Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice Opens September 24

The Strong News Release
NEWS RELEASE
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700 museumofplay.org

August 25, 2016

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@museumofplay.org

Noelle McElrath-Hart, 585-410-6325, nmcelrath@museumofplay.org

Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice Exhibit
Opens September 24
at The Strong® Museum

Roar in for the Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice exhibit opening Saturday, September 24 at The Strong museum and explore the world of dinosaur play. Journey back to the tumultuous late Cretaceous period and investigate the clues that these mysterious creatures left behind in three dynamic landscapes:

The Land of Fire: Visit the Montana of 70-million years ago and inspect realistic sculptures of the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex and the horned Triceratops. Discover the latest scientific thinking about the colors, textures, and look of these fearsome creatures. Crawl through a smoldering volcano that oozes lava on one side and is flanked by an icy river on the other. Use good balance and coordination to climb up and down a squishy bog where the spongy surface replicates a forest floor. Become part of the dinosaur ecosystem by putting on a dragonfly, bee, or baby Troodon (small, two-legged dinosaur) costume and then fly, flutter, or crawl through the exhibit.

The Land of Ice: Trek north to what is present-day Alaska to learn about cold-weather dinosaurs. Take a picture with an Edmontosaurus (a four-legged herbivore) and inspect the nest of the Troodon. Learn about the dinosaur food chain and enjoy an “eye spy” game featuring some of the animals and plants of the period, such as the conifer tree and magnolia flower. An ice cave beckons guests to climb, crawl, and slide through a frozen dinosaur habitat.

Field Research Station: In the Big Dig, put on goggles, grab some tools, and try to find the remains of ancient dinosaurs, including the Tyrannosaurus rex and ferocious Velociraptor. Play a matching game at the fossil identification table and try to figure out which fossils came from each dinosaur. Create stories about dinosaurs at a series of play tables featuring three-dimensional landscapes from the Cretaceous period and then view maps of North America to see how these have changed over 30 million years. Work together with friends and family to complete an oversize dinosaur puzzle and then craft a dinosaur ecosystem using a variety of techniques, including fossil rubbings, partial tracings, and free-hand drawing.

The exhibit is produced by the Minnesota Children’s Museum. It remains on view through January 8, 2017, and is included in general museum admission fees. The exhibit is sponsored by Fidelis Care.

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Museum Hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

General Admission Fees (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): age 2 and older $14, under age 2 free, members free. Note: Fees subject to change.

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: general admission fee plus $3 for members, $4 for nonmembers, under age 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only. Note: Fees subject to change.

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