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What to do in Oklahoma on Feb. 2, 2014: Discover the Dinosaurs at the Cox Convention Center

by Brandy McDonnell Published: February 2, 2014
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Today’s featured event:

Check out Discover the Dinosaurs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Cox Convention Center in downtown.

The goal of Discover the Dinosaurs is to create a fun environment of learning and activity that explores the wonderment and mystery of our prehistoric past.

The exhibit consists of eight to 10 scenes. Each scene represents dinosaurs from a period of time that best reflects when the dinosaurs lived. The scenes engage you with sight, sound, and motion by using special lighting, sound effects, animatronics, and fog. The backdrops, rocks, flooring, and plant materials are designed to bring you back in time to a landscape where dinosaurs may have lived. Many of the non-moving dinosaurs are positioned safely throughout the exhibit, so you can touch and feel them. This is encouraged and a cornerstone of the Discover the Dinosaurs experience. Be sure to pickup a map/scavenger hunt sheet at the entrance to the exhibit. The map will guide you through the exhibit and the scavenger hunt will ask you to answer questions about each scene. Kids, once you complete the scavenger hunt, spin the wheel. You have earned a prize!

Additional attractions:

Dino Dig: A fun way to experience being a Jr. Paleontologist, guests can brush away sand to reveal dinosaur fossils beneath.

Dino Theater: Guests can watch both educational and entertaining movies on our dinosaur-sized screen.

Dino Den: Dinosaurs designed just for our youngest guests to sit on, hug, and touch. More than 10 whimsical and colorful dinosaurs that are just their size!

Dinosaur Rides: Ride on the back of a T-Rex or Triceratops! Hop in the saddle on top of one of these animatronic dinosaurs. They’re not too scary, but a once in a lifetime opportunity and an excellent place to take a photo.

Inflatables: Jump, slide, play, and have a blast in one of our several dinosaur themed inflatables. Note height restrictions and limits are in place ensuring that all our guests have a fun and safe experience.

Gem and Fossil Panning: Guests can purchase bags of mining rough and step up to the sluice and shake it out, panning in the running water to reveal the gems and fossils. Guests can also explore the mine with a headlamp-equipped hardhat to find hidden rocks, gems, and fossils located in the dark mineshaft.

Mini Golf: Our mini golf course contains facts about dinosaurs at each hole. Whether you get a hole in one, par, or bogey, you’ll learn about dinosaurs and have fun at every turn.

Dino Face painting: Our professional face painters offer simple dinosaur designs to full-face painting for purchase. Our dinosaur designs are fun; leaving smiles and a memorable impression that goes home with you.

For more information, go to www.coxconventioncenter.com.

For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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