Fourth of July is a big time for family reunions, and it seems there’s a rare gathering of the Tyrannosaurus Rex family in Columbia’s Vista this weekend.
More than 40 dinosaurs will hit the town Friday for Discover the Dinosaurs, a three-day event at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. They join the dozens of prehistoric creatures in two nearby on-going exhibits – Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice at EdVenture Children’s Museum and Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time at the S.C. State Museum.
Discover the Dinosaurs
What: Multiple prehistoric scenes set up complete with moving dinosaurs as well as dinosaurs suitable for riding, a dino fossil dig, dino theater.
Who’s it for? Suitable for all ages. Large, moving dinosaurs might frighten the very young, but there are fun activities to wear out kids. Best for families with rambunctious children.
T. rex factor: Big guy appears ready to chomp, and a separate T. rex head allows kids to pose looking out of the mouth full of teeth.
Where: Columbia Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia
When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday,
Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice
What: Small dinosaurs and play areas to create a mix of education and activities.
Who’s it for? Great for 10-and-under set. Nothing here that would scare little ones. And you get the rest of EdVenture as part of the package. Best for families with very young children.
T. rex factor: He’s the largest guy in the exhibit, but he still hardly looks threatening. Big teeth, but mouth closed.
Where: EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St., Columbia
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday; Open on July 4
Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time
What: Robotic dinosaurs in realistic settings, with plenty of educational graphics and a dino play area for young children. And you get the rest of the State Museum as part of the package.
Who’s it for? Suitable for all ages. Large, moving dinosaurs in dark setting might frighten the very young out kids. Best for families with children who can’t get enough dino facts.
T. rex factor: He moves. He roars. He chomps with a mouth full of big teeth. Also a separate T. rex head suitable for posing beside.
Where: South Carolina State Museum, 301 Gervais St., Columbia
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday; Open on July 4