Dinosaurs at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Dinosaurs at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Dinosaurs at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Dinosaurs at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum

 


Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice & Dinosaur Discovery

June 17 - September 17, 2017
Crossing the threshold of these exhibits means traveling back in time to explore the age of the dinosaurs. In "Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice," visitors move through the exhibit, encountering unfamiliar landscapes, touchable dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes, and opportunities to investigate clues about what the dinosaurs left behind. The exhibit features three distinct sections: Land of Fire (a warm dinosaur habitat), Land of Ice (a cold dinosaur habitat), and a Field Research Station. Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice was created by Minnesota Children's Museum and nationally sponsored by The David B. Jones Foundation.

In "Dinosaur Discovery," take a step back into the Mesozoic Era, where dinosaurs from the Cretaceous Period are still alive and well. Wander through the exhibit to see a family of Triceratops grazing, as well as the mighty, carnivorous, and roaring Albertosaurus! Be sure to look up to see the Pteranodon flying overhead! Although dinosaurs went extinct 66 million years ago, you can still adventure through this part of the exhibit and see dinosaurs come alive through the use of animatronic creatures! Dinosaur Discovery is brought to you by KOKORO, LLC.

 

Image of pterandon and triceratops
Return of the Dinosaurs Summer Hands-on Programs

  • Dino Souvenirs
    Wednesday, June 28, 2017
    1-4 p.m.
    Dinosaurs are all the rage! Cheer for your favorite dinosaur by decorating a foam finger, a flag, and a pinwheel. Create dinosaur-related souvenirs such as a sponge, water bottle carrier, can cozy, and ornament. Kalamazoo Sportswear will be here 1-4 p.m. on June 28 for Dino Souvenirs, making the shirts on site.

  • Dino Dig
    Wednesday, July 5, 2017
    1-4 p.m.
    Young paleontologists wanted! Discover fossils of dinosaur bones and skin. Decorate a hat and binoculars. Create skeleton rubbings and a fossil necklace, and try your hand at a dinosaur dig. Build a dinosaur, and so much more!

  • Dino School
    Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    1-4 p.m.
    It’s dinosaur ABCs. Learn the names of the dinosaurs and create your own name. Assemble a picture frame, a puppet, and a hatching dinosaur egg. Learn fun facts and decorate a pencil bag, fossil bookmark, and a corkboard with dinosaur tracks.

  • Dino Games
    Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    1-4 p.m.Dinosaur games, puzzles, and brainteasers galore. Decorate a hacky sack “rock,” spinning top, triangle game, puzzle, and flier. Put together a game bag with word games, a bingo game, tic-tac-toe, and a marble target.

  • Dino Science
    Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    1-4 p.m.
    Explore dinosaur eggs and teeth, how they moved, and what they ate. Collect facts, draw dinosaurs, decorate eggs, make prehistoric insects, and polish amber.

  • Dino Land
    Wednesday, August 2, 2017
    1-4 p.m.
    Learn about habitats and features common to the time of the dinosaurs. Create a meteor “beach” ball, a wood necklace, a diorama with clay dinosaur, and a volcano. Learn about time periods, stratification, and plants.

  • Dino Celebrities
    Wednesday, August 9, 2017
    1-4 p.m.
    Welcome to the dinosaur red carpet parade. Create masks, puppets, pictures, and more from your favorite dinosaur movies and shows, including Barney and Friends, The Land Before Time, Toy Story, Jurassic Park, the Flintstones, and Dinosaurs the television series.

Films and Presentations

  • Discovering Dinosaurs: Tales of Bones, Teeth, and Feathers
    Saturday, June 17, 2017 and Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    1:30 p.m.

  • A Dinosaur Renaissance: How Science and Technology helped us Reinterpret Earth, Dinosaurs, and their Extinction
    Wednesday, June 28, 2017
    1:30 p.m.
    Free

  • Film with Question & Answer: Planet Dinosaur - Lost World
    Wednesday, July 5, 2017
    1:30 p.m.
    Free
    New finds from Africa have revealed some of the most spectacular dinosaurs ever known.

  • Film with Question & Answer: Planet Dinosaur - The New Giants
    Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    1:30 p.m.
    Free
    This episode focuses on the new giants, the heavyweights of the dinosaur world.

  • Film with Questions & Answers: Planet Dinosaur - The Great Survivors
    Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    1:30 p.m.
    Free
    This episode explores the dinosaurs' extraordinary ability to survive.

  • Fossils: Storytellers from the Past
    Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    1:30 p.m.
    Free

  • Jeff and Greg Wilson present India before the Himalayas: When Snakes Ate Dinosaurs and Mammals Inherit the Earth: How the K/Pg Mass Extinction Killed Off the Dinosaurs and Opened the Way for Mammals
    Wednesday, August 2, 2017
    1:30 p.m.
    Free

  • Film with Question & Answer: Planet Dinosaurs - Feathered Dragons
    Wednesday, August 9, 2017
    1:30 p.m.
    A look at some of the more recently discovered and highly intriguing feathered dinosaurs from Asia.

Planetarium Shows

  • Image of meteor falling with pteradon and a handglider over jungle setting.
    Dinosaurs at Dusk

    June 17 - September 10, 2017
    Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
    3 p.m.
    $3/ticket
    Take to the skies and discover the origins of flight as you travel back in time to meet the ancestors of modern day birds and explore the last days of the dinosaurs.


  • Did An Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs?

    June 17 - September 10, 2017
    Monday - Friday at 11 a.m.
    Saturday at 1 p.m.
    Sunday at 2 p.m.
    $3/ticket
    Did a space rock six miles wide slam into the Earth 66 million years ago and wipe out 75 percent of all species, including the dinosaurs? Learn about Earth's largest extinction events and celestial objects that periodically hit Earth.

    Official Gear
    Grey short sleeve t-shirt with a t-rex on it

    Kalamazoo Sportswear will be selling the official summer Museum t-shirt in addition to others on their website at PureKalamazoo.com. They will also be here 1-4 p.m. on June 28 for Dino Souvenirs, making the shirts on site.