What we loved the most are the several walk-in dioramas – they really add to your experience. When you walk into the Texas Caves exhibit, bend down as if you are going into a cave. See the life-sized Waco Indian grass-hut or Comanche tipi in the Waco at the Crossroads of Texas exhibit. Stand over the “mammoth bones” as if you were excavating them yourself. Everything here is so life-like, it really enhances your learning.
One of the things my children enjoyed the most was the museum scavenger hunt that you can pick up at the information desk. Not your typical hunt with questions to find the answers too, these are blown up pictures to find. My kids were attracted to the pictures and did not rush through the museum to find them all. They would find a picture and then linger to learn what it was. (engage!)
They also really enjoyed the hands-on games at many of the exhibits. Fun games such as word scrambles about the topic was another fun way to learn. They collected a letter from each exhibit to unscramble for a prize at the end of the tour. Yet another fun way to keep them “learning”! (enjoy!)