Preparing For Dinosaur Day at the Newark Museum
In the main science lab, teen-aged Science Explorers are unpacking fossils, creating identification boards, collecting model magic and pipe cleaners needed to make model dinosaurs and generally getting ready for Dinosaur Day at the Newark Museum on Sunday, May 1 from 10 am to 4:30 pm.
The most popular single-day festival on the Museum’s calendar brings fossils hunters, face painters and scientists to downtown Newark, where families can touch real dinosaur bones, learn about geological disasters and talk to professional geologists about what they study.
This is the fourth year that we’ve presented Dinosaur Day and we learn something new every year. This year, because of what’s happened in Japan, we’ll be focusing on Natural Disasters. Rutgers University will be bringing their Tsunami Tank, Kean University will investigate lightning strikes. There will even be a Hurricane Tunnel, where visitors can step inside and feel how strong hurricane-strength winds really are — 75 miles per hour! I can’t wait to try it myself.
It takes a lot of people working together to pull off a festival like this. The tent is being set up in the sculpture garden and most of the supplies have been ordered, except for the Dry Ice that’s needed for making comets in the Cool Comets demonstration. Kevin Conod, the Manager of the Planetarium, will pick that up that morning, on his way in.
It takes months to prepare for one day, but when the museum is filled with families, everyone having a great time, together, it’s worth it. Especially when it has to do with dinosaurs!
Susan Petroulas is the manager of science education at the Newark Museum.
To find out more about events and activities at the Newark Museum, visit newarkmuseum.org.