Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. It's a beautiful setting on Turnagain Point with a slightly different feel from the zoo, but many of the same animals. The grizzlies were being shy, but we got to check out lots of Wood Bison (a cousin of the Plains bison and candidate for reintroduction in AK).
He's definitely having a great time but I sometimes wonder how overwhelming everything is (especially considering the rest of the summer), but later I know he's retaining a lot of it because he shares tidbits at the oddest times. And even if all he wants to do is jump in puddles, see ducks and throw rocks in the water, at least James and I get to do it all in a new and amazing place with awesome family we don't get to see often enough.
Next we headed to Portage Glacier. We checked out the visitor center where we met Smokey the Bear:
However, we rounded the corner into the Imaginarium and Matthew forgot all about dinosaurs (and his post-gold medal finger slam into a locker trauma) when he saw the Rube-Goldberg contraption:
Had we not prodded him away, we might have spent all day here. He really likes the one in Bozeman about the earth/life cycle but this one was even better. We eventually convinced him to explore some other areas:
And make more bubbles:
And Catherine met the snapping turtle: