Dinosaur Mania

 

Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train

Children will always be fascinated with dinosaurs. Hop aboard Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train in Bryson City, N.C., for an unforgettable adventure. During a one-hour, 45-minute layover, kids can meet a costumed Buddy the T-Rex, play dino putt-putt golf and enjoy a bouncy slide and games. The Dinosaur Train departs on Fridays, July 18, 25 and Aug. 1 at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.; on Saturdays, July 19, 26 and Aug. 2 at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., and on Sundays, July 20, 27 and Aug. 3 at 3 p.m.
Location: 226 Everett St. Bryson City, N.C.
Contact: 800-872-4681; gsmr.com
Cost: Adults $39-$59; ages 2-12, $30-$40; ages 23 months and younger, $10.

If you can’t make it out of town, visit dinosaurs locally, and learn about these fascinating extinct creatures at the Fernbank Natural History Museum or the Extreme Dinosaurs exhibit at Atlantic Station.

Fernbank’s “Dinosaur Plaza”

The Dinosaur Plaza features very large bronze sculptures outside and imitation bone structures inside in a permanent exhibit that allows your child to see dinosaurs in life-size form. On Aug. 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Fernbank has a Dinosaur Birthday Bash, with activities that include dinosaur- and birthday-themed games and  crafts as the museum celebrate the 13th anniversary of “Giants of the Mesozoic.”
Location: 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta
Contact: 404-929-6300, fernbankmuseum.org
Cost: Adults, $18; children 3-12, $16; children 2 and under, free. Entrance to special exhibitions is included with purchase of a Museum ticket. Members enjoy free Museum admission and discounted IMAX® tickets.
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., noon-5 p.m.


Extreme Dinosaurs exhibit

This new all-dino exhibit featuring full-sized models, skeletons, fossils and an interactive design-a-dinosaur station. Seventeen animatronic dinosaurs move their limbs, blink, and roar. Open through Jan. 4, 2015.
Location: Atlantic Station Premier Exhibition Center. 265 18th St., Atlanta
Contact: 404-496-4274; dinosaursatlanta.com
Cost: $18; ages 3-11, $13; 2 and younger, free; save $2 per person by ordering tickets online in advance.
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

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