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Fossil Week Celebration

 

Paleontologists young and old will really dig this week-long celebration filled with fossil and dinosaur activities. Plus, meet real paleontologists on National Fossil Day on Saturday, October 19!

Be sure to kick off your Fossil Week celebration with our special exhibit Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana and our OMNIMAX® film Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia. Click here to buy tickets.

Sunday, October 13

Puzzling Dinosaurs
Have a blast while searching through puzzle pieces and assembling your favorite dinosaur.
Noon
Cincinnati History Museum

Dinosaurs
Explore characteristics of the most popular dinosaurs as well as the world they lived in.
3:30 p.m.
Museum of Natural History & Science

Monday, October 14

Fossil Formation
When paleontologists dig through the dirt, the minerals that are left present fossils that we can use to study the past but how do the fossils get there? Watch fossil formation come alive using simple items you can find in and around your house!
11 a.m. - noon
Duke Energy Children's Museum Lobby

Tale of a Tail
Dinosaurs used their tails for more than just looking cool! Learn about the distinctly different purposes that carnivores and herbivores had for their tails.
1 - 2 p.m.
Duke Energy Children's Museum Lobby

Dino Dentistry
Dinosaurs had some pretty impressive teeth! Inspect and compare prehistoric and modern teeth while learning what teeth can tell us about life now and then.
2 - 3 p.m.
Duke Energy Children's Museum Lobby

Tuesday, October 15

Prehistoric Plants
Gondwanan plants are still here today! Touch and explore modern species and fossils while discovering how they ended up all over the world.
11 a.m. - noon
Duke Energy Children's Museum Lobby

Puzzle Races
Do you have the problem solving mind of a scientist? Put it to the test in this fun, fast paced puzzle solving race.
1 - 2 p.m.
Duke Energy Children's Museum Lobby

Why Aren’t Dinosaurs in Ohio?
Have you ever wondered why you haven’t found a dinosaur in your backyard? Use maps of prehistoric Ohio and local limestone to understand our area’s ancient past.
2 - 3 p.m.
Duke Energy Children's Museum Lobby

Hatching Dino Eggs
Like an expectant hen waiting on her eggs to hatch, wait and watch our baby dinosaurs hatch out of their eggs while learning about prehistoric dinosaur families.
2 - 2:15 p.m.
Duke Energy Children's Museum

Wednesday, October 16

Science Sleuth: Micro Fossil
Search for and identify microfossils collected by Museum Center paleontologists to add to our collections. Identified microfossils remain the property of Geier Collections and Research Center.
11 a.m.
Museum of Natural History & Science

Why Aren’t Dinosaurs in Ohio?
Have you ever wondered why you haven’t found a dinosaur in your backyard? Use maps of prehistoric Ohio and local limestone to understand our area’s ancient past.
11 a.m. - noon
Duke Energy Children's Museum Lobby

Dino Feeding Time
Feed the correct food into the correct dinosaur’s mouth in this fun game that tests your skill and dino knowledge.
1 - 2 p.m.
Duke Energy Children's Museum Lobby

Dino Family Tree
Are the Giganotosaurus and the T-Rex brothers? Is an Eoraptor really the great uncle of the Carnotaurus? And just who is a pigeon’s grandpa? Find out in this interactive program by using clues to fill in our dinosaur cladogram.
2 - 3 p.m.
Duke Energy Children's Museum Lobby

Thursday, October 17

Dino Dentistry
Dinosaurs had some pretty impressive teeth! Inspect and compare prehistoric and modern teeth while learning what teeth can tell us about life now and then.
11 a.m. - noon
Duke Energy Children's Museum Lobby

Disgusting Dinosaurs
How much snot is in a T-Rex sneeze? Come get hands on with all the disgusting facts that make dinosaurs come to life!
1 - 2 p.m.
Duke Energy Children's Museum Lobby

Prehistoric Plants
Gondwanan plants are still here today! Touch and explore modern species and fossils while discovering how they ended up all over the world.
2 - 3 p.m.
Duke Energy Children's Museum Lobby

Friday, October 18

Dino Family Tree
Are the Giganotosaurus and the T-Rex brothers? Is an Eoraptor really the great uncle of the Carnotaurus? And just who is a pigeon’s grandpa? Find out in this interactive program by using clues to fill in our dinosaur cladogram.
11 a.m. - noon
Duke Energy Children's Museum Lobby

Walk in the Mud
Each dinosaur can only leave one skeleton but hundreds of footprints. Each footprint tells a fascinating piece of the dinosaur’s life story. Find out what we learn with each step in this fun, hands-on program.
1 - 2 p.m.
Duke Energy Children's Museum Lobby

Fossil Formation
When paleontologists dig through the dirt, the minerals that are left present fossils that we can use to study the past but how do the fossils get there? Watch fossil formation come alive using simple items you can find in and around your house!
2 - 3 p.m.
Duke Energy Children's Museum Lobby

Saturday, October 19: National Fossil Day

Saturday, October 19 is National Fossil Day! Celebrate National Fossil day and become a geologist or paleontologist with Cincinnati Museum Center. Talk with local geologists, explore fossilized marine animals that lived in Cincinnati waters 340 million years ago, identify Sheridan Pit fossil materials and earn extra points in Nature’s Trading Post when you discuss your fossils with trading post staff.

