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March 1, 2011

Dino Day: A paleontological journey for the whole family March 5

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The Burke Museum invites the community to take a paleontological journey to Antarctica, Patagonia, Zambia, Montana, and Wyoming — without leaving Seattle — at the museums annual family-friendly Dino Day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the museum.

Dino Day 2011 at the Burke Museum is Saturday, March 5. | Burke Museum photo.

Dino Day 2011 at the Burke Museum is Saturday, March 5. | Burke Museum photo.

At Dino Day you and your children can learn what its like to travel the world looking for fossils, and about the many places where Burke researchers actively collect dinosaurs and other fossils. Several hand-on activities will be included, for young visitors to try searching for fossils themselves.

At Dino Day, young researchers can:

  • dig for an ichthyosaur fossil in a brand new fossil dig pit for children.
  • crack open rocks with the Stonerose Interpretive Center and find a fossil to take home.
  • draw or color dinosaurs with professional scientific illustrators.
  • take a trip around the world with a special Burke passport and see dozens of fossils from the museums paleontology collection — including recent discoveries from expeditions to Antarctica, Zambia and more.
  • play in a special dinosaur dress-up area for children.

Dino Day is included with museum admission and is free for Burke members. Burke members receive priority admission at 9 a.m. UW faculty and staff can buy a family membership to the Burke for $36, discounted from $55.

Parking is available in several UW lots and is $5 until noon, after which it is free. The event is presented by the Burke Museum and the Northwest Paleontological Society. For more information about the Burke Museum and its programs, visit online.

Video – Christian Sidor, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Burke Museum, talks about Dino Day.