EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSClay Center Featuring "Be The Dinosaur" Exhibit
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Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Sep. 26, 2013 11:09 AM EDT
Updated: Sep. 26, 2013 3:39 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Reading about dinosaurs is one thing, but imagine if you could be the dinosaur?
The Clay Center in Charleston is officially opening a new exhibit Saturday called “Be the Dinosaur,” where visitors – thanks to highly interactive simulator pods -- can “become” an actual living, breathing dinosaur within a virtual Cretaceous Era ecosystem, according to information on the center’s website.
“Be the Dinosaur” fuses state-of-the-art video game technology with traditional paleontology exhibits that feature full-size dinosaur bones, a paleontology field station and a Safari Jeep.
The Clay Center said young guests can take part in a Dino Dig, where everyone leaves with a prize. The exhibit also will feature dinosaur artifacts and activities exploring dinosaur defenses, size, colors and lifestyles.
Experience even more prehistoric fun from noon – 4 p.m. on opening day Saturday with the Dino Day family fun event, according to a news release from the Clay Center. Check out the exhibit and learn more about these amazing creatures from the past with stories, art activities and science demonstrations.
The Dino Day schedule of activities includes:
* Make a fossil, noon – 4 p.m. – Use plaster and paint to create your own relics.
* Dino dig, noon – 4 p.m. – Uncover a “dino-mite” prize.
* Dino colors, noon – 4 p.m. – Color a picture of a prehistoric giant.
* Reptile roundup, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Get up close to some of the dinosaurs’ modern-day relatives.
* Dino demo, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – Learn about dinosaurs by examining footprints they left behind.
All Dino Day activities are included in regular museum admission, which is free for museum members or $6 for children and $7.50 for adults. Film and planetarium tickets are sold separately.
“Be the Dinosaur” is sponsored by BB&T West Virginia Foundation and will be on display through Dec. 31.
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