It's been yeaaarrs (like at least 15) since I last went to explore 'Our Dynamic Earth' in Edinburgh. I went on a school trip once, I assume first or middle school, and my Mam says that her and Dad took me once too but I can't remember haha!
Our Dynamic Earth is an interactive experience that takes you on a time-travelling journey of our wonderful Earth, including witnessing a Volcano, feeling the intense cold of our Polar regions and so much more. So to celebrate my birthday this year (right back in October), my friend Laura and I took a trip up to Edinburgh to visit it. I adored it as a kid and enjoyed it just as much as an adult. Here are a
Upon entering the start of our myseterous journey, I didn't just travel back in time in the physical but mentally to my visit/s as a child. I have no idea what (if anything) has changed over the years but I can't remember anything before the 'spaceship'(?) shown in the prevoous 3 images. The time machine was fantastic though and I thought it made a great additon - if it is one haha - to bring the story together and get your brain going from the get go.
Can you guess what I'm gonna say next? Like most places that people seem to asume are predominatly child focused, there is the likelyhood of encountering...shall we say...difficult, people. It always seems to happen to us! We tried to catch the time machine ourselves and it looked like we were going to be successful until the last moment when a particularly wild couple of families jumped in too instead of waiting the 2 minutes until the next one... o_0 We had to deal with screaming, talking through the presentations, running about at times we we're meant to stand still and at one point pysically being pushed off a bench - parents stood at the back and treat the place as if it was a childminding service so they could have a catch up and chat while the kids ran riot. I know there are plenty of people that are respectful and enjoy these places as a family, but we just got unlucky again haha.
With this being Laura's first visit here I was hoping she would enjoy all the little suprises and I was all set to see her get a shock when we enetered the volcano room..but suprise, suprise (or not) one of the rowdy kids heard me talking to her and said extra loud what was about to happen! Kids man! It was still fun though as was the next room (which may be my fave) as it feels like you're really there, especially if you get a seat on the bench ;)After that you have free reign for the next few sections which is great as you can go at your own pace depending on if you like to read and examine everything or just skim. We did a bit of both, mainly in the hopes of escaping our group.
The thing about Dynamic Earth is that it's not just for fun, but sneekily cramming in all that information that the up and coming generations despiratly need to know! From growing population and how it effects our wildlife & ecosystems to natural disasters, global warming and more.
One thing I know for sure is that that huge iceberg has definitly been replaced in the years since I last visited haha! It's actually one of the strongest memories I have from back then, as my class pressed their hands into it, seeing who could keep it there the longest to make a handprint. I tried to hold my hand onto it this time and dang it, it was colder than I remember!
Another thing I found absolutly amazing was our 'flight' from the Actric to the Savanah. I think I'm correct in saying that this is usually a 3D part of the attraction but it wasn't working for one reason or another and we saw it in 2D - either way I hope the people visiting paid attention. Showing us different ecosystems from a unqiue perspective while also highlighting species of animal we may lose soon amoung other fun stuff, it's extrememly important people listen and work towards rectifying the damange we have done to our planet.
Lastly, I wanted to quickly mention the movie shown in the Show Dome at the conclusion of your visit to Dynamic Earth. Probably just skip this if you have younger children as it is about 15-20mins long, but it is extermemly interesting. This movie may change but when we were there it talked about what we are doing to keep our planet safe from large meteors and despite not being activly interested in anything 'Spacey' I really liked it.
Anyway, this post has gone on long enough. Thank you for reading. If you'd like to give Our Dynamic Earth a visit or learn more about it, you can visit the website here. Always make sure to keep up to date with what they have going as recently the even had famous British astronaut Tim Peake visit!!
I hope to go back soon, hopefully with Tasha as the whole day I thought, 'this would be right up Tasha's street'. haha!
Have you been to Dynamic Earth? Did you enjoy it? If not, would you like to visit? Is there anything like this near where you live?