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Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies Opens Sept. 30

This looks like a great trip for the whole family and starts at the end of this month!

Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests and embryos in Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies opening Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

 

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Take a rare look at dinosaurs through their eggs, nest and a “petting zoo” in Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies, Sept. 30, 2017–Jan. 15, 2018.
Credit: Florence Magovern

 

Tiny Titans, presented in both Spanish and English, showcases an amazing array of authentic fossilized dinosaur eggs and nests collected from around the world, including those of each of the major plant- and meat-eating dinosaur groups. Visitors will learn of recent discoveries about dinosaur reproduction and behavior and about the fascinating people and science behind these discoveries.

 

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Real dinosaur eggs collected from different parts of the world and rich wall panels in Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies.
Credit: Florence Magovern

 

A captivating experience for children and adults, Tiny Titans invites visitors to:

  • Touch a real dinosaur bone and cast nests, one more than eight feet in diameter.
  • Dig for dinosaur eggs in interactive dig pits.
  • Dress up and be a dinosaur parent protecting its nest of eggs.
  • Get up close with exciting lifelike models of embryos and hatchlings.
  • View stunning murals and videos featuring prominent dinosaur experts.

 

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Kids dress up as their favorite dinosaur in Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies, Sept. 30-Jan. 15, 2018.
Credit: Luis V. Rey

 

Tiny Titans will be on view at Philadelphia’s dinosaur museum through Monday, Jan. 15.

For the opening weekend, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, visitors will be treated to shows and gallery encounters with the Academy’s live birds and reptiles. That’s because birds and reptiles are the dinosaurs’ closest relatives. Rosebud, the Therapy Chicken (she has her own Facebook page!) will demonstrate how she  brings comfort to those in need at schools, nursing homes and rehab centers.

On both Saturday and Sunday, visitors also will be able to touch fossilized dinosaur egg fragments, walk on eggshells, and make a dinosaur egg to take home.

 

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Beautiful realistic dinosaur murals and a baby dinosaur to pet bring the creatures to life in Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies.
Credit: Florence Magovern

 

“There is no experience as magical as touching a dinosaur egg,” said Jennifer Sontchi, senior director of exhibits and public spaces. “Imagine the baby dinosaur that hatched from it millions of years ago!”

Tiny Titans gives credence to what is now widely accepted among scientists: that dinosaurs and birds are closely related. Each science-rich section is enhanced with lifelike models of embryos and hatchlings and colorful illustrations of dinosaur families.

 

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Rock sliced open to reveal 11 theropod eggs, most likely Oviraptor and most likely laid in pairs. Scientists aren’t sure why the one pair is smaller than the others.
Credit: Florence Magovern

 

The collection of real fossils includes an authentic bowling ball-size egg of a sauropod from Argentina that was laid by a long-necked, plant-eating titanosaur that lived 75 million years ago. Visitors also will see a large cluster of eggs laid by a duck-billed, plant-eating dinosaur, and the longest dinosaur eggs ever discovered—almost 18 inches long—laid by a new giant species of Oviraptor, a carnivorous, ostrich-like dinosaur.

A central feature of the multi-media experience is a presentation about the discovery of “Baby Louie,” the nearly complete skeleton of a dinosaur embryo with its bones aligned in the proper position. The embryo, discovered in China in 1993, was nicknamed “Baby Louie” after photojournalist Louie Psihoyos who photographed it for National Geographic. In May 2017 it finally received an official name with the publication of a study in the journal Nature Communications: Beibeilong sinensis, or “baby dragon from China.”

Some of the real dinosaur eggs featured in that May 1996 issue will also be on display in this exhibit.

Tiny Titans was organized in association with the Harvard Museum of Natural History, The University of Tennessee, and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. For discount tickets, visit ansp.org.

 

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A group of Psittacosaur cast skeletons, five juveniles with an adult.
Credit: Florence Magovern

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Paleopalooza the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Science and art come together at this year’s Paleopalooza, a weekend family festival of musical dinosaur puppetry, live animal shows of dinosaur descendants, rare dinosaur fossils, and even a look at the prehistoric sky, on Saturday and Sunday, March 4 and 5, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia.

