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Prehistoric Park: Return of the Dinosaurs

Newest exhibit roars to life at the Museum of Discovery and Science
May 28 through September 11, 2005.


March 28, 2005, Fort Lauderdale – The past will come alive when stomping, roaring robotic dinosaurs and ice age mammals invade the Museum of Discovery and Science in Prehistoric Park: Return of the Dinosaurs opening May 28, 2005. Prehistoric Park: Return of the Dinosaurs is sponsored locally by Bank Atlantic.

Visitors will travel back in time to encounter an extinct world with ten life-sized robotic dinosaurs and ice age mammals, simulated fossil dig boxes, real dinosaur remains and fossilized eggs. The exhibit features Kokoro’s robotic Tyrannosaurus rex; an adult Maiasaura with a nest full of hatchling eggs, the domed-headed Pachycephalosaurus, an adult Apatosaurus with its young, and a soaring Pteranodon, with a massive, 25-foot wing span. Each life-like model is based on an actual fossil and reflects recent theories of dinosaur behavior and physiology.

The exhibit also features four ice age mammals including a woolly mammoth; the extinct hornless rhino Baluchitherium; a family of Smilodons, the largest saber-toothed cat, and a Megatherium, the giant sloth.

In the hands-on section of the exhibit, visitors will experience the inner workings of the robotic dinosaurs by controlling their movements from a remote control location. They will also get the chance to work as a paleontologist by excavating real sharks’ teeth in the Dino Dig Pit. Children can create colorful dinosaur art at the dinosaur rubbing station.

Guest can add to their dinosaur experience by viewing the IMAX® film, T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous, which follows 16-year old Ally Hayden on a remarkable pre-historic adventure, as she is magically transported back 65 million years to the Cretaceous Period. From her wanderings in the corridors of a natural history museum to her journey through history itself, Ally encounters a fascinating cast of characters, including dinosaur artist Charles Knight and Barnum Brown, the great dinosaur-bone hunter. Her journey ends in a heart-stopping yet wondrous face-to-face encounter with a 20-foot tall, 15-ton Tyrannosaurus Rex – rendered in incredible detail on the giant IMAX® screen.

Serving Monday through Friday at 1:30 p.m.
and 3:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
and 4:30 p.m.
New Science Café demonstrations: Iguanodon Bon Bons, Prehistoric Pasta, Saber-Tooth Soup, Stegosaurus Strudel and T-Rex Bites.

Pasta Fossils
May 28, 29, 30, 2005 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
We can find out many things about dinosaurs by studying their bones. Even millions of years after their extinction, we are able to reconstruct their skeletons, figure out what they ate, where they lived, how fast they might have been, and many other things that—without their bones—would have remained a mystery. In this craft activity, you will get a chance to create a fossil of your very own dinosaur. Perhaps you will create the fossil remains of a lasagnadon, or maybe even a rare linguinisaurus!

Florida Fossils
May 28, 29, 30, 2005 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Imagine gigantic creatures lounging around your yard, grazing by your pool and chewing on palm fronds. Well, thousands of years ago, some prehistoric animals called Florida home. The Gems and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches will display their collection of Florida fossils to help guests understand the history of our own backyard.

Dino Match
May 28, 29, 30, 2005 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Learn about the many adaptations that helped dinosaurs live in a prehistoric world. Then determine if they are related to each other.

Chippin’ Away
May 28, 29, 30, 2005 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Be a paleontologist and dig up a fossilized “chocolate-chip-a-saurus” from your own “dig site.”


The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 400,000 visitors each year. Major operational support for the Museum is provided through generous support by Leadership Guild members including: American Express, City Furniture, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Sun-Sentinel and Wachovia.

The Museum is open seven days per week (365 days per year); Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. with extended IMAX hours on Friday and Saturday evenings. General admission prices are $14 for adults; $13 for seniors; $12 for children 3 to 12. Children under 3 are free. A General Admission Ticket includes admission to the Museum exhibits and one IMAX® film. The Museum of Discovery and Science is located downtown at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information about the Museum, visitors should call (954) 467-MODS (6637) or visit our web site at


The Blockbuster® IMAX®Theater owned and operated by the Museum of Discovery and Science, opened in 1992. The 300-seat theater is a showcase of state-of-the-art motion picture technology. The Blockbuster® IMAX®Theater features a 60 ft. x 80 ft. screen and a 15,000 watt digital sound system that delivers six discrete channels of clear sound through 42 speakers. The IMAX® projector’s 15,000 watt Xenon bulb projects images of unsurpassed brilliance and clarity onto the five-story-high screen. Both 2D and 3D films are shown in the theater. 3D films are viewed using electronic headsets. The IMAX® experience is an unparalleled fusion of sight and sound. For show times, visitors should call 954-463-IMAX (4629).

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