Tri-state area parents know keeping children productively entertained is an integral part of winter’s school break. A great chance for fun and learning during the school break is available with the uniquely appealing, learning exhibit, Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs, available at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute.
Bring fun-filled, enriched learning to winter’s school break
For a limited time, the intriguing, Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs exhibit highlights gigantic dinosaurs, as long as 70 feet, excavated from such remote regions as Argentina and the Gobi Desert of Inner Mongolia. Learners can get up close and personal with exotic skeletons, touch real fossils, see robotic dinos in action, and unearth their own discoveries in a hands-on dig pit.
If your learners are studying dinosaurs and fossils at school, intrigued with scientific methods, or interested in prehistoric environments, then use the winter break to take advantage of the dino-mite learning opportunities at the Franklin Institute.
Lots of fresh, learning experiences on tap at Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs
Even if your learner is a science aficionado with a strong background in dinosaurs, the Franklin Institute’s Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs exhibitwill offer fresh learning. Nearly half of all known dinosaurs known were found in the last two decades – many from the farthest reaches of the globe. And along with these recent findings come new insights into how dinosaurs grew, behaved, communicated, and, after 163 million years of domination, came to a crashing end.
The Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs exhibition highlights recent cutting-edge research that answers one of the huge mysteries about large dinosaurs – how on earth did they get so big? Your learner can discover that the big plant-eaters required thousands of kilograms of food daily to survive, so they sped up the process by swallowing their meals whole!
Dinosaur connoisseurs can meet Mapusaurus, the new king of the meat-eating dinosaurs and Mamenchisaurus, (MA-men-CHEE-sore-us), the longest-necked (and most pea-headed) animal that ever lived. And, enthusiastic learners get introduced to one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs – the Giganotosaurus from Patagonia, 10% bigger than T. Rex.
Amazement to add zest to learning
Learners also get to see one of the world’s largest dinosaur bones – the five-foot high backbone of the 100-ton Argentinosaurus. Lovers of myth get to puzzle over the unicorn spike on the school-bus sized duckbilled dinosaur Tsintaosaurus (TZINT-ow-SORE-us). Dino-viewers can delight in the two-foot long spines of the bizarre Amargasaurus, and the world’s longest claw – nearly two feet long – from a still-unknown Mongolian giant meat-eater.
Build deeper insights with high impact visual learning
Multisensory experiences and the connections of thematic learning enhance both insight and memory. The Franklin Institute’s Tuttleman, 4.5 story-high, IMAX Theater is showing Flying Monsters, a new adventure film from award-winning Atlantic Productions, in association with Sky 3D, and distributed by National Geographic Entertainment. The film’s concepts dovetail in learning conjunction with the Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs exhibition. Flying Monsters, produced by filmmaker Anthony Geffen and narrated by veteran filmmaker and renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough, uses CGI technology to immerse audiences in a prehistoric world inhabited by pterosaurs, flying vertebrates with a wingspan of up to 45 feet that lived alongside dinosaurs.
Special, extended winter school break hours
The Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs exhibit, created by Don Lessem and ExhibitsRex and produced by Imagine Exhibitions, Inc., runs through April 15, 2012. But, during the school break period from December 26 – January 1, 2012, the Franklin Institute’s Mandell Center offers special extended hours. Plus, The Franklin Institute will offer free parking on New Year’s Day to all special exhibition ticket-buyers (Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs and CSI: The Exhibition) and Franklin Institute members.
Please, note that the Franklin Institute is open December 24 and January 1st, but it is closed on December 25th.
Individual daytime tickets for Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs (which include general admission to the museum) are $25.00 for adults and $18.50 for children, with free admission for Franklin Institute Members. Tickets are timed and dated, and normal admission hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday (last entry at 3:30 p.m.); and 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (last entry at 7 p.m.).
The evening ticket price ($10 adult; $6 children) does not include museum admission, and begins with the 5:00 p.m. exhibition admission.
Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended, and online ticket purchasing is available. Information, holiday hours, and tickets (including discounted combination tickets with CSI: The Experience) are available at 215-448-1200.
Winter break from school can bring exciting, enriched learning
Tri-state area parents know that today’s learning happens in a classroom without walls. A break from school isn’t a break from meaningful, fun-filled, enriched learning. Lifelong learning is a lifestyle, and it begins in the memorable, exciting wonder of youth and the smart shape of its supportive, family experiences. Dynamic, dino-mite learning experiences, like the Franklin Institute’s Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs exhibit, enhance education and bring cherished memories to your learner’s winter season, school break.