Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Scarier than ghosts and goblins?

The Halloween Celebration at Dinosaur State Park

Not really.

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and Friends of Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum will hold a Halloween celebration, actually fit for the entire family, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 31 at Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill.

The day will feature a wide variety of programs for families, the DEP said in a statement.
Activities will include:

At 1 p.m. “Jeepers Creepers!” – Riverside Reptiles will present a 45-minute program featuring snakes, spiders and other creatures. Space is limited to 100 visitors. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the show.
At 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. - Meet the park’s animals.
At 11:30 a.m. Track Talk – Learn about the dinosaur tracks found at the park.
From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Arts & Crafts station will be open.
Three different films will be shown throughout the day.
Participants are invited to come in costume and have their face painted, the statement said.
Treats (non-edible) will be available for everyone, the statement said.
"Visitors can view 600 early Jurassic dinosaur footprints under the dome along with museum exhibits. The park has a Discovery room that features a small live animal collection, coloring and book-mark making stations, puzzles, puppets and fossil and mineral collections that visitors can touch and examine," the statement said.

The park also has a bookshop that has a wide variety of unique items for sale. There are 2 ½ miles of outdoor hiking trails.

The museum will be open for regular operating hours of 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All special programs are included with admission. The admission fee to enter the museum is $6 for adults (age 13 and up) and $2 for youth (ages 6-12). Children under 6 are admitted free.

For more information, call the park at (860) 529-5816 or visit www.ct.gov/dep/dinosaurstatepark

The park is located on 400 West Street in Rocky Hill one miles east of exit 23 off Interstate 91. Friends of Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum is a private, not-for-profit group, dedicated to promoting education about paleontology and Connecticut geology, the statement said. For more information contact Meg Enkler at (860) 529-5816.

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