We had around 180 homeschoolers join us for our field trip to the Mummies Exhibit at Discovery Place in Charlotte. We first enjoyed an IMAX film, Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs, then went on to tour the exhibit with audio guides.
Most of our families gave favorable reviews for the IMAX film. Many felt it really enhanced the exhibit and were glad we viewed it before touring the exhibit. Most also enjoyed the audio guides, especially because we could type in the number of the displays we were particularly interested in instead of being forced to listen to one long "spiel." Several families felt that some of the audio portions were a little long-winded, especially for younger children.
The exhibit itself got great reviews from most families. Those who viewed the learning guides and prepared their children beforehand probably enjoyed it the most. Viewing some of the younger mummies (babies and young children) were too intense for some of our children, while others had no problem with them.
As always, I enjoyed meeting all of the families who joined us - some have joined us on previous trips, while others were completely new to Carolina Homeschooler.
If you couldn't join us and would like to go, call Discovery Place first to see if you can get a discount. (They previously said we had to have at least 15 people to get the discount, but since we went, they're allowing individual homeschoolers to get the group rate - $12 for the exhibit. The IMAX and audio guides are an additional cost. It's a good discount over their regular rate, making it much more affordable for homeschooling families. We like to think our group impressed them so much that they decided to offer the discount to all homeschoolers - who knows?)
For more information about the exhibit, see the Mummies website and the Discovery Place website. A learning guide is available, and recommended, before you visit.