SoCal’s beloved Dino Hall turns 10 – NBC Los Angeles


What there is to know

  • Dino Fest takes place in person on September 26 at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (there is a virtual event on September 25)
  • Museum’s Dinosaur Hall to Celebrate 10th Anniversary in Event-packed Festival
  • Advance tickets are required for the September 26 event

A decade?

It can seem like a long time to go through, especially when you’re a kid.

But many young people begin to learn about the nature of time, the rhythm of history, and various ancient eras when they begin to love dinosaurs.

For finding out that these mega beasts once lived where we live, long before any of us were ever here? Call it an early, deep lesson in how we also understand the passage of years, centuries, and millennia.

So surely your kid who digs dinosaurs, and everything about T. Rex, and all the science related to saurus, will understand this: one of the oldest spaces in our city, the famous Dinosaur Hall at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, marks its first decade.

And what better way to celebrate ten years of titan and big teeth than with a fascinating festival? This is exactly what will happily happen on Sunday September 26 when Dino Fest steps into the museum in the exhibition center.

As with the holidays of yesteryear, this Dino Fest will feature a host of paleontologists, professionals who know all about the colossal creatures that roamed our planet millions of years ago.

Gina Cholick

Also look for hands-on events, the kind of roll-up activities that help budding paleontologists delve deeper into the world of dinosaur-related entertainment.

Activities are free with your entry to the Natural History Museum, but you’ll need to book this ticket in advance, before you stomp, stomp, stomp for the world-famous institution.

But slow your pace for a moment: if you’re looking for home fun, paleo-style entertainment, Dino Fest will go virtual on Saturday, September 25.

And here’s something as nifty as a brontosaurus is big: Another ancient animal, which still exists today, will be in the museum’s spotlight from September 26.

It’s arachnids we’re talking about here, another group of amazing earthlings who can trace their family tree back millions of years. If you’re intrigued by the eight-legged wonders and all the important roles they play in the ecosystem, head to the Spider Pavilion, which will open just outside the Natural History Museum on September 26.

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