July 19 2018 10:34 AM

New traveling exhibit runs through Jan.


Lansing families have a chance to see life-like recreations of dinosaurs, real prehistoric fossils and other interactive installations for children at Impression 5’s new exhibit, Amazing Dinosaurs.

“We've been fortunate enough to bring in four large traveling exhibits since we unveiled the Dart Hall of Science in 2016, each one drawing visitors from all over the region. Amazing Dinosaurs will be our fifth traveling exhibit in the space,” said Impression 5 creative communicator Morgan Butts. Talking about Amazing Dinosaurs’ unique nature, Butts said that almost every piece is hands-on.

“What's really exciting about this exhibit is how each piece is so engaging. When you go to a natural history museum, you're going to see amazing fossils and skeletal casts. But in our exhibit, you can touch everything.” said Butts.

The motive of the exhibit was to introduce children to scientific concepts in dynamic and engaging ways, said Laura Zeller, Impression 5 director of communications.

“Fostering a sense of curiosity about the world and a love of learning at a young age is such a critical part of developing problem solving behavior that supports individuals for a lifetime,” said Zeller.

The exhibit will allow visitors of all ages to play and immerse themselves in an experience that creates meaningful connections to science and the world at large.

“Walking into this exhibit, you really feel transported to a different time,” said Butts.

The specifics of Amazing Dinosaurs include digging for hatchlings and adult dinosaur fossils, exploring a dinosaur habitat, and recreating dinosaur tracks by walking with plastic dinosaur feet, said Butts.

“The exhibit is for everyone. Dinosaurs are a universally intriguing topic,” said Zeller.

According to Zeller, the most exciting attraction of the exhibit is the tyrannosaurus footprint, which visitors can use to see how their own feet measure up.

Butts also mentioned the lifelike recreations of popular dinosaurs which she said kids are sure to love.

“Visitors will not only come face-to-face with lifelike recreations of popular dinosaurs, but they will also experience immersive activities that that explore the life of these prehistoric creatures,” said Butts.


Amazing Dinosaurs Exhibit $8.50 - adults & children, $7 - seniors & military

Free for members & children 1 & younger Monday, closed Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 pm. 200 Museum Drive, Lansing www.impression5.org (517) 485-8116