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See ‘Dinosaurs Unearthed’ One Last Time

The Academy of Natural Sciences exhibit closes January 16.

It’s time to say goodbye to “Dinosaurs Unearthed” — but not without one final party.

 

The exhibit, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University for a second tour since June, closes January 16. The museum has a full schedule of special events this weekend to entertain fans all the way to the end.

 

Among the highlights:

 

A live animal show at 11 am and 3 pm, featuring the closest living relatives of dinosaurs: birds!

 

A live reptile exploration station so kids can get up close to cold-blooded specimens.

 

Temporary tattoos and crafts focusing on dinosaur skin.

 

A micro-cart with special exhibits and activities.

 

Dinosaur story time with Marty the Moose at 2 pm each day.

 

Diorama drawing and the chance to have the coloring book designed by the museum’s own Jason Poole signed by the author (you have to buy the book).

 

These activities are free with museum admission. Tickets for the museum and the exhibition are $24.95 for adults and $20.95 for kids (you can buy them online and save time). If you’re a member, admission to the exhibit is $4 per person.

 

 

dinos-sq“Dinosaurs Unearthed” features animatronic dinosaurs that move, roar, and thrill children to bits and pieces (and occasionally scare a few). There are also interactive activities, including touch screen quizzes and search games. Kids can also get close to dinosaur poop, and weigh themselves to find out how many of them it would take to weigh as much as a dinosaur.

 

But mostly, they’ll want to watch the dinosaurs. There’s a massive Tyrannosaurus rex emerging from a volcano, Stegosaurus and Allosaurus juveniles stuck in a Carnosaur’s trap, and many more. Kids can even make the Yangchuanosaurus and Protoceratops move on their command, choosing which body part to wiggle.

 

The academy has a long history with dinosaurs: it was the first in the country to show off dinosaur fossils in 1855. The museum continues to do field work in paleontology, and prizes its mission to teach kids (and their parents) about the latest in dinosaur research.

 

The Academy of Natural Sciences is at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. The museum is open from 10 am  5 pm on January 14, 15, and 16. For more information, visit the museum’s website.

 

Photographs courtesy of the Academy of Natural Sciences and Henry Shaw Gelbach. 

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