Dinosaurs: Land of Fire & Ice roars to the Children’s Museum of Memphis
Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 8:00 pm
Long before the Mid-South was populated by cows and cotton fields, dinosaurs roamed the land. A new traveling exhibit opening at the Children’s Museum of Memphis allows children and adults to explore dinosaur habitats to better understand how these mysterious animals lived and use inquiry skills to examine what they left behind.
Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice, opening Feb. 11, transports families back to the Cretaceous Period (145-65 million years ago), the time when dinosaurs last lived on earth.
Children go face-to-face with the prehistoric world and meet dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes. The exhibit features two distinct environments and a variety of activities. A field research station allows children to step into the role of paleontologist by uncovering fossils with brushes and creating drawings of the dinosaur environment using fossil rubbings and tracings.
The steamy “Land of Fire” connects visitors with the prehistoric home of the triceratops and T-Rex. Children can circle the land in insect costumes and buzz through a volcano with oozing lava or work through a swampy bog and identify an ecosystem of animals and plants. No coats are needed for a trip across the “Land of Ice” where visitors meet two dinosaurs, a troodon and edmontosaurus, who made their homes in the cold climate of Alaska. Activities include: climbing rocky steps, breezing down an icy slide, and hopping across stepping stones in an icy river.
Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice utilizes new research about climates in which dinosaurs were able to survive and thrive. The discovery of numerous species of dinosaurs in the arctic is causing scientists to reconsider old theories about dinosaurs only living in tropical climates. It is now known that many dinosaurs, including edmontosaurus and troodon, lived in cold weather climates for at least part of the year.
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 exhibit will be at the museum through May 13.
The exhibit was created by Minnesota Children’s Museum and is sponsored locally by Kronos Energy Solutions.
For more information, visit cmom.com.
Published in The Messenger 1.11.12