“Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice™” Roars Back to Minnesota Children’s Museum May 29

The dinosaurs are back! “Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice™” returns to Minnesota Children’s Museum on May 29. The popular exhibit transports families back to the Cretaceous Period (70-65 million years ago), a time when dinosaurs last roamed the earth, allowing children and adults to explore dinosaur habitats and better understand how these fascinating animals lived.

Children will go face-to-face with the prehistoric world and meet dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes. The exhibit, aimed at children ages 3 to 10, features two distinct environments and a variety of interactive activities.

A Field Research Station invites children to step into the role of paleontologist by uncovering fossils with brushes and creating drawings of the dinosaur environment using fossil rubbings and tracings.

The steamy “Land of Fire” connects visitors with the prehistoric home of the Triceratops and T-Rex. Kids can circle the land in insect costumes and buzz through a volcano with oozing lava, or work through a swampy bog and identify an ecosystem of animals and plants.

No coats are needed for a trip across the “Land of Ice” where visitors meet a Troodon and an Edmontosaurus, two dinosaurs that made their homes in the cold climate of Alaska. Activities include climbing rocky steps, breezing down an icy slide and hopping across stepping stones in an icy river.

“Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice” utilizes new research about the climates in which dinosaurs were able to survive and thrive. Originally created by Minnesota Children’s Museum, this is the first child-centered exhibit in the country dedicated to expanding the understanding of dinosaur habitat and range. The exhibit will run through Sept. 6. Tickets are available at www.mcm.org/tickets.

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