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Visitors can watch as Alaskan artist Ray Troll uses chalk to recreate the famous Hadrosaurus foulkii in his distinctive style on a giant chalkboard in the Drawn to Dinosaurs exhibit. Troll, recipient of the Academy’s Gold Medal for Distinction in Natural History Art, will draw the New Jersey plant-eater over the two days, and it will remain on view for several months.

Field Station: Dinosaurs explores the eating habits and table manners of our favorite dinosaurs in a lively interactive show of puppetry set to music at 11 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The playful walking dinosaur puppet also will make appearances in Dinosaur Hall at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Academy paleontologist Ted Daeschler, fresh from a research expedition to Antarctica, will describe his amazing adventure and Devonian fossil finds in a fascinating presentation at 2:30 p.m. both days. At 1 p.m. both days, The Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts will take visitors on a star-filled tour of the prehistoric sky, demonstrating what T. rex would have seen when he took a break from devouring other dinosaurs to gaze up at the sky. That’s at 1 p.m. both days.

The festival also features displays of rare fossils from the Academy’s world-renowned collection, live animal shows with birds and reptiles (both related to dinosaurs), interactive activities, creative craft-making, and more. For more information and to purchase tickets online at a discount, visit ansp.org.

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Celebrate Earth Day with the Family at the Kid’s Fun Run

Today we have a guest post by Sarah Mazzone. For all my readers in the Philadelphia area, I thought this would be a great event to share on the blog!

Sarah Mazzone is the community field organizer for the Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter of Moms Clean Air Force. Moms Clean Air Force is a national non-profit committed to fighting for clean air to protect our children’s health. To get involved or stay updated on other local events, please sign-up to join the force today!

Earth Day is the prefect time to teach our children about the importance of protecting our environment. As parents, our children serve as a great motivator to join the fight to ensure a clean air and healthy environment for generations to come. Taking our kids out to enjoy nature in a fun environment inspires awareness and action for protecting our natural resources. This Earth Day, consider participating in the 5K Run for Clean Air as a family and joining others in our community coming together to celebrate environmental health, clean air and sustainability.

The 5K Run for Clean Air, now in it’s 32nd year, is the largest Earth Day Festival in Philadelphia. Moms Clean Air Force, a non-profit over 120,000 concerned parents strong, is sponsoring a Kid’s Fun Run at the the 5K on April 20th. This new event will include a 250 yard dash for kids under 5 and a half-mile fun run for ages 6-12. The event will take place on the steps of the Art Museum with a course following Martin Luther King Drive. Family entertainment will include eco-friendly activities like rain stick making and Frisbee spin art and programming and giveaways from Radio Disney’s Green Team.

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Moms Clean Air Force is a nation-wide non profit organization committed to protecting our children’s health from toxic air pollution. The Southeastern PA chapter is actively working for strong mercury and carbon standards to protect our most vulnerable citizens, including children with asthma, pregnant women and babies. We are active in the community raising awareness and support, while also connecting with our elected representatives to remind them to keep children’s health a top priority in legislative decision making. If you are interested in getting involved with Moms Clean Air Force, be sure to sign-up for action alerts and for updates on local events.

I hope to see you and your family at the 5k Run and Kid’s Fun Run on Saturday, April 20th, 2013! On-line pre-registration is open until April 15th and you can save 15% off the registration fee by using the promotion code IRUN4KIDS.

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Event Details:

5K Run for Clean Air, 3K Walk, and Kids’ Fun Run
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Register at www.5krunforcleanair.org
Race Day Registration Opens – 7:30 a.m.
Festivities Begin – 8:00 a.m.
Run and Walk Kick off – 9:00 a.m.
Kids’ Fun Run 9:45 – a.m.
Earth Day Celebration and Awards – 10:00 a.m.