#RealMomReview: Dino Play at The Mind Museum


One of the things that most moms look for whenever they're out and about is a good place to take their kids to. It maybe a luscious park filled with trees, an indoor playground, or a place to play make-believe. But according to RJ Dancel, mom to one-year-old, Yñigo, and blogger behind The Millennial Panda,  there's probably nothing more fascinating to young children than dinosaurs. Her son has been so inclined to dinosaurs that finding the right place to expose him to it has become difficult. It's a good thing that she discovered Dino Play, an exhibit at The Mind Museum featuring different activities exploring the mind-blowing world of dinosaurs. Today's #RealMomReview is all about dino fun! We sat down with RJ, who shared her family's Dino Play experience at the Mind Museum.

Dino Play introduces guests to the origins of dinosaurs and how they're related to familiar reptiles. Impressions of dino footprints guide guests to the different installations including the Dino Dig, Dino Lab, Dino Fun, and Dino Den.

Here's a preview of RJ's family adventure at Dino Play:


Here is RJ's feedback:

How did you find out about Dino Play?

“A good friend of mine asked me if I wanted to go with my hubby and son."

When did you go?

“We visited Dino Play last week.”

What was your first impression when you saw the exhibit? How did your son react?

"I actually thought, Wow! It seemed so legit. Yñigo and Bobby's eyes brightened up when we got to the area. Then Yñigo started going around, touching the dinosaur displays and putting his foot on the dino footsteps."

What did you like most about it?

"I appreciated that there was a Dino Den, where small children could play. It was safe! There were onesies available to dress up Ynigo and make him feel like a dinosaur for a day. It was raining when we went there. But the good thing is that the staff provided anti-mosquito lotion. The thing I liked most was that there was a variety of activities that all members of the family can enjoy. It was interactive and well-set-up."

Is there any area of your experience where you’d like to see an improvement?

“I wish that the exhibit would grow or explore other activities that would entice children to stay longer. They could have short presentations or talks on basic dinosaur facts. Or maybe they could have a guide who could tour children around the vicinity, finding dinosaur fossils. They could also make merchandise like dino cards or set up a photo booth so that kids and parents  have something to remember from the experience.”

Would you recommend it to your friends?

“Yes, most definitely! I would invite everyone, mommy friends, my relatives, and even my friends who are kids at heart.”

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The Mind Museum’s traveling exhibition Dino Play will be on display until September 30, 2016. The exhibition aims to travel to cities and provinces around the country as part of The Mind Museum’s mission to bring science closer to the general public.

Entrance fees are at P200 (for child/student) and P100 (for adults). If you want it packaged with a three-hour tour of The Mind Museum, it's P650 (child/student) and P700 (for adults). Enjoy the Dino Play exhibit for 90 minutes choosing from these time slots: 9am to 1030am | 1030am to 12nn | 12nn to 130pm | 130pm to 3pm | 3pm to 430pm | 430pm to 6pm. Guests are welcome on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, email inquiry@themindmuseum.org, go to www.themindmuseum.org, or visit their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.