Roaring Dinos return to MTQ

20 June 2011

School holiday visitors to the Museum of Tropical Queensland can look forward to a palaeontological adventure with free activities planned for the whole family as part of Dino Discoveries from 25 June to 10 July. 

Visitors will have the opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the Museum’s mascot Dinomite, a life-size animatronics carnosaur, who will be roaming around the Museum at 11.30am and 2pm on weekdays. 

Dinomite, measuring approximately 6 metres in length and 2 metres high, was developed and designed by Museum staff, complete with blinking, illuminated eyes, a swinging tail and a very loud roar.

Museum of Tropical Queensland Director Peter McLeod said Dinomite’s appearances during last year’s Dino Discoveries program contributed to some of the busiest days the Museum has recorded.

“Our visitors gave Dinomite a very warm welcome when we introduced him to the community last year, proving to be one of the most popular aspects of the holiday program,” Mr McLeod said.

“Dino Discoveries will bring out the palaeontologist in all of our visitors.  Children can play in our specially made dino dig pits and older children and adults will have the opportunity to find real fossils.

“We know adults share the excitement for these prehistoric creatures and for the first time at the Museum of Tropical Queensland, older children and adults will be able to fossick through troughs filled with real fossils, thanks to our friends at Kronosaurus Korner in Richmond who are bringing fossils here from western Queensland.

We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Kronosaurus Korner to bring this very special activity to the Museum which will enable our visitors to make a tangible connection to Queensland’s prehistoric past,” Mr McLeod said.

Some of the most popular activities will return this year including fossil-casting, an expert-led program where children can make their own plaster replica of a fossil to keep; and sand art, where children use special templates to create their own dino masterpiece from coloured sand.

Pre-school-aged visitors can bring dinosaurs back to life in The Nest, a space for early learning with dinosaur costumes to try on and educational toys and games.

For program details visit www.mtq.qm.qld.gov.au.

Entry to the Museum of Tropical Queensland is free for locals through the Council Community Pass, supported by Townsville, Burdekin, Charters Towers and Hinchinbrook councils.

The Museum of Tropical Queensland, part of the Queensland Museum, is open from 9.30am - 5pm daily.

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