As a virtual teacher, I work very closely with homeschool families. I’m always looking for fun ideas and activities to share with them. MOSH (Museum of Science & History) in my hometown, Jacksonville, FL, is a great example.
MOSH offers many exhibits year-round and also has feature exhibits that are temporarily available. My kids and I explored MOSH recently and we had a DINO-mite time (pun intended)! Here are my kiddos’ top 3 favorites at MOSH!
Atlantic Tails: This is an exhibit that is always available at MOSH. Here you’ll encounter many animals found along our coastline, complete with a life-size sculpture of a Right Whale!
Florida Naturalist’s Center: Here you can discover bugs, snakes, turtles, and many other animals in this interactive space. Our favorite animals here are the owls – a Barn Owl and a Screech Owl.
Planetarium and Space Science Gallery: This is one of the largest single-lens planetariums in the United States! A variety of shows are offered here. My kids and I saw Sesame Street’s One World, One Sky and they both loved it! In this show, Elmo and Big Bird meet a new friend who lives far away in China and discover, despite the distance, that they still see the same stars in the night sky.
My favorite part of our trip to MOSH was their traveling exhibit, Expedition: Dinosaur! In this exhibit we got to walk among, and even control, life-sized dinosaurs! In addition to the dinosaurs, there were many fun, interactive activities such as puzzles and excavation experiences. My daughter’s favorite was the photo-op with the climbable T-Rex head!
Click here to read about other exhibits found at MOSH.
On top of all of the wonderful exhibits found at MOSH, they also offer many programs and special activities. One that really piqued my interest is their Homeschool Days. Here students can experience interactive, inquiry-based learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
Click here to read about other programs offered at MOSH.
I’m really looking forward to returning to MOSH in a couple of months. Their next traveling exhibit, Astronaut, explores the physical and mental challenges involved in space exploration and gives visitors a taste of what life is like outside of Earth and its atmosphere.
If you’re in the Jacksonville area, it’s definitely worth checking out!