Dino Demise
Discuss different theories of what caused the end of the dinosaur era and make your own predictions about the Dinosaurs’ Demise.
11 a.m. - noon
Rotunda

Tale of a Tail
Dinosaurs used their tails for more than just looking cool! Learn about the distinctly different purposes that carnivores and herbivores had for their tails.
11 a.m. - noon
Rotunda

Dinosense
Do you have the eyes of the T. Rex? Do you have the ears of an Allosaurus? Do you have the nose of an Archaeopteryx?
Come put your senses to the test!
Noon - 1 p.m.
Rotunda

Prehistoric Plants
Gondwanan plants are still here today! Touch and explore modern species and fossils while discovering how they ended up all over the world.
Noon - 1 p.m.
Rotunda

Puzzle Races
Do you have the problem solving mind of a scientist? Put it to the test in this fun, fast paced puzzle solving race.
Noon - 1 p.m.
Rotunda

Dino Dance Party
"Open the door, get on the floor, everybody walk the dinosaur!" Join us as we boogie down to some fun dino songs!
12:30 p.m.
Duke Energy Children’s Museum

Dino Feeding Time
Feed the correct food into the correct dinosaur’s mouth in this fun game that tests your skill and dino knowledge.
1 - 2 p.m.
Rotunda

Walk in the Mud
Each dinosaur can only leave one skeleton but hundreds of footprints. Each footprint tells a fascinating piece of the dinosaur’s life story. Find out what we learn with each step in this fun, hands-on program.
1 - 2 p.m.
Rotunda

Why Aren’t Dinosaurs in Ohio?
Have you ever wondered why you haven’t found a dinosaur in your backyard? Use maps of prehistoric Ohio and local limestone to understand our area’s ancient past.
1 - 2 p.m.
Rotunda

Disgusting Dinosaurs
How much snot is in a T-Rex sneeze? Come get hands on with all the disgusting facts that make dinosaurs come to life!
2 - 3 p.m.
Rotunda

Young at Art: Paleo Painting
We’ll uncover dinosaur bones in an artistic way! Join us as we excavate with watercolors and paint brushes to reveal a prehistoric work of art!
3 p.m.
Duke Energy Children’s Museum

Sunday, October 20

Dino Demise
Discuss different theories of what caused the end of the dinosaur era and make your own predictions about the Dinosaurs’ Demise.
11 a.m. - noon
Rotunda

Tale of a Tail
Dinosaurs used their tails for more than just looking cool! Learn about the distinctly different purposes that carnivores and herbivores had for their tails.
11 a.m. - noon
Rotunda

Dinosense
Do you have the eyes of the T. Rex? Do you have the ears of an Allosaurus? Do you have the nose of an Archaeopteryx? Come put your senses to the test!
Noon -1 p.m.
Rotunda

Prehistoric Plants
Gondwanan plants are still here today! Touch and explore modern species and fossils while discovering how they ended up all over the world.
Noon - 1 p.m.
Rotunda

Puzzle Races
Do you have the problem solving mind of a scientist? Put it to the test in this fun, fast paced puzzle solving race.
Noon - 1 p.m.
Rotunda

Dino Feeding Time
Feed the correct food into the correct dinosaur’s mouth in this fun game that tests your skill and dino knowledge.
1 - 2 p.m.
Rotunda

Walk in the Mud
Each dinosaur can only leave one skeleton but hundreds of footprints. Each footprint tells a fascinating piece of the dinosaur’s life story. Find out what we learn with each step in this
fun, hands-on program.
1 - 2 p.m.
Rotunda

Why Aren’t Dinosaurs in Ohio?
Have you ever wondered why you haven’t found a dinosaur in your backyard? Use maps of prehistoric Ohio and local limestone to understand our area’s ancient past.
1 - 2 p.m.
Rotunda

Disgusting Dinosaurs
How much snot is in a T-Rex sneeze? Come get hands on with all the disgusting facts that make dinosaurs come to life!
2 - 3 p.m.
Rotunda

Tea Rex
Come help us teach our prehistoric friends the finery of an Afternoon Tea. Enjoy tea and sweets, while listening to a reading of the new Molly Idle book, Tea Rex. Cost: Members $12, Non-Members $15. Please call (513) 287-7001 to purchase your tickets.
2 p.m.
Cincinnati Dining Room

 


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Activities in the Duke Energy Children's Museum Lobby and the Rotunda are free. Activities in our museums are free for Members or included with your All Museums Pass for $12.50 for adults and $8.50 for children.