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Dino Days


Dig into dinosaurs during our fifth annual Dino Days!

Join us for a weekend of paleontological fun! Our list of activities are sure to satisfy your prehistoric curiosities!

NEWS! Due to the megafauna-sized popularity of Dino Day, we’re stretching it into the whole weekend!  Sunday will be Dino Day: the Evolution (with more feathers.)

Dino Days, Saturday, March 7

  • Fossil Casting
    Cast and create your very own take-home fossil! 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. in the Art Classroom
  • Dino Yoga
    Take a trip back in time as we transform into a variety of dinosaurs, 10:30–11 a.m. in the Celebrations Room
  • Dinosaur Exploration Stations
    There is always more to explore when it comes to elusive dinosaurs, 12–4:30 p.m. in the Celebrations Room
  • DinoRamaRama
    Create a mini box dinosaur diorama, 1–3 p.m. in the Art Classroom
  • Paper Plate Masks, 1-3 p.m. in the Art Studio
  • Dino Prints
    Step into the footprint of a dinosaur! Can you fit? How many friends do you need to help you fill up the footprint? All day on the First Floor
  • Dinosaur Thumb Print Art
    Our thumbs might not be as cool as iguanodons’ thumb spikes, but we can still use them for awesome things like making dinosaur art, all day in the Art Studio
  • Measure a Dino
    Stretch out our spools to see how long a few favorite dinosaurs really were! All day in Possible-opolis

Activities for hatchlings 5 and under:

  • Dino Bath Time
    Even dinosaurs need to get clean! Come scrub and dunk our dino chicks and reinforce how important bath time is for all warm-blooded critters. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Wildernest
  • Meltosaurus
    We’ll practice fine motor skills while freeing dinosaurs trapped in ice!, 2–3 p.m. in the Rooftop Clubhouse

Dino Days: The Evolution (with more feathers), Sunday, March 8

Can’t make it to Dino Day on Saturday? Some of our favorite dino-themed activities will survive extinction and continue into Sunday for a second day of dinosaur inspired fun.

  • Taste of Tech: Dinosaur Sculpting with 3D Pens
    Come and play with 3D pens; trace dinosaur images, make your own prehistoric sculptures, and get an idea of how to use 3D technology. 12–1:30 p.m. in the Art Studio Classroom.
  • Prehistoric Stop Motion Animation
    Try your hand at stop-motion animation! We will be experimenting with dinosaur action figures, clay, prehistoric backdrops and more to make our own short video on an iPad. This digital storytelling process is great for building fine motor skills, developing patience and stretching our creativity. 2:30–4 p.m. in the Art Studio Classroom. 
  • Dinosaur Thumb Print Art
    Our thumbs might not be as cool as iguanodons’ thumb spikes, but we can still use them for awesome things like making dinosaur art, all day in the Art Studio
  • Dino Prints
    Step into the footprint of a dinosaur! Can you fit? How many friends do you need to help you fill up the footprint? All day on the First Floor
  • Measure a Dino
    Stretch out our spools to see how long a few favorite dinosaurs really were! All day in Possible-opolis

Activities for hatchlings 5 and under:

  • Dino Bath Time
    Even dinosaurs need to get clean! Come scrub and dunk our dino chicks and reinforce how important bath time is for all warm-blooded critters. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Wildernest

All Dino Day activities are included with museum admission. Admission is free for members. Non-members may buy tickets online at the front desk. Online tickets are good for any date and never expire. No pre-registration is needed, activities will be open to all while supplies last.

You may buy general admission tickets at the front desk, or save time and order them online. Tickets are good for visiting on any day the museum is open to the public; and they never expire.

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