Seriously, who doesn’t love dinosaurs? Fortunately, there are so many new and exciting classes, programs, and even hotels where families can learn all about dinosaurs, fossils and paleontology. Take a look at five of my favorites below:
1. Dutch Wonderland (Lancaster, PA): Yes, Dutch Wonderland, the popular amusement park for young children. Look for Exploration Island to open up this spring with plenty for curious junior paleontologists to do and discover. Enjoy Dino Dig, an area for digging up fossils, as well as Prehistoric Path, where families can walk and meet loads of animatronic dinosaurs.
2. Great Plains Dinosaur Museum & Field Station (Malta, MT): Situated along the Montana Dinosaur Trail, the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum & Field Station is the place to go for hands-on Junior Paleontology Programs that enable children to learn about dinosaurs and paleontology both within a lab and out in the field. Also, look for the 11th Annual Montana Dinosaur Festival on June 7, 2014.
3. Best Western Denver Southwest (Lakewood, CO): A hotel? Yes, a hotel. The Best Western Denver Southwest recently put $4 million into the hotel to give it a dinosaur-style makeover. Outside the hotel, say hello to a life-sized stegosaurus named Stanley before taking in dinosaur artwork and interactive fossil tables throughout the hotel. The perfect way to turn in after a day spent at nearby Dinosaur Ridge.
4. Science Museum of Virginia (Richmond, VA): Through May 11, 2014, head to the Science Museum of Virginia for the new Be the Dinosaur exhibit. As you enter, you’ll be greeted by a nine-foot tall animatronic triceratops before you play interactive games and learn all about ecosystems, as well as food sources, behavior and anatomy of the dinosaurs.
5. The Mammoth Site (Hot Springs, SD): During the summer break, don’t miss the Junior Paleontology Program at The Mammoth Site where kids ages four to 12 can take part in a simulated excavation. Kids will learn all about excavation techniques and will even bring home a fossil identification booklet. In the Advanced Paleontology Program, participants ages five and up will even learn about bone identification.
Looking for even more ways to spend time with dinosaurs? Take a look at my post: Top 6 Spots to Get Down with Dinosaurs. Do you have a favorite place to go to learn about dinosaurs? Let me know in the comments section below.
Photo Credit: Steve Slocomb