Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale, New Haven
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
Diseases and dinosaurs offer just the right amount of ick and awe to captivate young audiences here. The museum houses the largest collection of dinosaur bones and complete skeletons in New England, and one of the most historically significant in the country. To help bring that history to life, the museum hosts "Night at the Peabody" once a year (March 27). Inspired by the movie "Night at the Museum," staff members dress as Neanderthals, mummies, and a paleontologist. There are scavenger hunts, games, and crafts. Through Jan. 31, visitors can take part in the "Disease Detectives" exhibit. Children are assigned a mannequin-patient and work as amateur diagnosticians to discover what's wrong, taking temperatures and looking at lab test results. Science Hill on campus, Whitney Avenue and Sachem Street, 203-432-5050, peabody.yale.edu, Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5, adults $7, seniors $6, ages 3-17 $5, under 3 free.