Martinsville, VA-- It was a packed house on Saturday at the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville. Folks of all sizes came out for the Dino Day Festival.
It was a day dedicated to all things dinosaurs. Hundreds of visitors were able to see two brand new dinosaur exhibits which included pieces from Ohio and North Carolina. They also had several dinosaur themed games, activities, crafts, and presentations. It's safe to say, there wasn't a dull moment.
"The most accurate description of our exhibits that I heard today was wow, this is cool," Executive Director of Virginia Museum of Natural History, Joe Keiper said.
And that's exactly what children were saying as they made their way through the museum with their family.
Dino Day brought life-size cast skeletons, real fossil bones, and even a maze to the museum, special displays that you can't normally see there.
"Our son loves science so we wanted to come down today and show him some of the fossils that aren't normally here," visitor Marcy Disanto said. "I grew up just really loving dinosaurs, being very interested, so it's great to be able to come here and share that with my son."
"For the first time ever, we have opened up a dinosaur maze, this was made by our staff, and so this a 1,000 square foot maze that kids can go navigate through , and at every wrong turn they have these great dinosaur activities," Keiper said.
Keiper said Dino Day is a time where children can learn a lot about science, broaden their imagination, and have lots of fun.
"I love dinosaurs and I like to see the past," visitor Zane Wingborne said.
"When you're a kid, what is one of the biggest topics in your life when you're going into school, and it's learning about the dinosaurs, T-rex, and stegosaurus," Keiper said. "Dinosaurs capture people's imaginations. It makes them want to learn more about the world around them. So starting with earth's past and the wonderful just great big creatures of that time period, just gets people excited about science."
If you couldn't make it out to the Dino Day Festival, you still have plenty of time to view the new dinosaur exhibits. The museum will have them on display until August 23rd.