June 22, 2014

Take two trips back in prehistoric time

Summer fun: Dinosaurs at EdVenture and the State Museum

Dinosaurs are roaming around Columbia this summer.

Both EdVenture Children’s Museum and the S.C. State Museum feature dinosaur exhibits that include larger-than-life replicas and hands-on models.

At EdVenture, “Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice” explores the Cretaceous period of 145-65 million years ago. Visitors can don an insect costume and creep through the volcanoes and swamps of the Land of Fire, where they’ll encounter the Triceratops and T-rex, and study the clues left behind for us to discover.

In the frozen Land of Ice, families will meet a Troodon and Edmontosaurus as they navigate icy, rocky landscapes.

Kids can conclude their adventures at the Field Research Station, where they can explore the career of a paleontologist, create a prehistoric ecosystem and spend some time at the dino play table.

The exhibit was created by Minnesota’s Children’s Museum and is on display at EdVenture through Sept. 14.

Across the parking lot at the S.C. State Museum, “Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time” features several robotic dinosaurs such as T-rex, Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus. The exhibit also includes some hands-on displays such as a controllable duckbill dinosaur, a fossil rub station, a dinosaur dig box and two dinosaur puppet show booths where kids can act out their own prehistoric dramas. Visitors can also get a souvenir photo taken with a life-sized Triceratops.

EdVenture Children’s Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sundays from noon until 5 p.m. Admission is $8.50-$11.50.

The State Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and from 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission to the museum and the dinosaur exhibit is $5-$7 for members and $11-$15 for nonmembers.

Bridget Winston, Special to The State


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