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The Da Vinci Science Center appearance of the traveling exhibition Be the Dinosaur: Life in the Cretaceous – which helped the Center increase its fall 2014 walk-in visitation by more than 50 percent – will be extended through Feb. 22, 2015.
Sponsored at the Da Vinci Science Center by ATAS International, Inc., and B. Braun, the Be the Dinosaur exhibition opened on Oct. 11, 2014, and had been scheduled to close on Jan. 19, 2015. This entertaining high-tech exhibition features video game technologies that let visitors create and control their own digital dinosaurs through a virtual Earth during the Cretaceous period more than 65 million years ago. The experience also includes a Dino Dig pit built by the Center for kids to explore and uncover replica dinosaur fossils.
The Da Vinci Science Center also will extend its Dino Day events for preschool children and their families. The additional Dino Days will be held on Mondays from Jan. 26-Feb. 9, 2015.
The Da Vinci Science Center’s walk-in visitation increased 53.5 percent from Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2014, in comparison with the same period in 2013. The Center’s group and school field trip visitation also rose 30.6 percent in the fall of 2014.
The Be the Dinosaur exhibition is included with paid Center admission or membership entry. Tickets can be purchased at the Center or on the web at davincisciencecenter.org/tickets.
“We have been delighted with the response to the Be the Dinosaur exhibition by our visitors and our members,” said Lin Erickson, the Da Vinci Science Center’s Executive Director and CEO. “Be the Dinosaur is a playful experience that lets children explore their curiosities about what it was like to be a dinosaur and the world in which they lived and its extension provides a great opening to the year 2015, during which our special exhibits will highlight the wonders of planet Earth.”
The Da Vinci Science Center’s Year of the Planet highlight theme continues through 2015 with the blockbuster exhibition National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers in the summer and the entertaining traveling exhibition Rainforest Adventure in the fall. The Year of the Planet theme follows the Center’s dynamic Year of the Human Body and Year of Innovation themes.