‘Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice’ Comes to Las Vegas
“Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice” is the first child-centered exhibit in the country dedicated to expanding the understanding of dinosaur habitat. The display roars into Las Vegas at DISCOVERY Children’s Museum is open through September 13.
The exciting, traveling exhibit transports families back to the Cretaceous Period, (145-65 million years ago), the time when dinosaurs last lived on earth, allowing children and adults to explore dinosaur habitats to better understand how these mysterious animals lived.
Children will go face-to-face with the prehistoric world and meet dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes. The display, created for children ages 3 or older, will feature 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 and 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. The exhibit runs through September 13, at Las Vegas’ “Best Museum” voted by the Review Journal’s Best Of readers poll.