There are several benefits of having a scientist dad (or mom, of course). Even better than the enhanced pet possibilities and the never-ending answers to those never-ending kid questions about the natural world are the occasional visits to the lab. If you managed to get tired of looking at the vast array of live animals, stuffed animals, skeletons, unidentifiable things in jars, and weird paraphernalia, you could always read the hundreds of Far Side comics taped to the walls.
On a very vaguely related note: I just know that some of you will be interested to learn that Wyatt from Weird Science is now a medievalist! Nice!