IF YOU GO
What: "Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice" exhibit opening.
When: Saturday, Jan. 19. Museum open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday (closed most Wednesdays through February), noon-5 p.m. Sundays.
Where: Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St.
• Field Research Station: Step into the role of paleontologist by uncovering fossils with brushes and creating drawings of the dinosaur environment.
• Land of Fire: This steamy section connects visitors with prehistoric homes of the triceratops and tyrannosaurus rex. Visitors can circle the land in insect costumes, buzz through a volcano with oozing lava and explore a swampy bog to identify an ecosystem of animals and plants.
• Land of Ice: No coats are needed for this trip in which visitors meet two dinosaurs, a troodon and an edmontosaurus, that lived in Alaska. Activities include climbing rocky steps, breezing down an icy slide and hopping across an icy river.
ALSO THIS WEEKEND ...
• At Creative Discovery Museum: Creative Discovery Museum and the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will kick off the fifth season of PopTots on Saturday, Jan. 19. Children will have a chance to play instruments with the musicians for one song during the performance. During breaks, musicians will talk with guests. Guests also will build rhythm instruments, such as drums, shakers, guitars and harps. The series is designed to help toddlers develop cognitive and fine motor skills. Programs are from noon to 2 p.m. and are free with regular admission. The series continues March 9, May 25, Nov. 9 and Dec. 14.
• At Tennessee Aquarium: The Tennessee Aquarium is partnering with WTCI to bring the Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour to Chattanooga this weekend. Buddy, the T-rex star of the popular PBS Kids program, will greet fans in the Aquarium's River Journey building 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Jan. 20-21. Kids can pose for photos behind a Dinosaur Train cutout inside the Ocean Journey building. Activities are free with regular admission.
Long before the Midwest was populated by cows and cornfields, dinosaurs roamed the land.
An exhibit from the Minnesota Children's Museum opening Saturday, Jan. 19, at Creative Discovery Museum will transport families back to the Cretaceous period (145 million to 65 million years ago), the time when dinosaurs last lived on Earth.
"Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice" will remain on view through May 12.
In the exhibit, families can explore dinosaur habitats to better understand how the animals lived and investigate what they left behind.
"Dinosaurs can be a powerful way to get and keep kids interested in science," says Jayne Griffin, director of education at CDM. "Since most children are fascinated by the size of dinosaurs and the fact that they are so different from anything alive today, 'Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice' provides an excellent way for children to explore the science behind fossils, make observations about unique environments and engage in scientific thinking and problem-solving."
Children will go face-to-face with the prehistoric world and meet dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes.
The exhibit, created especially for children ages 3-10, will feature two distinct environments, the lands of fire and ice from the exhibit's title.
According to museum officials, "Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice" is the first child-centered exhibit in the country dedicated to expanding the understanding of dinosaur habitat and range.
The Land of Ice section references new research that has caused scientists to reconsider old theories about dinosaurs living only in tropical climates. It now is known that many dinosaurs, including edmontosaurus and troodon, lived in cold-weather climates for at least part of the year.