By Luke Martin – Collegiate Staff
Kids of all ages are encouraged to run around and learn new things about dinosaurs at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum’s current exhibit, “Amazing Dinosaurs!.” There are many things to interact with, whether it’s putting on a dinosaur puppet show or searching for real fossils in the sand pits. The main feature of the dinosaur exhibit is the large Tyrannosaurus rex head that makes a realistic dinosaur “roar.”
Searching through the sand pits kids can find real fossils or egg shells. Facts about the different species and models are set up all around the exhibit. According to Jake Bouck, Director of Exhibits and Facilities, this is one of the only exhibits that allows interaction with real fossils.
“The museum provides a hands on, self led, exploratory play for kids,” Bouck said. “If kids are playing, they’re automatically learning.”
The dinosaur exhibit was the most requested exhibit based on a poll the museum ran. The exhibit will be available until the end of June and doesn’t cost any extra money other than admission to the museum. Throughout the month of March, there are planned dinosaur events such as building a paper plate dinosaur or making dinosaur footprints in sand.
There are many other programs and events offered throughout the year at the Children’s Museum. A full calendar can be found online.
Admission to the museum is $8.50 for general admission, $7.50 for seniors, and $6.50 for families with a military ID. Grand Rapids Community College students get in for free with a student ID.