Friday, 29 March 2019

Dino Days at California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences has long been one of our favorite museums to visit in the Bay Area. With the addition of its new Dino Days exhibit the number one place has been locked in! You know we can't go past some good dinosaur fun!

girls with tyrannosaurus rex
kids riding t-rex

Dino Days is a fun exhibit featuring five life sized animatronic dinosaurs that roar and move in a realistic way, a climb on t-rex that makes for fun photos, two dig sites for future paleontologists to practice their skills, and plenty of informative displays. 

girl with parasaurolophus dinosaur
digging for dinosaur bones

The animatronic dinosaurs are, of course, the main attraction. Visitors will find an imposing Tyrannosaurus Rex, an armored Edmontonia, a crested Parasaurolophus with her young, a pack of Troodons (sneaking up on the Parasaurolophus family - eek!), and a double horned Torosaurus.

girls and t-rex
Edmontonia dinosaur
Parasaurolophus and Troodon dinosaurs
Torosaurus dinosaur

The climb on T-rex makes for fun photos - and dinosaur hugs!  

girl riding t-rex
girl riding t-rex
girl riding t-rex

Fossils (both real and replicas) from the museum's archives are on display for visitors to explore. Touch a giant T-Rex tooth and marvel at the prehistoric treasures while museum staff answer all your dino related questions.

dinosaur tooth
dinosaur tooth

The two dig sites in the exhibition provide visitors that chance to play paleontologist. The kids had fun digging and sweeping away to discover dinosaur bones buried in the sand.

digging for dinosaur bones
digging for dinosaur bones
digging for dinosaur bones
digging for dinosaur bones

You know that I can't go past a good cheesy photo opportunity, and the terrifying T-Rex sure does make for good (or bad depending on your thoughts!) cheesy shots! My kids could probably work on their acting skills though!

girls and t-rex
girl running from t-rex

Their Instagram poses, as Mathilde likes to call them, are spot on though - although Ava does look like she's trying to sell the "All new Torosaurus with new improved horns"! You'd buy one from her, right?

girl and torosaurus dinosaur
girl and torosaurus dinosaur

Dino Days is located in the East Garden but the dino fun continues in the museum itself with the towering Tyrannosaurus skeleton located in the lobby - which also makes for cheesy photos!

girl and t-rex skeleton
girl and t-rex skeleton

Dino Days is on display in the East Garden at California Academy of Sciences now through May 5th.

California Academy of Sciences is located in Golden Gate Park at 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco.

The museum is open 9:30am - 5pm Monday - Saturday, and 11am - 5pm Sunday.

Entry starts at $39.95 for adults, $34.95 for youth (ages 12 - 17) and $29.95 for children (ages 4 - 11). Children aged 3 and under are admitted free of charge.

To learn more visit https://www.calacademy.org/



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