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A Cheap and Fun Way to Rock Your Spring Break

 by Stephanie P.

 

The 38th Annual Indian Mounds Rock & Mineral Club, Gem and Mineral Show, is taking place this weekend at Rogers Plaza in Wyoming. We attended the show last year over spring break and my kids (ages 8, 6 and 4) were begging to go back!

The show is not only educational, but it’s silly cheap – I was quick to add it to our plans! Admission and parking is free, knowledge is flowing, and you can walk away with a plethora of cool souvenirs for pocket change.

Grand Rapids Rocks and Minerals

Our first stop was the children’s table where you can pay $0.50 for an egg carton and then fill and label each space with a rock, mineral or gem.

The volunteers here are beyond helpful, super sweet, and more than ready to educate your little ones about their picks. We arrived home about an hour ago, and my kids are still oohing and ahhing over their cartons – they’ve set up their own ‘rock shows’ and are visiting each other’s finds. I love it!

Grand Rapids Geology

From there, we rounded the table for a few more fun freebies and demonstrations.

We were able to watch a gem being shaped into a faceted ring and observed as various rocks were polished. Most tables are hands on, and many of the stations are okay with kids handling their inventory.

04 - inventory

Here’s something I chose not to handle.

There is an entire table lined with fossilized dinosaur poop, and a display to go with! By observing their poo, also known as Coprolite, you can determine if they were a meat eater or plant lover, and get a good idea about their habitat. If you have a dinosaur lover in your family, they will eat this up…not literally of course!

05 - dinosaur poop

Vendors are located throughout, and my kids get a kick out of searching their tables for the perfect find(s).

Each child brought $2 along to spend at the show. It’s a good place to let them do the purchasing – not only does it work on money skills and wise spending, but it gives them a confidence boost and more pride in their purchase. We took home an arrowhead, a gem ring, a shell necklace, Brazilian agate and more!

06 - ring

The show continues today (Friday, April 5, 2013) from 9:30 AM-9:00 PM and tomorrow (Saturday, April 6, 2013) from 9:30 AM-8:00 PM, so there’s plenty of time to check it out!

For more about the Indian Mounds Rock and Mineral Club, or for information on joining their Junior Club (which looks really cool), check out their website at http://indianmoundsrockclub.com/, or visit their Facebook page here.

Geology Rocks!

07 - home rock show

 

3 Comments

  • Joni

    Looks interesting. We might have to check this out.

  • Ruth

    LOVE it!!! It’s so great to have resources where the vendors/docents/exhibitors are so kid-friendly and generous with their knowledge!! I love that the kids can participate and then take it to the next level even after they leave the exhibits!
    Great article – makes me want to go!

  • Ann

    Thank you so much for letting us know! I haven’t heard about this and my son will love it!!

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