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December Weekend Family Fun: Hitchin’ a Ride
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December Date Night – With or Without Kids
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Dinosaurs Around Town – Find Dinosaurs in the Twin Cities

December Date Night – With or Without Kids

While this may not be the easiest month to find grown up time, we have a few December Date Night ideas for you, beginning with a visit to our seasonal patron, the American Swedish Institute. Just take your date to visit this beautiful space or sign up for one of their seasonal workshops (but hurry, the best date-night options tend to sell out).

December Date Night - With or Without Kids

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Dinosaurs Around Town – Find Dinosaurs in the Twin Cities

Do Dinosaurs live in your house? Is your floor littered with dinosaur toys? Do you find dinosaurs in your children’s beds? If so, you may want to consider taking your children for a dinosaur hunt around the Twin Cities! We have two places that can always be counted on to entertain your young paleontologists and traveling shows nearly every year.


Dinosaurs Around Town - Where to Find Dinosaurs in the Twin Cities

images courtesy of the Science Museum of Minnesota

Upcoming Events Featuring Dinosaurs

12/27/18 Science Explorers: Discovering Dinosaurs @ Minnetonka Comunity Center. Kids in grades K-3 can learn about dinosaurs by creating a “fast fossil” and participating in hands-on experiments during this winter break class. 9:30am-11:30am. This event requires pre-registration.

01/19/19 Bookosaurs! with Ellen Ferrari @ Minnesota Center for Book Arts – In this family class, participants will enjoy a group reading of Dinosaur Versus the Library by Bob Shea, then make a dinosaur book filled library! A TALL M-folded argentinosaurus. A BROAS pop-out triceratops. A FLYING flag pterodactyl. A pop-up tyrannosaurus WITH TEETH! And a DEEP tunnel habitat for all other prehistoric favorites.  Ages 2+ $40 per Adult/child pair.

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live was a traveling show that came through the Twin Cities in 2017:

Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live

L: Hallie Goodman, R: Kelley Selzick, DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE. Photo by C. Waits

Permanent Dinosaurs Exhibits

Science Museum of Minnesota
The obvious place to visit to learn about dinosaurs is the Science Museum of Minnesota. Where else can you find full-size dinosaur skeletons, dinosaur books, dinosaur toys? I’ve spent entire visits in this section of the museum alone. While many museum dinosaurs are reproductions, the Science Museum’s Triceratops is one of only four real skeletons, as well as the largest specimen, on display in the world.

Budget Idea: If you have a pint-sized dinosaur lover and you don’t want to pay SMM admission for what could be a very short visit, you can still visit the T-Rex in the lobby and touch its tooth for FREE. Then walk over to George Latimer Library to read about Dinosaurs together in the cozy children’s section.

Cool Fact: Did you know that many of the Dinosaur reproductions seen in museums all around the country are made right here in the Twin Cities by, Blue Rhino Studios in Eagan? See their work at the Bell Museum’s Ice Age exhibit.


The Bell
While the Bell doesn’t have any actual dinosaurs, they do have an Ice Age Exhibit in their Tree of Life Gallery. Mammoths are pretty cool, too. In the Bell’s updated Touch and See lab, kids can pretend to be real paleontologists with identification guides, magnifying glasses, and other scientific tools.


ValleyFair
Dinosaurs Alive! at ValleyFair features over 30 life-sized and scientifically accurate animatronic dinosaur figures. The exhibit presents scenes and stories based on real fossil evidence and the latest paleontological knowledge. You can even download an educational guide to add to your visit.


Dinosaur Fossil Hunting Road-Trip

Did you know that there have been only three dinosaur bones found in Minnesota? One of them was found in a Hill Annex mine. Here is Joy’s story of the Peters family dinosaur-inspired fossil hunt: Fossil Hunting at Hill Annex State Park.

For some fun home study to go with your hunt, you can learn more about what prehistoric creatures lived in Minnesota here.

The Mesabi Bike Trail at Hill Annex Park

The Mesabi Bike Trail along Hill Annex Park – Where You Can Go on a Fossil Dig


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