If there are two things most kids love, it’s dinosaurs and digging in the sandbox. So, what if there was a way to combine the two AND throw in a little science for good measure? This summer, you can do just that at Liberty Science Center, once again the location for Jack Horner’s Dino Dig.
Don your hard hat, grab a shovel or a paintbrush or just use your hands then dig in. As you sift through 35 tons of sand you’ll discover more than 60 fossils, many of them replicas of those discovered in Montana by Jack Horner, the famous paleontologist who found his first dinosaur bone when he was 8. He also discovered the Maiasaura, proved that some dinosaurs cared for their young and served as technical advisor and inspiration for one of the characters in the Jurassic Park movies. Liberty Science Center’s popular outdoor fossil site, Dino Dig, will satisfy the needs of any budding dinosaur scientist who wants to follow in Jack Horner’s footsteps.
Your little one could excavate T. rex bones or teeth, a nest filled with dino eggs and a baby Maiasaura, a 6-foot long Triceratops skull or even a dragonfly fossil. New this year is the Dino Dig Raptor Zone where your mini scientist could find full Velociraptor and Deinonychus skeleton casts. Once you make your big discovery, museum staff will be on hand to help you understand what you’ve found and help you interpret your important discoveries.
Need a break from all your dinosaur discovery? Or maybe just need some time back in the air conditioning? Take another journey into the past, present and future of our planet and solar system at the Jennifer Chalsty planetarium, the largest planetarium outside Asia. Then leave time to visit LSC’s other exhibits including Arthur’s World, the national exhibition based on the beloved books that will encourage a love of reading, or Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body, to explore all the slimy, oozy, crusty, stinky questions you've always wondered but have been too afraid to ask.
Dino Dig is open daily through September 16th (except September 10) and is free with general museum admission or membership. This outdoor exhibit is best for ages 4 – 12 and could be closed in the event of excessive heat or rain. Visit the website for details and tickets.
Liberty Science Center 222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City 201.200.1000