After a fantastic family day on the Flying Scotsman yesterday, it was time to depart South Yorkshire. We have already checked out Manchester, Leeds and York so thought we would push on a bit further to see what Middlesbrough had to offer and to break up the journey.
It was a great museum for the kids, with lots to play with and Lego mini figurines to search for.
We liked the bird collection and even found some more puffins.
A long way from home we spotted some emu eggs. Eloise was puzzled how they got all the way from Australia.
As we were trying to keep up with Lachlan throughout the museum we suddenly heard an excited shriek, he had found a dinosaur. He spent quite a while inspecting the dino footprint.
Dorman Museum is a local and social history museum on the town centre side of Albert Park, Linthorpe in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England. It is one of two museums operated by the local borough council, along with the Captain Cook birthplace in Stewart Park… At its official opening on 1 July 1904, the museum’s theme was the natural sciences. Since then, galleries of the local Linthorpe Art Pottery, work by Victorian industrial designer Christopher Dresser, and Middlesbrough’s history have eclipsed this early theme. Remnants of the original Victorian and Edwardian collection of taxidermied, plinth-mounted animals are in the Nelson Room; various taxidermied exotic birds in their original cases with decorative painted backgrounds and colourful and large birds’ eggs.
This really set the theme for the day. We were about to settle in for the long final leg back to Glasgow when a special park caught Lachlan’s attention. Forget Australia, Austria, Hungary and Portugal, Lachlan’s highlight of the year was Middlesbrough’s Teessaurus Park. Lachlan was darting about, shouting, a dream come true, he sure does love a Dino park.
The real highlight was at the top of the hill where Lachlan found not one but three triceratops or as he calls them “t-tops”, his favourite dinosaur.
There was quite the display, spread throughout the park. Eloise and Lachlan had made their way around in no time at all.
Eloise’s new birthday camera is getting a good workout with plenty of photos of their journey, Eloise is very good at sharing with Lachlan but is not always happy with how long it takes to get the camera back.
We tried to tire the kids out a little bit before the final leg home.
We got home just in time for a bit of sun and to stretch our legs to feed the ducks. It is certainly getting cooler up here.