Entertaining Kids With Science and Dinosaurs

Anyone with young kids and time to kill in the New Hampshire-Vermont region near Hanover will appreciate the Montshire Museum of Science, a hands-on children’s museum designed for families just like us with preschoolers in need of a good dose of brain stimulation.

The museum is packed with indoor and outdoor activities, and regularly features new exhibits. We were in town for an impressive dinosaur exhibit this past weekend that featured life-size skeletons and other fun stuff. The entry fee is steep — mom and dad are $12 a pop, kids pay $10, and 2 and younger are free — and you can’t leave without dropping at least a twenty at the gift shop, but it goes to a good cause.

Our new camera did a good job with the highlights:

 

dinosaur bones at the montshire museum

dinosaur bones at the montshire museum

dinosaur backbone at the montshire museum

dinosaur backbone at the montshire museum

honey bees at the montshire museum

honey bees at the montshire museum

stuffed moose at the montshire museum

stuffed moose at the montshire museum

bird's nest at the montshire museum

bird's nest at the montshire museum

candid moment at the montshire museum

candid moment with skeleton at the montshire museum

Make-Shift Coffee Filter From Paper Towel

Here’s a project that is easy and comes in real handy on those early mornings when you run out of coffee filters. I used this one two days in a row without fail.

I can’t vouch for flat-bottom coffee filters, but this is tested and approved for cone filters. Step one: Tear off a single sheet of paper towel. Step two: Carefully place the sheet in the filter canister, folding as necessary. Step three: Cut away the towel that extends above the rim as this may prevent the filter canister from closing properly.

It looks soggy but the coffee brews up great. The final word on paper towels as coffee filters: Works in a pinch!

coffee filter in a pinch

coffee filter in a pinch