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Dinosaurs are just plain cool. They’re big, they’re scary, they’re extinct and they’re full of mystery. What’s not to love?
Kids love dinosaurs because they can use their imaginations to create all sorts of stories and adventures. They can pretend to be a fierce T-Rex, gentle Triceratops or even a tiny Compsognathus. They can build dinosaur models, play with dinosaur toys and read dinosaur books. For many kids, learning about dinosaurs is their first experience with science and history as they discover different types of dinosaurs, how they lived and how they died.
As part of Newport’s annual downtown entertainment series Monster Nights, the city has acquired the Dinosaurs: Fossils Exposed exhibit which will be on display through September.
The traveling exhibit is free to the public and is currently on display at the NEDC/Chamber Office in Newport. The show features life-size skeletal molds of some of the most popular dinosaurs, including Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus Rex and Velociraptor. It allows curious kids and adults to explore the unique world of Dinosaurs.
Here is a sneak peek of some of the displays you’ll see:
Any “Night at the Museum” movie fans out there? Rexy is a one-third-size replica of an actual Tyrannosaurus Rex and was used to promote the movie in 2006. You can see the full-size version of Rexy throughout the film.
View full-size replicas of small and large dinosaurs such as Triceratops and Velociraptors. The molds are made from real dinosaur bones, so you can get a close-up look at how these creatures actually looked.
Stand beside the femur bone of an Apatosaurus (Brontosaurus) to get an idea of how you compare to some of the largest dinosaurs that roamed the planet.
Observe some castings of fossilized dinosaur footprints and see how your hand or foot compares.
Test your skills as a paleontologist as you carefully brush away dirt from fossilized dinosaur bones.
Dinosaurs: Fossils Exposed is free and open to the public through September 24. The exhibit is inside the lobby and meeting area at the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce offices. Hours are 8-4:30 Monday through Thursday and 8-3:30 on Fridays.
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