Dinosaurs are back at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium! The blockbuster exhibit Dinosaur Invasion roars to life through advanced animatronics, fossils and authentic casts as the largest exhibition ever hosted at the West Palm Beach-based Science Center. Open through April 21, 2019, guests can view the exhibit during regular hours for the Science Center or may choose to have a dino-mite time at upcoming special events.
During Dinosaur Invasion, visitors experience the reign of these amazing creatures through 20 dinosaurs, including life-size recreations of Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptors and everything in between. In an encore performance by the same exhibition company crowds loved in 2014, this time, the apex predators will be “bigger and badder” and even more lifelike, according to Lew Crampton, President of the SFSCA.
“The T-Rex is twice as big as the one which helped us set an all-time attendance record last time we exhibited it at the Science Center,” said Crampton. “This time around, some of our dinosaurs will even greet incoming guests at the airport. In fact, we have so many giant, moving beasts that we are showcasing part of the exhibit inside, and part of it outside at the Science Center! Guests will get an up-close view of the amazing creatures while learning about the most recent discoveries in the world of paleontology. We want to ‘open every mind to science,’ and this is the perfect way to get visitors obsessed with this part of history.”
Created by Imagine Exhibitions, all ages are invited to check out this immersive indoor and outdoor blockbuster exhibition. Dinosaurs – once considered by science to be immobile and small-brained – were actually nimble and smart. They dominated the world for well over 150 million years and were wiped out by a cataclysmic event – an asteroid strike – which happens only once every several million years. But dinosaurs never went totally extinct – visiting scientists will show how their descendants are still alive and among us today. These – and many other thrilling stories – will be revealed in this prize-winning exhibition which casts new light on what these giants ate, where in the world they lived and how they died.
With a scale unmatched in animatronic dinosaur exhibitions, this show features some of the world’s most unique and recently discovered dinosaurs. Guests can visit every continent in order to discover what dinosaurs lived there and for how long. Visitors will also be able to see how they measure up against the life-sized animatronic Triceratops, Velociraptor, Tyrannosaurus rex, and even the giant Spinosaurus.
The exhibit is presented by Outfront Media, Gast Construction Group, Quantum Foundation, B/E Aerospace, and the Tourist Development Council of Palm Beach County including the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and Discover The Palm Beaches.
Scheduled for December 28, the Science Center’s next Nights at the Museum will be themed “Dinomania!” On the last Friday of each month from 6-9pm, guests of all ages can enjoy extended hours of exploration at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium! Each Night at the Museum is a different theme, which includes various interactive science crafts, activities, entertainment, exhibits, planetarium shows, and a chance to view the night sky in Palm Beach County’s only public observatory! The upcoming Nights at the Museum will feature Paleo Talks with Robert DePalma, “Dinosaurs Alive” planetarium show and dino-themed crafts like plaster claws and clay prints. Also save the date for March 9, 2019 ∙ 10am-3pm for Dinofest, a day-long celebration of dinosaurs with special dinosaur-themed activities. Hunt for dinosaur eggs, dig for fossils and learn about the quest for fossils with Paleontologist Robert DePalma.
The mission of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is to “open every mind to science” and in addition to its fresh and saltwater aquarium and new backyard Science Trail, the indoor/outdoor venue features more than 100 hands-on educational exhibits, a digital planetarium, conservation research station, Florida exhibit hall, Pre-K focused “Discovery Center,” an interactive Everglades exhibit and the 18-hole Conservation Course – an outdoor putting course with science-focused education stations.
The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is located at 4801 Dreher Trail North in West Palm Beach and is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission to Dinosaur Invasion is included in general admission to the Science Center, which is $17.95 for adults $15.95 for seniors, $13.95 for kids ages 3-12 and free for kids under 3. Planetarium shows and mini golf are not included in general admission pricing. Admission to Nights at the Museum: $14.95 for adults, $12.95 for seniors, $10.95 for children (3-12), FREE for children under 3, and $6 for adult members (child members are FREE).
For more information, call 561-832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org. Like the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @SFScienceCenter.