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Last-Minute Gifts: N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences

Posted December 14, 2012

Whenever I'm visiting a local museum or historic site, we usually peruse the gift shops and I always think to myself, "I need to remember this at birthday and Christmas time." I always find unique items for kids that I don't find in the average toy department.

So, over the next week, I'll feature some top picks from local museum gift shops. Today, it's the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, which actually boasts two shops - one in the museum and one in the Nature Research Center, its new wing.

Here are recommendations from Heather Heath, manager:


Yikerz!: The magnetic board game. Control the magnetic forces with exciting game play for all ages. $19.95. For ages 14 and up.

Fly Trap Fiends

Micro Terrariums Fly Trap Fiends: This kit features the infamous Venus Fly Trap. Watch these fascinating plants grow from harmless seeds into vicious bug-eating monsters! $3.50 For ages 4 and up.

Desk Pendulum: The ultimate "desk toy." Using Sir Issac Newton's third law has never been this mesmerizing! Desk pendulumSwing one ball and one ball on opposite ends swings in response. $8.95. For ages 8 and up.

Dinosaur Bingo

Bingo!: We have several science-related bingo games that are fun for ages 3 and up. $16.95.

Crystal Growing kit

Crystal Growing: You'll find many different types of rocks and minerals for young collectors. Crystal growing kits are always a fun activity. And there are stocking stuffers -- magic growing trees, growing rocks, and these growing kits (pictured). $3-$10. Recommended for 10 and up.

Holiday gift idea

Books: The shop has an assortment of books for kids and adults.

Check Go Ask Mom's Holiday Central and's Holiday Guide for more gift ideas and holiday activities.


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  • Mom2two Dec 16, 2012

    And if you are a member of Friends of the Museum you get a nice discount, too!

  • kimsstressed Dec 14, 2012

    HAHAHA... I had this idea too, going this week end... The usually have unique jewelry items as well!!