Six Dinosaur Events for Austin Dino Month!

 Wednesday, October 5, 2011



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The Dinosaur Park, Cedar Creek


The Austin Children’s Museum, Austin Nature and Science Center, and Texas Memorial Museum have teamed up to make October Austin Dino Month. Check out all the dinosaur hot-spots and events happening in and around Austin this month!

Free Dino Fun:
  • Texas Memorial Museum - The museum has been closed for repairs but will reopen on Saturday, October 8 with the new exhibit "Sarahsaurus." Texas Natural Science Center's exhibit hall is the Texas Memorial Museum located on The University of Texas at Austin campus. Exhibits focus on dinosaurs and fossils, Texas wildlife, gems and minerals, and a working Paleontology Lab where visitors can interact with scientists as they prepare fossil finds.  Spotlighted in the exhibits are spectacular specimens found in Texas, including the largest flying creature ever found–the Texas Pterosaur, with a wingspan of nearly 40 feet–and the 30-foot Mosasaur that swam the shallow sea that once covered most of the state.  Admission is free!  2400 Trinity St., Austin, Texas 78705.  The Museum will host three free events in October:
    • Family Fun Fossil Day - Sunday, October 9, from 1 - 5 p.m.  Fossil identifications, hands-on presentations by paleontologists, storytime, fossil dig pit, and paleo-themed crafts and activities. Free admission and free activities.
    • National Fossil Day - Wednesday, October 12 - Join paleontologists in this nationwide celebration promoting awareness of fossils and the science of paleontology. Chat with local paleontologists and have fossil finds identified from 1 – 4:45 p.m. Special Sarahsaurus exhibit talks at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
    • Fright at the Museum - Sunday, October 30, from 1 - 5 p.m.  Dress up your little goblins and celebrate Halloween at Austin's very own dinosaur graveyard during Fright at the Museum! Join spooky scientists in exploring the mysterious side of Texas' natural history. Feel frightful fish from the ocean depths; be rattled by slithery snakes of Central Texas; and feast your eyes on our bizarre bugs while we serve up creepy, crawly critters for your culinary delight. Free event for the entire family!
  • Hartman Prehistoric GardenIn 1992, amateur paleontologists discovered dinosaurs once roamed the grounds of Zilker Botanical Garden. More than 100 tracks made by six or seven reptiles along with the bones of an ancient turtle were found. Paleontologists studied the best methods to preserve the tracks because they were deteriorating rapidly. Researchers decided to map and make casts of the tracks, then rebury the tracks to prevent further loss from exposure. This two-acre site has since been developed as a Cretaceous habitat.  Plants in the garden represent the types that existed at the time of the dinosaurs.  Admission to Zilker Botanical Garden is free.  2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin.
  • Austin Nature and Science Center Dino PitThe Dino Pit is an outdoor paleontology exhibit, built for permanent display at the Austin Nature and Science Center (ANSC) located in Zilker Park. Kids dig for dinosaur bones with shovels and to brush away sand to examine their discoveries more closely.  Be sure to ask at the desk for an eco-detective kit, to aid in exploring the grounds. Admission to Austin Nature and Science Center is free.  301 Nature Center Drive, Austin, TX 78746.  Be sure to catch this event coming up at the Austin Nature and Science Center:
    • Family Dino Day - Saturday, October 15, from 1 - 4 p.m. There’s something for everyone in the family in this afternoon celebration of dinosaurs! Learn about the science of paleontology, take part in paleo-related activities, and explore the Dino Pit! This event has been canceled.
  • Champion Park - A large sandbox where kids can dig for dinosaur bones.  Plenty of buckets and shovels have been left behind, but you can also bring your own.  You might want to label them so they make it back home with you again!  There are also replicas of dinosaur eggs and bones that children can climb on.  The park is free and open to the public.  3830 Brushy Creek Road, Cedar Park, TX 76813.

More Dino Fun:
  • Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice - This is the new exhibit at Austin Children's Museum. Developed in consultation with university paleontologists and the Science Museum of Minnesota, Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice incorporates the most recent scientific research about climates in which dinosaurs were able to thrive. Four strikingly realistic sculpted models incorporate the most recent findings about colors, textures and structural forms of dinosaurs.  The Museum is free on Sundays from 4 - 5 p.m. and by donation (suggested $1) on Community Nights, which are Wednesdays from 5 - 8 p.m.  Regular admission is $6.50 for everyone age 2 and up, $4.50 for children 12 - 23 months, and free for children under 12 months.  201 Colorado Street, Austin.  One special event coming up at the Museum is:
    • Dino-Snores Sleepover - Friday, October 14. The whole family is invited to spend the night at the Museum! Families will take part in dino-themed crafts and science activities, meet Austin paleontologist Pamela Owen, and sleep among the dinosaurs of our newest exhibit, Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice. The cost is $25 members, $28 for non-members (per person, including adults). Click here to register before October 7!
  • The Dinosaur Park - Located in Cedar Creek, 12 miles east of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.  Admission is $6 per person (price includes tax).  Children under the age of 2 are free. Walk along a tree-lined path to discover 15 life size replicas of multicolored dinosaurs.  The statues range in size from the 6-foot long Velociraptor to the 40-foot long T-Rex.  There is also an interactive scavenger hunt, included in the price of admission.  This Saturday, there will be a special event at The Dinosaur Park:
    • Dinosaur Park's Anniversary Celebration - Saturday, October 8, 2011.  There will be music, cookies, balloons, tattoos, and lots of fun for the whole family! See the new exhibits added in 2011. Plus, exotic animal friends will be on exhibit from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Bring your own pet reptile to enter the Reptile Beauty Contest at 3 p.m.
        

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