Places to Go: Natural History Museum

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The last time we went to the Natural History Museum, Fable was Bo and Revi's age which is insane. There is absolutely no excuse for us to have waited three entire years to go back to a place that used to be one of our favorites. (We got a membership this time around so we'll be back. A lot. Also, we now have memberships to every single place that exists in LA. WE ARE MEMBERS OF EVERYWHERE! WE ARE THE MEMBERIST.)
Anyway. It just so happened that on Saturday, we set our record for longest-time-in-one-place-without-meltdown-until-we-were-leavinge-because-Bo-and-and-Revi-did-not-want-to-go-home-even-though-the-museum-was-closing. SEVEN HOURS. (We usually spend about three hours out on adventures because... well... everyone melts down.) Not this time! We teetered close several times but then someone would became distracted/suddenly interested in a microscope/newt/ touch-screen that made animal sounds and RECOVERY!
We skipped naps.

We left the stroller in the car.

And the Ergo.

It was just the six of us and one purse with a few diapers and a few bags of almonds and a water bottle and that was it. Minimal supplies, fingers crossed, we'll see how this goes.

And it went. We had a sit down lunch at a restaurant wherein we all ate our lunches with only MINOR drama. (We bought strawberries to go with lunch and the kids wanted grapes instead HOW COULD YOU WITH THE STRAWBERRIES, YOU ARE THE WORST!)

The Natural History Museum has done incredible things these last few years, including creating several new outdoor spaces where the kids spent half the time running and rolling down hills and hiding in huts and crawling through little passageways...
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The new Nature Lab is EPIC and beautiful and incredibly interactive and we spent HOURS in that mother. Ironically, the kids (and Hal) were most impressed with the rat habitat: 
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Pretty amazing going back to a place that used to be a monthly destination only to find that everything has changed. Sometimes that feels sad to me but this time it was the opposite of sad. It was exciting and wonderful and kind of the best.
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For more on The Natural History Museum including current and future exhibits, go here.  The Butterfly Pavilion opens on April 13th and runs through the 1st of September which I cannot wait for. (We are currently sheltering a caterpillar/butterfly named "Nut" at our house so we're incredibly invested in this butterfly business at the moment.) See you there, maybe?