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Super Six: Royal Tyrrell Museum

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Alberta's Drumheller is known for its dinosaurs! Crystal Allen and her family recently visited the Royal Tyrrell Museum and enjoyed a fun and educational experience. 

You Will Love

Driving into Drumheller on your way to the Royal Tyrell Museum is like entering a different world. The badlands stretch out around you in every direction. When you walk into the doors of the Royal Tyrell Museum in Alberta you will be transported all the way back to the Palaeozaic era. Outside the museum there are stairs that take you to an ariel view of The Badlands and even a trail past several hoodoos.

Don't Miss

In Dinosaur Hall there is a museum employee who will answer any questions you have about dinosaurs. Next to him is a small table filled with rocks and fossils. Kids can sift through the rocks trying to find a variety of small fossils including dinosaur teeth, turtle and clam shells and dinosaur scales. They have small containers that you can sort your findings into. Our 5 year old spent over half an hour hunting for fossils and asking questions about dinosaurs. The table is small and easy to miss, but it's definitely worth a visit. Two other rooms that had our daughter entranced were the Burgess Shale room and the Devonian Reef Room.

Yummy Stuff

The Cafeteria at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta serves complete meals, grill selections, snacks and refreshments. During the summer there is a patio for outdoor dining overlooking the badlands. Another option is to pack a picnic lunch and eat outside or under the covered picnic area at the Palaeo Play Park next to the museum.

Most Oustanding Family-Friendly Feature

Outside the Royal Tyrell Museum there are several dinosaur sculptures that are a lot of fun to pose in front of for family pictures. Our favourite was a mother Triceratops with her babies. If other Drumheller activities filled up your day and you don't have time to go to the museum it's still worth a stop to take a look at the ariel view of the badlands, take pictures with dinosaur sculptures and stretch your legs at Palaeo Play Park, none of which require paying for admission. The museum also rents strollers so if you didn't bring your own you may want to rent one. The museum is big and may get tiring for little legs.

Good to Know

If you have little ones in the midst of or past potty training stage, make sure to scout out where the restrooms are ahead of time to avoid panicked searching and dashing when someone "has to go". The museum has at least one "family" restroom area but we found that there were childless adults in the lineups for these restrooms. It may be a good idea to take a trip to the restroom when you first get to the museum. We also found that the first few exhibits at the museum were packed with people but the crowds seemed to thin as we got further into the museum. There is a ton to see at Royal Tyrell Museum so if the first exhibits are crowded you may want to proceed to less crowded rooms and loop back afterwards.

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Amenities

- Diaper change area

- Family washroom

- Strollers for rent

- Children's worksheets can be downloaded before visiting

 

Crystal Allen lives in beautiful Richmond, B.C., and calls herself a mother, wife, blogger, children's book publicist, freelance writer and Etsy seller. You can find her online at her blog, Sew Creative where she writes about creative living, and at her Etsy store, Lilikoi Lane

 

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