With dinosaur lovers in the family, and a future paleontologist at that I had Paleofest on my calendar for awhile. Wow! What a fun and great event for those that are intrigued by dinosaurs.

Highlights:

  • Stations. I don’t know about you, but my kids love scavenger hunts. The kids were each given a passport, and it was their duty to find specific stations throughout and get their passport stamped. There were 8 different stations located throughout the museum. Here were some of their favorite stations:

They enjoyed throwing bean bags into the mouths of dinosaurs at the Feeding Dinosaurs station.

Fun at Paleofest at Burpee Museum. Great event for dinosaur lovers!

They had their creative juices flowing at the while making dinosaur puppets.

Fun at Paleofest at Burpee Museum. Great event for dinosaur lovers!

Who’s That Dino? – a fun matching game to figure out the name of the dinosaur toy

Fun at Paleofest at Burpee Museum. Great event for dinosaur lovers!

After getting stamps from station to station, winners could choose a dinosaur prize from the “dino dig.” FUN!

Fun at Paleofest at Burpee Museum. Great event for dinosaur lovers!

  • Family workshops. In addition to all the stations, there was an option to add a Family Workshop pass for $25 (as members). These workshops differ by day, but on the day we went the kids were able to participate in the “What’s for lunch, Miss T-Rex?” workshop. They learned all sorts of fun facts, saw a real tooth from Jane, the juvenile T-rex. The best part though was, of course, getting a chance to “dig” for a fossil.

Fun at Paleofest at Burpee Museum. Great event for dinosaur lovers!

Then getting to paint it any way they wanted.

Fun at Paleofest at Burpee Museum. Great event for dinosaur lovers!

What a neat souvenir!

 

Bottom Line:

If you have dinosaur fans, you must attend Paleofest. It’s very organized, educational, and tons of F-U-N!

Nitty Gritty:

Website: www.burpee.org
Location: 737 North Main Street, Rockford
Admission: Adults 13 and older $12 General Public, $4 Member. Family workshops $35 non-member, $25 member.
Parking: Plenty of parking at the lot
Stroller-friendly? Yes!
Food: No food/cafe available onsite
Crowded: We visited on a Sunday afternoon and it wasn’t crowded.
What to expect:  A super fun dinosaur event with activities and an option for a family workshop.

Fun at Paleofest at Burpee Museum. Great event for dinosaur lovers!