Family Life of the Dinosaur Supports Lessons in Paleontology

Rare Look at the Life of Dinosaurs Through the Lens of their Eggs, Nests & Young

Young paleontologists unite! Resources for learning about dinosaurs abound here in western Massachusetts. From museum exhibits to hands-on paleontology activities to natural wonders, our region is rich with experiential and place-based opportunities for learning about the prehistoric creatures of the past.

Trends come and go, but there are some topics which fascinate children across generations. One such topic is dinosaurs! Extinct species tell us a lot about evolution, biology, and the history of the Earth. Dinosaurs are particularly interesting because of their, in some cases, massive size. While birds are modern day descendants of dinosaurs, it is a challenging and fun exercise to try to imagine bird-like creatures being much bigger than humans, like the Tyrannosaurus Rex, which stood up to twenty feet tall! See a life-sized replica at the Springfield Museums and an actual skull at the Beneski Museum at Amherst College (both in their permanent collections) for an exciting comparison of just HOW much bigger these creatures were!

The family friendly exhibition Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies will be on view at the Berkshire Museum through Sunday, August 28, 2016. Rich with fossils, models, and interactive opportunities, this immersive exhibition is bound to fascinate visitors of all ages.

It’s easy to find entertaining movies and books for children about dinosaurs. But did you know that there are several resources in Western Massachusetts for people of all ages to learn about these fascinating creatures? Adding to the list of intergenerational, hands-on, and multi-media based ways of learning about dinosaurs in western MA, is a new exhibit at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield. Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies will be on view until Sunday, August 28, 2016. This exhibit offers a new way of looking at dinosaurs, by studying their eggs and nests, and learn about how dinosaurs cared for their young. While this exhibit is worthwhile for anyone, it is a perfect parent-child experience. Visitors will be able to touch a real dinosaur bone, dig for dinosaur eggs, and dress up like a dinosaur. These hands-on activities are sure to keep kids engaged throughout their visit.

Using dinosaurs as an entry-point, you can make science fun while offering youth opportunities for learning about evolutionary biology, ancient history, geology and archaeology. If you have a great time, there are tons of other sites to visit all summer long across the region.

Please purchase tickets for Tiny Titans by calling 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (Adults $. Children <$)

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