Just in time to break up the second half of summer, the Liberty Science Center is once again hosting Jack Horner’s Dino Dig through September 4th, 2017. The Dino Dig includes more than 50 life-sized fossils buried in 35 tons of sand. Participants are given brushes to uncover their discoveries, and attentive and knowledgable staff members are at each station to answer questions and offer information about each uncovered fossil.
A large map of the dig site guides children to areas of interest, and they can either focus on one area or help uncover fossils from several different dig sites. Some children will want to carefully brush sand from the teeth of a T. rex while others might dig with their hands to reveal the hip bone of a Triceratops. The discovery of a nest of dinosaur eggs was a particular favorite when we visited. The area is designed to resemble an actual dig site Hell Creek Formation in Montana, so it doesn’t feel orchestrated or fake, and children will appreciate that.
The dig site is partially shaded for sunny days, and access is weather permitting. The area is covered during rain to keep the sand dry and “brushable.” While parents and caretakers will want to accompany smaller children into the dig site, older children can certainly spend some time with more space, asking questions of staff and taking their time. This activity is recommended for ages 3-12.
Jack Horner’s Dino Dig is officially open 10:00 am – 5:30 pm through Sept. 4th, 2017, weather permitting. The experience is included in Liberty Science Center admission, and children wearing clothing featuring dinosaurs can receive $5 off a child’s admission ticket! The offer is good for up to four children per transaction, and may not be combined with other discounts. Check at the Welcome Desk for more details.
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