The Age-Old Fascination of Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs: Thunderlizards is the newest exhibit at The Children’s Museum! It allows visitors to journey through time to see, learn, and explore new things about some of the largest creatures to have ever walked this earth! One of the reasons the museum decided to create a dinosaur exhibit is because kids love dinosaurs— but what is it about dinosaurs that make them so appealing to children? Adventure with us as we unpack this question!
It wouldn’t be unrealistic to turn on the television to a station such as PBS and come across a show featuring dinosaurs. This isn’t a recent trend in children-based entertainment – for years, dinosaurs have been the popular talk among younger generations. The Land Before Time, Ice Age, Barney and Friends, and Disney’s Dinosaur were kid favorites around the turn of the century, introducing even the smallest of children to the concepts of dinosaurs. Backpacks, lunch boxes, notebooks and other back to school supplies feed off dinosaur-themed designs, tailored to children everywhere. Similarly, toy sets, games, and puzzles also capitalize on these prehistoric animals and stories.
Recently, television shows like Dinosaur Train and animated movies like The Good Dinosaur have continued to keep the dinosaur tradition alive among children. Despite the obvious appeal to kids, even adults have chimed in to the dinosaur fandom with the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World movies series, which has made over a billion dollars worldwide.
Almost everyone knows what a T-REX is and that a pterodactyl is the dinosaur that can fly. This “common knowledge” is normally acquired at a young age, and Kelli Chen, a pediatric psychiatric occupational therapist states, “Asking questions, finding answers, and gaining expertise is the learning process in general.” In other words, if children are interested in dinosaurs, they are going to find out as much as they can about them. Writer for The Guardian, Brian Switek also chimes in as to why dinosaurs hold a special place in the hearts of children, claiming that they pose no threat (because of extinction) and promote curiosity and imagination. Because many children have grown up watching dinosaurs on the screen and imagining them in their minds, a love for these prehistoric creatures has developed over time. One thing is for sure –Dinosaurs are not going to go extinct in the lives of children any time soon!
The next time you are feeling nostalgic, take your children to The Children’s Museum, make your way to Dinosaurs: Thunderlizards, journey through the dino-maze, and explore as much as you can about dinosaurs. Who knows, maybe it will revive an old pastime of yours!
Dinosaurs: Thunder Lizards will be open to visitors until March 1, 2020.
Museum hours and admission:
$12 General Admission
$11 La Habra residents
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