Friday, February 11, 2011

Paleopalooza at the Academy of Natural Sciences

Saturday and Sunday, February 19 and 20, 2011, 10 am – 5 pm
Join the Academy of Natural Sciences  for our annual Paleopalooza festival, a fossil-filled extravaganza at the Academy that’s fun for the whole family! Talk one-on-one with paleontologists about their work, examine historic fossils, watch as we work on the bones of a massive titanosaur, and join Buddy the T. rex and Dr. Scott Sampson from the PBS hit series Dinosaur Train.
Free with general admission.

The Paleopalooza festivities include:
Dr. Scott
Paleontologist Dr. Scott Sampson, host of the PBS series, joins us for a presentation full of Dinosaur Train fun (11 am, seating is first-come, first-served).
Dr. Scott takes the stage again for an all-ages presentation featuring the latest dinosaur discoveries! (Saturday only at 2:30 pm, seating is first-come, first-served)
Meet Buddy
Dinosaur Train's famous T. rex will be roaming the museum. Have your cameras ready and take a picture with Buddy. (ongoing)
Blasting Dinosaurs Into Another Dimension
Dr. Philip Manning will touch upon everything from dinosaur coloration to nuclear waste storage. He will also provide a very close look at the rarest fossils on the planet. (Sunday only at 2:30 pm)
New Jersey Tyrannosaur
Examine the fossils of Dryptosaurus, the first tyrannosaur skeleton to be found in the United States. (ongoing)
Jurassic Giant
Get up close to Suuwassea, the Jurassic dinosaur that put the thunder back in “thunder lizard” (ongoing).
Meet Academy Paleontologists
Meet the scientists who study and care for our fossil collection. (ongoing)
Transitional Fossils
See evolution at work with the fossils of Tiktaalik and Archaeopterix. (ongoing)
Fossil Hunt
Search forand keepyour own fossils. (ongoing)
And More Fossils
Peruse fossil tables and displays from the Delaware Valley Paleontological Society. (ongoing)
Paleo Market
Shop for fossils and books and more. Meet paleoartist Bob Walters. Get a dinosaur tattoo. (ongoing)
Patagonian Titanosaur
Come to the Fossil Prep Lab to watch us working on a new species of Patagonian dinosaur. (ongoing)
Make Your Own Discoveries
Take part in games and hands-on activities designed for the junior paleontologist. (ongoing)
Dinosaur Train
Watch an episode of Dinosaur Train on the big screen. (noon and 3:30 pm)
Fossil Juggling
Juggler Randy Lyons wanders the museum teaching and tossing fossils. (ongoing)
Live Dinosaur Relatives
Meet some of the birds and reptiles that call dinosaurs family. (1 pm)
Dinosaur CSI
Become a dinosaur detective and solve a mystery that happened more than 60 million years ago. (ongoing)
Trilobite Races
Cheer on your favorite custom-made hot rod trilobite as they race for survival! (every 45 minutes starting at 10:30 am)
The Big Dig
Be a paleontologist and dig for dinosaurs. (ongoing.)
Tours of Dinosaur Hall
Meet under the Tyrannosaurus rex. (10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm)
Make a Dinosaur Sculpture
Create your own dinosaur to take home. (ongoing)
Dino Balloons
Balloon artist Josh Steinhouse roams the halls creating your favorite balloon-o-saurus! (11 am to 3 pm)
Fossil Record
Learn about the fossil record and make your own fossil-inspired CD cover. ( 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm)

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