It’s all about Dinosaurs this month at the Discovery Museum and Star Eco Station!

By Heather Crivellone

Is your child a paleontologist in the making?  Do they know the difference between a triceratops and a pterodactyl?  Or if they are like my little guy- run around the house growling and pretending to be a T-Rex?
This past weekend, we had the opportunity to take a sneak peek into the Discovery Museums newest exhibit-  “Blast from the Past”.    And if your kids (or yourself) are interested in anything and everything prehistoric, then this is a must “to do” on your family fun list.

With hands-on activities, you can learn all about dinosaurs, fossils, rocks and crystals.  They also have a fantastic area for the younger children that is dedicated to the “Dinosaur Train”.  This hit PBS kids show introduces your kids to the world of dinosaurs using friendly “Buddy” the T Rex who lives among a family of pteranodons.  My kids had a blast dressing up as their favorite characters (I even joined in on the fun) and pretended to be a family of ferocious dinos!
Books, coloring pages, train sets and more make up this inviting area for the youngest of guests.
Older kids can explore the fields of magnetism, inspect crystals under microscopes and engage in the science of paleontology.  They did a great job in putting this exhibit together and in welcoming kids of all ages.  My husband was like a big kid and I couldn’t drag him away from some of the stations!

“Blast from the Past” is open now through August 2012.  Entrance into the museum is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for children ages 4-12 and ages 3 and under are free.  They are open Tuesday-Friday noon-4:30pm and Saturday/Sundays 10am-4:30pm.

And if you are looking for even more dinosaur action- then this is the month to be in Sacramento!  This weekend (January 21st and 22nd) at the Star Eco Station in Rocklin, they are hosting their 6th annual Dino-Faire.
Featuring “Dino-Man” and a guided tour of the Star Eco Station, kids can play games, go on a “dino dig” and learn about dinosaurs with hands-on activities.
Show times are 10am-12pm and 12:30pm-2:30pm.  Tickets are $9 adults and $8 for children under 16.  Tickets do sell out quickly, since this is one of their more popular events, so check website for availability.

I’m sure your little paleontologists and archeologists will have a great time at one of these events and will learn a little something other than what the dinosaurs say….RAWR!


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