National Dinosaur Day (May 15 and June 1) is on the minds of all little paleontologists, and there are plenty of ways to have a roaring-good time celebrating from home.
Since families are not be able to physically venture outdoors and participate in their favorite dinosaur activities for kids, we've rounded up the best virtual experiences that'll keep natural scientists intrigued and curious.
American Museum of Natural History
The Upper West Side museum is pretty much NYC's dinosaur oasis. Though its exhibits are currently closed, kiddos can participate in prehistoric fun with the OLogy Challenge. This weekly happening tasks children with drawing a new creation and submitting their artwork, which could in turn end up on the Museum's OLogy website! This week, Mick Ellison, a paleo-artist at AMNH guides kids through step-by-step instructions to creating a masterpiece. Plus, cool facts and tidbits are available along the way. All works are due to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, May 17. Parents can read the rules for submission online.
Be sure to check out AMNH's virtual offerings on Google Arts & Culture. It's the perfect way to bring the family attraction right to your home!
Ideal for ages 4–8, the super-popular YouTube series T-Rex Ranch will keep kids entertained for hours with videos of fun facts, cool songs, games and other neat activities! (We personally can't get "The Dinosaurs Are Coming" song out of our head.)
National Geographic Kids
Nat Geo gives kids access to prehistoric creatures by species and provides cool facts about each one. (Did you know a T. Rex could easily bend the metal of a car with its jaws?) New studies find that dinos could've possibly dwelled in water (specifically the Spinosaurus) and it's definitely worth a read!
Dinosaur Train is a popular online program from PBS Kids that provides insight into these cool creatures. Searching the field guide is a great way to learn more about each species. Once you've picked up cool facts, head on over and play a few games like "Dino Flight" and "Fossil Finder," among others.
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