Tyrannosaurus rex and friends in Dinosaur Hall (Credit: Katie O. Clark/ANSP)
Tyrannosaurus rex and friends in Dinosaur Hall (Credit: Katie O. Clark/ANSP)

Instead of heading out to the shopping malls after Thanksgiving, why not pack up the kids and head down to The Academy of Natural Sciences instead? November 26 – 28 are “Dinosaur Days” at the Academy. From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each of those days, families can experience fun activities featuring dinosaurs and their closest living relatives, birds.

Some of the activities available include:

  • Fossil preparation demonstrations in the Paleo Lab
  • Dinosaur and bird shows each day in the auditorium
  • Make your own fossil discoveries through games and hands-on activities
  • Prehistoric crafts and face painting

There are also three special events scheduled:

  • Friday, November 26, 1 pm
    • “Limping, Sprinting, Hopping, Climbing or Walking with Dinosaurs”
    • Paleontologist Dr. Philip Manning, from the University of Manchester, will show how dinosaurs got from here to there.
  • Saturday, November 27, 1 pm
    • “The Greatest Dinosaur Show on Earth – Guess Where?”
    • Dr. Peter Dodson, a paleontologist from the University of Pennsylvania, will take a look at breathtaking dinosaur discoveries from China.
  • Sunday, November 28, 1 pm
    • “Building a Dinosaur from Scratch”
    • Jason Poole, paleo artist and manager of the Academy’s Fossil Prep Lab, demonstrates the transformation of a fossil to a fully fleshed-out dinosaur.

The Academy of Natural Sciences is located at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Call 215-299-1000 or visit ansp.org for more information.

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