Got a T-Rex fan in your house? Head over to the Long Island Children’s Museum to see the new exhibit, Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice. The exhibit was created by the Minnesota Children’s Museum and is the first child-centered dinosaur exhibit in the country. I took the kids last weekend to the LICM – I was curious to see how the toddler-friendly museum would be able to incorporate a dinosaur exhibit. My kids had a blast and even Mom got to learn a thing or two! We Checked Out the New Dinosaur Exhibit at the Long Island Children’s Museum
The exhibit takes you back to the Cretaceous period (145-65 million years ago). It features two types of environments: a land of fire, with volcanos and hot lava, and a land of ice, in Alaska.
T-Rec and Triceratops lived in the warmer climate.
Here’s the Troodon, who lived in cold climates:
My youngest had a blast dressing up as an insect:
The kids had fun uncovering fossils:
The exhibit is appropriate for kids ages 3-10. My 11-year-old loved it as well! Here she is with the Edmontosaurus, who lived in cold climates:
We learned that dinosaurs did indeed live in Alaska, but the climate at the time was probably close to Minnesota’s current climate. Researchers believe that dinosaurs who lived in Alaska at the time likely migrated south during the cold months or adapted to the cold weather by either slowing down their metabolism, thus requiring less food, or by being warm-blooded like the mammals and birds that live in polar environments today.
I was surprised to learn about the Western Interior Seaway that existed during the Cretaceous time and split North America into two.
My kids had fun exploring other exhibits at LICM. Click here to read a previous review of LICM.
Take advantage of the cold winter months to visit the LICM – be sure to check out the dinosaur exhibit, which is closing May 13.
LICM is located at 11 Davis Avenue in Garden City. Click here for more info.
I was not compensated for this post. I received complimentary admission.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman writes for Little Spoon and has also written for The Huffington Post. She has been living in the New York City area for seventeen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 11, 8 and 5) and loves finding great products for her family.