  the dinosaurs on display. As I went through our pictures and matched them to the exhibit guide I realized a couple that we missed – we somehow managed to miss the Tropical room and their dino inhabitants! Luckily we will be back in two weeks and will be sure to visit all of the dinosaurs again. All I can say is, with prehistoric millipedes being several feet long (somehow I missed a pictures of these scary beasts!), I am really glad we weren’t around back then!

San Antonio Botanical Garden offers a curriculum guide for the exhibit. We didn’t use this for our initial visit since it was the opening day, but we are planning an upcoming visit with our homeschool group, so we will be utilizing some of the educational material provided before our next visit.

This was a girls day – just Kyri and I went, and we left the boys at home for the day. While I think Ender and Daddy would have had fun, it was awesome spending the day with just Kyri – she loved the undivided attention from Mom. When you spend all day with your children, it is definitely important to make time for this individual attention.

Allosaurus and babies.

Dimetrodon.

Giant cockroaches – enough said.

A Nile crocodile.

Meganeura – a giant dragonfly.

Parasaurolophus

Pterogotus.

The carnivorous Sordes.

Having a great time in the Conservatory.

The Dino Extinction obstacle course – the horsetail forest.

Watch for lava!

Don’t get stuck in the tarpits!

Fossils from Canyon Lake Gorge.

Discovering salt dough “fossils.”

Double cocunuts found on the Seychelles Islands.

Fun dino rubbings.

Kyri’s dino feet!

Playing Dino Bingo.

Kyri gets her face painted with a Hello Kitty mask. She was so happy!
We had a great day together!
Posing for mom.

 

 

6 thoughts on “Dinosaur Stampede at San Antonio Botanical Garden”

  1. Great photos! You all covered a lot of territory.

    We are planning a return visit, too. It was great to see all the volunteers and extra activities on opening day, but it will be nice to come back and study each one at a slower pace.

    1. absolutely. so much to take in, and trying to get to all the activities too. I loved the dinosaurs – I admit the cockroaches and millipedes creeped me out – so glad they are manageable size nowadays! We are planning on participating in the Fall homeschooling class so I think we will spend some time later this month really checking out the exhibit in greater detail.

  2. Enjoyed your photos of the dinosaur exhibit at the Botanical Gardens! Also, I’m delighted to find your blog about raising / homeschooling your children, and vegan lifestyle. Is there a fee to subscribe to it?

    1. thanks for stopping by! no fee, just use an RSS feeder, like Google reader – that’s the one I use for following all my favorite blogs.

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