The Springfield Museums will present an afternoon of dinosaur fun on Friday, March 21, from noon until 4 p.m. The program is part of the Weekend Family Fun series and is sponsored by TD Banknorth. Dino Fun Friday activities are free with museum admission unless noted.
Visit the special exhibit Dinosaurs: Land, Sea and Air and see lifelike robotic dinosaurs that swim, soar, stomp and roar. Visitors can also a make a robotic dinosaur "skeleton" move, make dinosaur track rubbings, and be paleontologists as they dig for fossils and "bone up" on prehistoric facts. (additional fee of $3 per person for all visitors ages 3 and up) See the planetarium show, Mystery of the Disappearing Dinosaurs, and learn how scientists discovered clues that allowed them to solve one of science's greatest mysteries: the sudden disappearance of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago; 1 p.m. (additional fee) Meet T-rex, the Science Museum's costumed dinosaur, as he roams through the exhibit halls. Make your own Pteranodon from folded paper and take your flying reptile for a test flight. Take part in a mini dino-dig or excavate through a pan of rocks, sediment and sand to find real fossils. Find out what dinosaurs looked like by putting together a dinosaur puzzle. Where did dinosaurs live? Match different dinosaurs to their environments. Identify rocks and minerals by examining them and learning about their characteristics. Go on a scavenger hunt to find dinosaur eggs hidden throughout the Museums.