Creation and Earth History Museum
100 Days of Camping Day #12
I love taking my kids to museums, but as a backyard Christian scientist, it can be tricky to teach our own perspective when museum after museum, book after book are telling them that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago and that we evolved from apes. Now, there's nothing wrong with allowing people to have this theory, but why should they have a monopoly in the education world? Lucky for me, I found the Creation and Earth History Museum near San Diego, only 35 minutes from our campground.
I'll let the pictures speak for themselves in demonstrating the professionalism and hands-on, kid-friendly-ness of this museum, I want to point out how welcoming the staff were. I am used to seeing staff members cringe a little when they see me come in with 5 small children. I deal with it. This place was so different. When they saw me come in with 5 small children, they were thrilled and I sensed that. One of the museum guides talked with our kids after the tour and told them about the size of dinosaur's brains, and how lizards and dinosaurs were different. He also gave each of the kids $1,000,000 bills with a Christian message on them. They thought they were real until I explained it to them in the car. I took so many more pictures, there were so many exhibits! And it was all very kid friendly with lots of hands-on experiments at the their eye-level.
Even if you aren't Christian, this museum is worth the visit, and very affordable too. When I explain my beliefs to my children, it helps them gain a broader perspective of the world, and a greater appreciation for it's peoples, cultures and belief systems. So it's a great place to visit to learn the Christian perspective on world history in one afternoon.
But for me, it was oh-so-refreshing to be able to build off of the exhibits that reinforce our own beliefs. Just this once. I would put the Creation and Earth History Museum as one of the must-sees for Christian families if you are in the area. There aren't very many museums like this. $7 for adults, $3 for kids 5+, so we paid $13 to go. Compare that to $60+ for some of the other local museums. It's a place I would like to visit again, especially when Daddy gets a chance to go with us. We bought glow-in-the-dark fish to put on our ceiling as a souvenir.