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Dinosaur family fun

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You're sure this isn't real, right?

News flash:  There is a world outside of the school building!  Need a quick weekend break to remind your family that learning can be genuine, social, and maybe accidentally fun?  Have a budding paleontologist?

Nestled in wooded terrain only about an hour from Dallas is Dinosaur Valley State Park, an excellent place to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine with the kids while you all take a hike down to the riverbed to explore some of the best dinosaur tracks anywhere.  Even older children will be enthralled by the giant fiberglass models of an Apatosaurus (70 feet) and Tyrannosaurus Rex (45 feet).  A great place for budding imaginations!

Be sure to pack a picnic and your fishing poles should the Paluxy River call your name.  If your kids have been bemoaning the closing of the local pool, pack their trunks and tanks and let them take a dip in the river.  There is plenty there to spend the day and even overnight should you be inclined to camping out under the stars.

To prep for such an excursion, introduce your kids to the new program Dinosaur Train on PBS!  Think Jurassic Park meets Jim Henson.  It’s a friendly and colorful program that introduces primary grades to the basics of scientific exploration into the world of natural history.  Each episode follows Buddy, an irresistibly cute T-Rex through various adventures via the dinosaur train.  Especially impressive is the incorporation of crucial science vocabulary that your children will definitely see on standardized tests.  Visit the website for more info for parents or engaging online play for children.  Great job PBS!

Have a Dino-mite time!
 

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