The Royal Saskatchewan Museum is awesome. My kids were fascinated by the Life Sciences gallery, which features realistic scenes packed with plants and animals native to Saskatchewan. The Paleo Pit in the basement was also a hit – there’s a small climber and a lot of dinosaur-themed activities.
Location: 2445 Albert St, Regina (map)
Parking: Large parking lot
Age Range: 0 – Adult
Features: Galleries featuring animals and plants, the environment, First Nations history, and dinosaurs
Amenities: Washrooms, cafe, gift shop
Accessibility: Stroller and wheelchair loans are available (first come, first served). The Paleo Pit is not wheelchair accessible – it is down a short flight of stairs.
Admission: By donation – $15 / family is suggested. Donations of $10 or more can be paid by credit card.
Charlotte’s review (6 years old): “It was amazing. My favourite part was Megamunch.”
Luc’s review (4 years old): “It was good. I liked the animals.”
We had a blast at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. My kids were fascinated by the life-sized plant and animal dioramas – they asked about different bird species and tried to spot animals that were using camouflage. There were also larger-than-life-size insect dioramas, which were both disgusting and interesting.
The kids’ other favourite area was the Paleo Pit, which is in the basement. Turn left and you’ll get a quiet area that’s good for reading (books are supplied), nursing, or calming down. Turn right and you’ll see a small cave-like climber and a multitude of dinosaur-themed activities. The far wall has doors that kids can open to reveal touchable fossils. A colouring table has crayons and adorable dinosaur colouring sheets. There’s also a puppet theatre, a large “rock” with little dinosaur figures, and a magnetic board where kids can create their own dinosaurs. My personal favourite part of this area: the chairs for parents. Note: while the Museum closes at 5:00, the Paleo Pit closes a bit earlier, at 4:00 pm.
Back upstairs, be sure to go see Megamunch before you leave (construction has moved him down a short hall). He’s an animatronic t-rex that museum staff dress up regularly. When we visited, Megamunch was wearing an apron and having a BBQ.
The Royal Saskatchewan Museum was a lot of fun, and I think we stuffed some education in there too.
If you’re headed to Regina, check out my article about all the fun things to do there on Calgary Playground Review!