I have always loved museums. You travel through time and space simply by walking from one room to the next; the collective wisdom and knowledge from centuries of learning, all housed in one building. Plus, dinosaurs! It’s the closest we’ll get to a TARDIS. The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) reminds us this year that there is no place like the ROM for the Holidays!
K and I found ourselves in a very unusual position this morning – we had nothing planned for the entire day. Fa
mily events were all wrapped up, we did groceries yesterday, the laundry was done… Let’s head out to the ROM!
The ROM comes alive for the season with lots of family-friendly things to do for kids of all ages.
We packed up the dad bag, waited for rush-hour to pass, put the Wee Baby T in his stroller, and off we went. Fortunately the ROM has extended hours through the holidays, open every day from 10 AM – 7 PM, closed December 31st and January 8th.
Initially I was nervous – when we arrived there were SO MANY PEOPLE, but I was surprised at how quickly and efficiently the staff helped everyone waiting. We got our tickets, checked our coats, and off we went. First on the list was Level 2 – straight for the dinosaurs. Just a quick short-cut through Bronfman Hall…
Bronfman hall has been taken over!
With inspiration from artist Dale Chihuly, there are several stations for kids (a few years older than T) to create, play, and enjoy the holidays. Staff are on hand to help the younger visitors make incredible edibles, holiday prints using hand-made ink stamps, and holiday origami decorations. You can even get your face painted!
They… They can get their face painted. K wouldn’t let me get in line.
We did our usual walk through the exhibits, pausing for hilarious photo opportunities. Once we had finished with the 2nd level we went to B2 for the Chihuly (everyone pronounces it differently) exhibit. The installation was incredible. Photos don’t do it justice, but I tried:
By this time, T was starting to get hungry. While we would usually have to pack everything up and head home, the Royal Ontario Museum’s Early Learner’s Lounge offers a quiet space for young families to relax, nurse, and let dad calm down from being a little over stimulated (DINOSAURS!).
As we wandered through, I thought how great it would be to have a membership to the Royal Ontario Museum. As T grows older and becomes more active, exhibits like the Decoration Station and Holiday Prints would be great learning opportunities. Fortunately the ROM has agreed to give me a 1 year Family or Dual membership to keep – and one to give away!
Want a chance to win a ROM Family membership?
Just comment below with the Royal Ontario Museum exhibit you are most excited to see! Make sure you are following the Dadsense Facebook page. That’s where the winner will be announced on January 13th, 2017. This one is open to Ontario residents only. Let’s be honest, you probably won’t get much use out of it if you live in Spain…
I’m thrilled that the Royal Ontario Museum sent me a 1 year family membership; there is so much to see. I can’t wait to go back and explore more of the ROM!
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