April 16, 17th and April 19-24th, 2011
(Museum closed Monday April 18th)
The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
announced today that Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill will sponsor
a series of programs for families during April school vacation
The programs include:
View a Film: Three different films are shown each day. There are
seven show times beginning at 10:00 a.m. Last showing begins at
Make a craft: A craft area will be open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3
Meet the park’s animals. There will be animal demonstrations daily
at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Weather permitting; a guided nature
walk may be substituted for the animal demonstration.
Track Talks will be held daily at 11:30 a.m. A staff member will
answer questions about the tracks and discuss what Connecticut was
like in the early Jurassic period.
Mining for gems and fossils -The very popular mining area will
reopen on Saturday April 9th (weather permitting). There is a
materials fee to participate.
Ask-A-Geologist, Thursday April 21 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
The park’s geologist will be on hand to identify rock, mineral
or fossil specimens from your collections.
Celebrate Earth Day at the Park on April 22
The park will sponsor a “Modern Dragons” show featuring live
lizards at 11:00 and 12:30 p.m. Seating is limited to 100 per show.
Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on
the day of the show.
Dinosaur Egg Hunt April 24 at 2:00 p.m.
The park will sponsor a dinosaur egg hunt for children under 12.
The hunt will take place outside on the lawn, please bring your own
The special programming and crafts during school vacation weeks
are sponsored by the Friends of Dinosaur State Park and
Dinosaur State Park is located on 400 West Street in Rocky Hill.
Visitors can view 600 early Jurassic dinosaur footprints under the
dome along with museum exhibits. The Park has a Discovery room that
features a small live animal collection, coloring and book-mark
making stations, puzzles, puppets and fossil and mineral
collections that visitors can touch and examine. There are 2 ½
miles of outdoor hiking trails. The park also has a bookshop that
has a wide variety of unique items for sale.
All special programs are included with your admission. Adults
(13 and up) are $6, Youth (6-12) are $2 and children under 6 are
free. The park accepts MasterCard, Visa and Discover. Charter Oak
Passes are available for seniors (65 and over) who are Connecticut
residents. Picture ID must be presented to acquire a pass.
For more information, call the park at (860) 529-5816 or visit
our website at www.ct.gov/dep/dinosaurstatepark.