Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice


May 18, 2024 - September 7, 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Bluedorn Science Imaginarium
322 Washington Street
Waterloo, IA 50701

Al Sweeney (email)

Exhibit Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10-5; Thursday-Friday 10-8; Saturday 10-5; Sunday 1-5
Exhibit Admission at the Imaginarium: $10, Members $2, 3 and under free, Museums for All & Blue Star honored

Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and IceTM, transports families back to the Cretaceous Period (145 – 65 million years ago), the time when dinosaurs last lived on earth. 

Children will go face-to-face with the prehistoric world and meet dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes. The exhibit, created for children ages 3 – 10, will feature two distinct environments and a variety of activities. A Field Research Station allows children to step into the role of paleontologist by uncovering fossils with brushes and creating drawings of the dinosaur environment using fossil rubbings and tracings. 

The steamy “Land of Fire” connects visitors with prehistoric home of the Triceratops and T-Rex. Children can circle the land in insect costumes and buzz through a volcano with oozing lava. Work through a swampy bog and identify an ecosystem of animals and plants. No coats are needed for a trip across the “Land of Ice” where visitors meet two dinosaurs, a Troodon and Edmontosaurus, who made their homes in the cold climate of Alaska. Activities include: climbing rocky steps, breezing down an icy slide, and hoping across stepping stones in an icy river. 

This exhibit will be on display from May 18-September 7, 2024. Along with this prehistoric exhibit, the Museum will have regularly occurring live science demonstrations themed around Dinosaurs, Fire, and Ice. The Grout Museum of History and Science’s Norris Corson Family Planetarium will also be in on the fun with frequent Dinosaur and Paleolithic Planetarium shows. Throughout the summer, the Museum will also have a variety of dinosaur programs, events and members-only opportunities themed around this fun exhibit.

June 4-August 31 "Paleo Earth" will play in the Norris Corson Family Planetarium at 3PM. 
Journey back to the Earth that the dinosaurs roamed! Discover how earth, air, water, and fire forged a wondrous and sometimes dangerous world. Does contain loud sounds and flashing lights. Run time: approximately 30 minutes

Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice™ was created by Minnesota Children’s Museum. This project is made possible by a grant from the David B. Jones Foundation.


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