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All Board! Dinosaur Express

All Aboard! Dinosaur Express

April 21 @ 10:00 am5:00 pm

Explore the special exhibit Dinosaur Train and enjoy dino-mite art and science activities in the museum galleries. Activities are free with museum admission, unless noted.

Today’s Highlights

Live Animal Encounter, 11 am & 1:30 pm
What are the differences between modern reptiles and dinosaurs? Get up close wild animals that call the Springfield Science Museum home. Animals may include a ball python, milk snake, bearded dragons, and turtles. (30 minute presentations)

Meet Buddy the Dinosaur, 11 am-2 pm
Get a hug and snap a selfie with the star of PBS Kids’ Dinosaur Train! Buddy’s appearance is made possible by a partnership with WGBY.

Live Birds of Prey with Tom Ricardi, 1 pm
Join wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi for his ever-popular presentation on birds of prey. Tom will share the natural history of these magnificent birds, demonstrate some of their unique behaviors and inspire children of all ages to appreciate, respect and conserve these important members of our wild kingdom. Tom is a licensed rehabilitator, wildlife biologist, and a retired Massachusetts Environmental Conservation police officer with 40 years of service. He now runs Massachusetts Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Center in Conway, MA.

Ongoing Activities

Chocolate Chip Cookie Excavation, through 3 pm (Free with purchase in the Blake House Café)
Paleontologists use picks and brushes to free fossils from the rocks and dirt around them. Use a toothpick to see how many chocolate chips you can remove intact from a single chocolate chip cookie!

Dinosaur Trading Cards, 11 am-3 pm
Collect exclusive Springfield Museums’ dinosaur trading cards across our campus. Stop in at hands-on stations and other locations to complete your collection, and maybe even find the chase card!

Fossil Identification, 11 am-3 pm
Thousands of years ago dinosaurs roamed our area! Learn our prehistoric world by discovering which objects are fossils or not. Perfect for any budding paleontologists!

Art Discovery Center, 12-4 pm
Trace Chinese characters, try on costumes, play gallery games, peek under lift-up panels on the Wall of Symbols to discover the meaning behind Asian motifs, put on a puppet show, and make an art project. Today: Pasta Dinosaur Skeleton.


April 21
10:00 am–5:00 pm


Springfield Museums
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103 United States


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