Last updated on November 20, 2019 at 11:21 am
Plymouth Rock in New Jersey asks: What if you could travel back in time to see the T-Rex without the added stress of being eaten? Well, you can at Field Station: Dinosaurs in Secaucus, New Jersey! This awesome place marries science, art, and education to create something out of this world. At the base of a 150 million-year-old rock formation, Field Station contains over 30 life-sized realistic dinosaurs complete with animatronics. One of these dinosaurs is the largest animatronic dinosaur ever made, at 90 feet long! But there’s more than just dinosaurs at Field Station. The 20 acres features woods with pathways and mountain trails, plus informative group discussions along the way. Scientists hailing from the New Jersey State Museum work to ensure that this exhibit features the latest theories and discoveries in the fields of geology, environmental studies, and paleontology. There are also workshops, activities, and games that bridge the gap between the dinosaurs of yesterday and our world of today. Here are some shows, workshops, and games currently running at Field Station: Shows The “Dino Whodunit” show tackles the great mystery of what really killed the dinosaurs. With a mighty T-Rex as the star witness, everyone unearths clues and cross-examines witnesses. It’s an entertaining and educational introduction to the theories of dinosaur extinction. Also featured is the “Dragons to Dinosaurs” show that includes music, puppetry, and a closer look at the roots of paleontology. You may be surprised by what you learn! Workshops The “Avian Dinosaurs” workshop lets you travel back in time to visit some of history’s most famous scientists at the moments of their greatest discoveries. “Found in New Jersey” is another great workshop that lets you touch actual dinosaur fossils and even judge a dinosaur beauty pageant (Miss America, eat your heart out)! Games “Mesozoic Concentration” is a fast-paced game of mixing and matching and lets kids learn what it really takes to be a paleontologist. As a fan of “Family Feud,” I’m really excited about “Raptor Feud.” Team up with paleontologists and show off your dinosaur knowledge! Field Station also has a 3D movie, fossil dig site, and the T-Rex Games (an Olympics-style competition). Looking for a trip that’s educational and fun for the whole family? This place really does have it all. I can’t wait to go and see these great giants in person. Have you been there already? Which dinosaur was your favorite? We’d love to hear all about it!