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Academy of Natural Sciences offers dinosaur era family fun

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STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN 
bbingaman@thereporteronline.com
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Rarely-displayed dinosaur era artifacts found in central Pennsylvania are among the treats in store for Paleopalooza, a weekend festival at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
Ha ha, Paleopalooza — that’s a good one. What else is happening?
Scheduled for Feb. 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, events include paleo-illustrator Jason Poole, live animal shows, family fossil digging, appearances by Buddy the T-rex from the TV show “Dinosaur Train!” and the academy’s mascot Eddie the T. rex, live music by The Diggity Dudes band, guided tours of Dinosaur Hall, crafts and more.
Live animal shows?
“So You Want to be a Paleontologist?” starts at 11 a.m., and “Snakes Alive!” is at 1 p.m. “Old Bones, New Technologies” is led by Drexel University professor Kenneth Lacovara, who discovered Dreadnoughtus, at 2:30 p.m., and “Birds of a Feather” is presented at 3:30 p.m. Note that this is also opening weekend of “Titanoboa: Monster Snake,” an exhibit at the academy about the largest snake that ever lived.
Where is the Academy of Natural Sciences?
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia.
How much is it to get in?
Admission is $15.95; $13.95 for children 3-12, seniors, students and military personnel; free for members and children under 3.
Where can I go for more information?
Visit www.ansp.org or you can call (215) 299-1000.

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