Dino Safari: A Prehistoric Adventure

The Schiele Museum of Natural History

November 20, 2017 - December 31, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era-the Age of Dinosaurs.  See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time forgot. Observe predators stalking an armored Stegosaurus and her calf, get eye-to-eye with a 15 foot tall Brachiosaurus, and stand in the path of a charging Triceratops.  See dinosaurs fossil specimens, enjoy hands-on exploration in the Dino Safari...

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Wee Sprouts

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

November 20, 2017 - November 20, 2017 @ 11:15 AM

This event occurs every 2 week(s) on Monday.

Even the youngest children in the family can enjoy sensory exploration and fun with activities and songs in the garden.

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Holidays at the Garden

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

November 20, 2017 - December 31, 2017 @ 5:00 PM

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is turned into a winter wonderland. Over 600,000 lights will decorate the space with sparkling fountains and twinkling trees. Also enjoy live music, shopping, food, fires, and a model train display. Carriage rides are available Thurs.-Sun. for an additional cost. 

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Pirates Lair

The Schiele Museum of Natural History

November 20, 2017 - December 31, 2017

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard our miniature pirate ship, the Adventure, at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at their own pace with engaging activities and colorful characters that bring the Caribbean pirate experience to life. Open daily and weekends. 

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Daily Planetarium Shows at Discovery Place Nature

Discovery Place Nature

November 20, 2017 - December 31, 2017

This event occurs daily, every weekday.

Explore the moon, stars and beyond in the new planetarium. Housed in the museum's original Charlotte A. Kelly Planetarium, the dome has been retrofitted with a new Digitarium Zeta planetarium system, with bench and floor seating around the dome.  The daily schedule will include a mix of multimedia shows and seasonal star shows. Multimedia shows are full-dome video adventures...

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Year of the Engineer

Discovery Place Science

November 20, 2017 - September 3, 2018

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the premiere of Dream Big: Engineering Our World in the IMAX Dome Theatre. 

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Da Vinci’s Machines

Discovery Place Science

November 20, 2017 - May 6, 2018

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

This exhibit explores Da Vinci's engineering genius. Though he is mostly known for his art, Da Vinci was a creator in more than one way. He designed machines such as the assault tank, submarine, parachute, scuba diving tank and even a robot. This interactive exhibit features 75 machines and will allow your family to try some.

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