Random but true: my eight-year-old has been interested in the Mayan ruins since he was three-years-old. Not many three-year-olds include “Maya ruins” on their interests lists, so this has always been something unique about Jack.
Now, at eight-years-old, he wants to be a historian or an archaeologist when he grows up. He’s already basically an expert on World War II (his passion), but he can also talk circles around me when it comes to anything related to the Maya people.
So when I learned that the Perot Museum in Dallas was bringing in an exhibit called Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed, I pulled the kids out of school so we could attend the media day. That might make me a bad mom, BUT…there was a famous archaelogist at the media preview named Dr. Stuart, and I wanted Jack to get a chance to meet him (it’s not often you get a chance to meet an archaeologist when you’re eight-years-old, so I thought it was worth missing school for this!).
In true Perot fashion, the exhibit is amazing. The kids got to create their own Maya names, go on an archaeological “dig,” and experience Maya architecture. Jack even got a chance to meet Dr. Stuart and ask him some questions (and he probably could have asked him questions for an hour straight!). There was also a place for the kids to build their own temples (out of foam blocks), and even find their birthdays on the Maya calendar (bonus for these activities…they could print out their birthday and Maya name to bring home!).
The exhibit was full of information and learning opportunities for all of us…kids and adults alike.
The Maya exhibit is on the lower floor of the museum. It runs from February 11th- September 4th. There is an additional cost to see this exhibit. Museum members can enjoy exclusive access from 9-10am every Saturday morning and from 11am-noon every Sunday. If you’re a member, I would totally go this route so you can really explore it all and play with all the fun things without having to deal with crowds.
And of course…don’t forget all the other stuff there is to do at the Perot Museum! Check out some of our favorite pictures below.
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