There’s a new dinosaur exhibit in town and this one promises to be “Bigger.Better.Feathered…” Yesterday was the opening day of Dinosaurs Unearthed at the Witte Museum and it's sure to please the whole family. It runs until Monday September 2, 2013 so there's plenty of time to enjoy it.
This being the opening weekend there were incentives to get people to come in. The surcharge for this exhibit was waived for members and on Saturday there were members’ only activities from 10a.m. until noon. These included coloring activities and a presentation on dinosaur claws and teeth.
Visitors of all ages can enjoy the advanced life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, complete skeletons, fossils and even a paleontological dig site. Informative multi-media displays give detailed information about dinosaurs. Other hands-on interactive include iPads that create 3-D effects on the dinosaurs and buttons that make specific parts of them move.
The main focus of Dinosaurs Unearthed is that the latest discovery in paleontology points to evidence suggesting that some dinosaurs are the ancestors of modern day birds and not reptiles. One of these interactive displays tells the story of how dinosaurs first had feathers as a means of warmth and later evolved to allow them to fly.
There’s always something interesting at the Witte Museum and this family friendly exhibit has something for everyone. Children seemed to be fascinated by these life-sized dinosaurs and judging by the line extending past the entrance it’s going to be a popular one.
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