Dinos ready for vacation

Museum offers $1 admissions for low-income families

By Taylor McDonnell

Can you dig it? The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is getting all prehistoric this summer as it celebrates the “summer of the dinosaur.”

From the much-anticipated Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibition making its Texas debut, to summer discounts and extended hours, to all-new dinosaur-themed exhibits, programs, events, films, camps and activities, the Perot Museum is sure to be a dino-mite destination for all ages this summer.

Funky frills? Check. Crazy claws? Check. Enormous dinosaurs that would have terrified T. rex? Check, check, check.

Opening June 23, Ultimate Dinosaurs will put guests eye to eye with 20 exotic dinosaur species from the other side of the world, with cutting-edge technology that will “transport” them to prehistoric times.

Not the typical T. rex and Triceratops that most know, these unique dinosaurs were fierce with gigantic skulls, crocodile-like faces and exotic features. Highlights will include full-sized skeletons, plus life-sized video projections of the creatures, interactive games, augmented-reality viewers and much more.

And to provide greater access to lower-income families, the Community Partners Ticket Program returns this summer offering $1 general admission for guests who qualify based on need and $1 admission to Ultimate Dinosaurs.

Plus, active-duty members and veterans of the United States military, law enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics/EMTs can enjoy free general admission and discounted admission for family members through Labor Day. Pre-K through 12th grade educators from Texas and adjoining states enjoy complimentary admission year-round.

The “summer of the dinosaur” has activities including summertime sand slime, erupting watermelons, shark dissections and more; patriotic discovery bottles, hurricane exploration and art activities in the Moody Family Children’s Museum; plus extended summer hours through Sept. 3.

For more information about the discounts and exhibits, visit perotmuseum.org.

Photo courtesy of the Perot

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