It’s been more than 65 million years since dinosaurs stomped about the Earth, but this summer you can see the fantastic beasts move, growl and snarl at the new Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit at the Discovery Cube LA. Your paleontologists in the making will get a jump on their studies as they dig, watch and interact with the seemingly real dinosaurs and really real fossils on display.

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What’s the BIG Idea?
Dinosaurs are a big deal for lots of little people.  Keeping with the mission of bringing science and imagination together for learners of all ages, The Discovery Cube has created their own Mesozoic Era spectacle that will entrance little T-Rex fans, as well as big kids who still have Jurassic dreams, with their latest traveling exhibit, Dinosaurs Unearthed. Before you even get inside, you’ll be greeted with a snarl or a roar by the animatronic dinosaurs outside along the entrance pathway. Inside, step after step, your child-osaurus will learn loads about the giant creatures, like the similarities between dinos and ballerinas and chickens! (Most dinosaurs walked on their toes instead of flat-footed, and they digested food in a way similar to chickens.)

photo: Cherie Tosh

Triassic, You’ll Like It
The interactive experience allows children to learn at their level.  While the museum suggests that the exhibit is for kids 5-13, we think it’s best for 5-10, maybe 12 if they are truly fascinated by this world.  Buttons on the displays make some of the dinosaurs move or roar.  Kids (and brave parents) can weigh themselves to see how they compare to the weight of different species of dinosaurs.

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There are also real and replica fossils along with life sized skeletons. So whether watching things in action grabs your child’s attention or reading about and touching makes more of an impact, the prehistoric creatures are sure to entertain and educate everyone.

photo: Cherie Tosh

Can You Dig It?
After you’ve traipsed through the Jurassic era upstairs, you can head to the Cube, Jr. area where you’ll find the fossil dig-site. Here the your trendy T-Rex can unearth fossils just like the scientists do. Dino-tots can also explore more animatronic dinosaurs on their own jungle buggy.  This area is geared for the kiddos in your family who are under three.  They’ll love it, but it might not hold their attention for more than 15-20 minutes. While in the area, you may want refresh your fossil fuel at the kid-focused cafe, Bean Sprouts.

photo: Cherie Tosh

Just Because the Dinosaurs Are Done, Doesn’t Mean You Are
Once you’ve roamed with the dinosaurs and learned about some of their usual characteristics, there’s still plenty more to see at the museum.  The Discover Cube’s mission blends science with excitement. So, whether your kids love STEM activities or saving the environment, there’s a lot more to explore. From learning about the winds by standing in a wind tunnel to finding out how sorting your trash helps save the environment, kids will find an engaging, hands-on activity at every turn.

photo: Cherie Tosh

The  Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit is currently at the Discovery Cube Los Angeles until September 10, making it a perfect (air conditioned) summer outing.  The Discovery Cube is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Be sure to purchase your general admission ticket online in advance to receive the discounted price of $12.95.

Discovery Cube Los Angeles
11800 Foothill Blvd
Los Angeles
818-686-2823
Online: la.discoverycube.org

Got a little dino fan?  We know where else in LA the dinosaurs roam.  Find all their hidden haunts, here.

—Cherie Tosh