Area children will soon have an opportunity to interact with Dino Days skeletons on display at the Sherman Museum. Dino Academy will be held Tuesday through Thursday.
The cost is $45 per child. Tuesday and Wednesday classes will be held in two sessions. The morning class will meet 9:30 a.m. to noon on both days and the afternoon class will be held from 1-3:30 p.m. on both days. For the children who can sit through both sessions on one day, a class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
“Primarily, we will be talking about ice age animals rather than dinosaurs,” Museum Director Dan Steelman said. “We will be discussing animals that children today will recognize. It is interesting because many scientists believe that the megafauna extinction from this time was the beginning of the mass extinction still going on today so we will be discussing that.”
Classes are limited to 10 children. Last year, every class was filled.
“It is a small-group session,” Steelman said. “We have built a lot of fossil casts to share with the children. When you come to the museum and get a tour, you get to see the main part of the exhibit, but with this, it’s hands on. The average museum visitor does not get this kind of experience.”
The program activities include a hands-on guided tour of the “Welcome to the ice age” Dino Days exhibit, presentations teaching students about dinosaurs and the ice age, showings of related videos and movies, games, and other interactive activities.
There will also be arts and crafts sessions where students can make their own handprint fossils and sidewalk chalk drawings. Austin College interns will be putting on the workshop.
“It is great for children to be involved and have this type of opportunity for the summer,” Austin College intern Taylor Spurgin said. “Schools do not go as in depth with this information. We will be teaching about the past and the animals that could have possibly lived in this area.”
All students will receive a Dino Academy shirt and an academy diploma upon completion of the program.
To make class reservations, call 903-893-7623.