Dino Discoveries at the Museum of Tropical Queensland

16 June 2010

Get ready for adventure as the Museum of Tropical Queensland launches its Dino Discovery holiday program, 26 June – 12 July 2010.

The fun-packed program will begin with a roar featuring children's activities, new fossil displays, demonstrations and free talks from a Queensland Museum dinosaur hunter.

Museum of Tropical Queensland Director Peter McLeod said the new program is the first in a series of dinosaur adventures planned for the museum over the next few years.

“Following the blockbuster success of the Hatching the Past visiting exhibition in 2009, we realised that an annual dinosaur-themed holiday program would be a wonderful resource for local families,” Mr McLeod said.

"This new program will inspire the next generation of palaeontologists to share our excitement and passion for all things prehistoric.”

Children can become fossil hunters in the Dino Detective activity zone and dig for dinosaur bones. Also, kids can book in to take part in an expert-led program to make their own plaster replica of a fossil to keep.

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.

"Visitors should keep an eye out for another special prehistoric guest on the prowl in the museum. It's big and might be hungry, so watch out," Mr McLeod warned.

Queensland Museum dinosaur expert Dr Alex Cook will talk about what it's like to go hunting for bones and tell stories about excavations, life in the field and uncovering Queensland's past.

For program details go to 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 School Holiday Programs are supported by BHP Cannington.

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

Media Contacts:
Mei Nee Cheong 4726 0603 or 0414 264 987
Stephen Wilson 4726 0604 or 0431 334 583

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