I think it’s safe to say that everyone loves dinosaurs. The gigantic ancient creatures from a land before time still fascinate people of all ages. However, the media often depicts them as scary monsters with no emotions or social skills. Often the focus is on adult dinosaurs with the baby dinosaurs shown to be abandoned. The Academy of Natural Sciences’ newest exhibit will show visitors a different side of these prehistoric beasts. On Saturday, September 30, Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs & Babies will make their debut. This interactive exhibit will run until January 15 and can be experienced during the museum’s hours of operation. Tiny Titans is an additional $5 with general admission for nonmembers, $3 for individuals and family members. Tickets can be purchased on the Academy’s website.
The Tiny Titans exhibit is an interactive experience that teaches visitors about dinosaur reproduction and behaviors using recent discoveries. No, this exhibit isn’t going to explain the birds and the bees to your little ones. The museum’s director of public relations, Carolyn Belardo, describes Tiny Titans as “what seems like an adult concept made accessible for children.” Children, are often curious about dinosaurs and how they came to be. This exhibits allows them to be up close and even touch dinosaur eggs and nests. Visitors will learn that dinosaurs were good parents (the Maiasaura is a great example) and that they were social creatures.
The new exhibit features a baby dinosaur petting zoo (which also shows the difference between the babies and their adult counterparts), there are several dig pits where you can dig for eggs, and a reading area with dino egg chairs and books about dinosaurs. A stand out activity is the dinosaur costumes (hand sewn) that guests can wear while protecting their own eggs and nest like an Oviraptor. There is trivia through out the entire exhibit and you can play a trivia game at the Cart of Curiosity. The Cart of Curiosity also has a microscope were you can examine dinosaur eggshells.
Tiny Titans features authentic fossilized dinosaur eggs and nests from all over the world. The Stone Company helped create the exhibit. Using their expertise, they seamlessly blended real-life artifacts and handcrafted design that make the world of Tiny Titans feel so real. Archeologist, Jason Poole, provided some of his findings from his recent archeological trip in Montana.
Another feature that sets Tiny Titans apart is that the exhibit is in English and Spanish. All the information is in both languages which makes it accessible to many people. While also sort of being like a Spanish lesson with an emphasis on scientific terms. (Even I learned a few things.)
Mary Bailey, manager of public engagement and public programs, describes Tiny Titans the best; “It’s got all the easy stuff for kids like baby dinosaurs and costumes [though adults like that too] but with the hard science and technology that’s appealing to adults.” Bailey is exactly right. Tiny Titans has all the scientific wonderment that appeals to children but it also reminds us grown ups how much we loved dinosaurs. Tiny Titans is great for dinosaur lovers of all ages. The exhibit will have different events happening through out its run so be sure to go back multiple times to participate in all the Jurassic fun!
Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs & Babies
September 30 – January 15
Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Tickets: Non-Members Additional $5 with General Admission| Members Additional $3 with General Admission