Who’s excited for this spring and summer? With the number of new exhibits coming, there will be no shortage of fun in the Chicagoland area. Well guess what? If you have dino-lovin’ kids then you’ll be excited to hear that a few of them will feature none other than dinosaurs (and some dragons too!). Find out where to find these new exhibits. Have a roarin’ good time!
Dinos & Dragons
Where: Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield
When: May 6 to September 17
Cost: In addition to general admission, Dinos & Dragons is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 11 and seniors 65 and over.
The fun: Dinos alone are always a hit but when you add dragons to the mix and it’s heaven for kids. The highlight will be the seventeen animatronic dinosaurs, but don’t miss out on seeing the 6-foot Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard, and other types of lizards. Afterwards test your dinosaur and dragon knowledge by trying to answer questions from the “Games of Bones” or pretend to be a paleontologist and dig through the excavation site.
Where: Gail Borden Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin
When: May 15 to September 24
The Fun: Life-size replica dinosaur giants such as the 33-foot- tall Jobaria skeleton, the Suchomimus “Crocodile Mimic” skeleton and the skeleton of an African pterosaur, a flying reptile with a 16-foot wingspan will rule the Gail Borden Library. The dinosaur skeleton replicas are based on actual fossils discovered by the team of world famous University of Chicago paleontologist Dr. Paul Sereno. You’ll find a Jobaria Skeleton, The Giant Dinosaur, 70 feet long, 33 feet high, a Suchomimus skeleton, “Crocodile mimic” , meat eater with long curved teeth.The library will have fossils, real dinosaur bones you can touch, and images from their expedition. Stay tuned for special events as well.
Jurassic World: The Exhibition
Where: The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
When: May 26, 2017 to January 7, 2018
Cost: Ticket prices will be $20 for children (ages 3–11) and $25 for adults for evening entry (5–9pm), and $10 for children and $15 for adults for daytime entry (9am–5pm), in addition to general museum admission.
The Fun: If you’ve ever wondered what it would feel like to be a part of the Jurassic World film, this is your chance. Visitors will travel to Isla Nublar as VIP guests to explore a towering Brachiosaurus; come face-to-face with a Velociraptor; and get a rare up-close look at the most vicious dinosaur of them all, Tyrannosaurus rex.The Exhibition is infused with interactive educational elements—drawn from the real-world science of dinosaur DNA that allowed Jurassic World to come to life.
Guests will walk through the world-famous Jurassic World gates to get up close to the towering dinosaurs, some more than 24 feet tall, and explore the Park through a specially guided tour. Once onsite, visitors will experience the family-friendly Gentle Giants Petting Zoo; step behind the glass into The Hammond Creation Lab; get a special preview of Jurassic World’s top-secret project, the Indominus rex; and go inside the Raptor Training Paddock.
What are you most excited to see?