With this week’s release of Jurassic World, Fernbank Museum of Natural History announces its all-new Jurassic June celebration, which includes a variety of ways to dive into all things dinosaur with discounts, giveaways, mascot appearances, special activities, paleontology discussions, dinosaur exhibitions and more. Jurassic June, which celebrates the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods of dinosaur history, highlights opportunities to see skeletons, sculptures, models, murals and fossils of dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and other prehistoric reptiles, birds and mammals.
Throughout Jurassic June, Fernbank Museum will offer a 20% discount on Museum tickets to those who either wear their favorite dinosaur clothing or present a Jurassic World ticket stub at the box office. Up to six museum tickets may be purchased with each ticket stub or dinosaur-fashioned ensemble from June 11 through June 30, 2015. Visitors must ask for the discount and show the qualifying item to receive offer. (Code: JurassicJune-M-20%)
Jurassic June will include a special engagement with author (Dinosaurs without Bones) and paleontologist Dr. Anthony (Tony) Martin at 7 p.m. on June 26 in the Museum’s Auditorium. Dr. Martin, a professor at Emory University who specializes in the study of trace fossils, will present a special “Dinosaurs After Dark” experience at Martinis & IMAX® as he examines clues from the trailer of Jurassic World, along with a screening of the original Jurassic Park film, and a question-answer session about the imaginative possibilities between scientific fact and Hollywood entertainment. After the discussion, dinosaur fans can enjoy Martinis & IMAX®, featuring the special Fossil Fuel Martini at the cash bars.
DINOSAURS ON VIEW:
Museum visitors throughout Jurassic June also can explore more about the entire Mesozoic Era through a variety of exhibitions, displays and special encounters. Fernbank Museum of Natural History features several of the dinosaur species, or their close relatives, that are featured in Jurassic World, including T. rex and Giganotosaurus, whose genes are combined in the movie to create the hybrid dinosaur, “Indomnus rex.”
Dinosaur enthusiasts can spot the other prehistoric stars of the movie throughout the museum, including Pteranodon, Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus. Several close relatives of Jurassic World species, including Talarurus, an ankylosaur related to the movie’s Anklylosaurus, and Platycarpus, a mosasaur closely related to Mosasaurus, can also be discovered at the museum. In all, more than 20 species of dinosaurs, reptiles and other dinosaur-era creatures are represented throughout the museum as models, skeletons, sculptures, mural paintings, fossils, trace fossils, videos and other displays.
The Fernbank Museum App, available for download for Apple and Android devices, offers a Paleontologist Journal activity featuring discoveries, activities, videos, collectors’ cards and special rewards on a tour that includes the Dinosaur Plaza, Giants of the Mesozoic exhibition and A Walk Through Time in Georgia exhibition.
DINOSAUR DISCOVERY CARTS
For hands-on experiences, Fernbank’s youth volunteers host the Dinosaur Discovery Cart with opportunities to learn more about dinosaurs with real fossils, models and other activities in the Museum’s Great Hall atrium (when available/offered most days).
DINOSAUR SCAVENGER HUNTS
A Dinosaur Seek and Find will also be available at the greeter station, challenging young visitors to to locate dinosaurs throughout the museum by following photo clues. The first 50 children to complete the activity and return it to the greeter’s station each Saturday and Sunday will receive a free Fernbank dinosaur collectors’ coin featuring Giganotosaurus, Argentinosaurus, or one of the pterosaurs from the Giants of the Mesozoic exhibition.
FREE ONLINE ACTIVITIES
More activities are available on Fernbank’s website, including a Dinosaur Connect-the-Dots and a Dinosaur Puzzler that kids can do at the museum or at home.
DINOSAUR KIDS’ MEALS
Young visitors will want to check their kids’ meal bags for a special dinosaur prize throughout Jurassic June. Kids’ meals include a sandwich, hotdog or slice of pizza along with chips, a drink, a cookie and a dinosaur high-bounce ball, all inside a special dinosaur bag with activities and a membership coupon for 10% off.
#DINOSELFIE PHOTO OPPS
Several #DinoSelfie spots exist throughout Fernbank for those who want to ‘Gram, Post or Tweet their dinosaur adventures from the museum. Photo opp cutout boards can be found in the Great Hall and in the Lobby, and it’s always fun to snap a shot standing among the world’s largest dinosaurs in Giants of the Mesozoic—just like Brad Paisley’s #Giganotoselfie from a recent visit.
DINOSAUR BIRTHDAY BASH
For those who have Dinosaur Fever that extends beyond Jurassic June, Fernbank Museum will host its annual Dinosaur Birthday Bash, celebrating the world’s largest dinosaurs, on Saturday, August 22, 2015. This giant party features games, activities and party tunes.
All Jurassic June activities are included with Museum admission, which is $18 for adults, $17 for seniors, $16 for children and free for museum members. (The Jurassic June discount offers a 20% savings off these prices.) Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta with free parking. For more information, visit www.fernbankmuseum.org.