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Sink Your Teeth Into Dino Days at the California Academy of Sciences!

Dino Days at California Academy of Sciences

This spring, bring the kiddos to walk with the dinosaurs at the California Academy of Sciences' newest exhibit: Dino Days! On view from March 22 through May 27, 2019, Dino Days allows visitors to the Academy's East Garden to see, hear, and walk among realistic life-size dinosaur models that move and roar, as well as be a paleontologist for the day while digging for dinosaur fossils in one of two sand pits.

We had a chance to check out the exbibit during their media preview this week and it's a lot of fun. The dinosaur models are really impressive and will entrance both young dino enthusiasts and their parents.

Dino Days at California Academy of Sciences

During Dino Days, you can also explore a diverse collection of prehistoric specimens on display throughout the museum, including a dinosaur leg bone, Sauropod coprolite (fossilized poop!), and touchable fossils in the Naturalist Center. Don't forget to visit the Academy's T-Rex skeleton cast at the museum entrance, too.

There will also be interactive dinosaur-themed programming, like a puppet show exploring how fossils are made, daily dance-offs that teach you to move like a pterosaur, and dino-inspired crafts on select dates this spring.

Dino Days at California Academy of Sciences

Dino Days programs include:

Storytelling Through Time
Monday-Friday at 10:15 am, Science Today
Come dive into story time with an ancient twist. Don’t miss this adventure with mysterious creatures from millions of years ago.

True Pterosaur
Daily at 11 am, March 23–April 7, Piazza
Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am, April 13-June 9, Piazza
Can you dance like a pterosaur? Join us for this interactive skit in which you help a scientist and a video director character create a pretend "music video" that reveals the true nature of pterosaurs.

Dino Face Painting
March 23–24, 29–31 and April 1 from 11 am–2 pm, East Garden
Become a dinosaur! Have your face painted as an ancient reptile and then join a costume parade around the Academy.

Children’s Puppet Theater: How a Fossil is Made
Daily at 12:30 pm, East Garden
Learn what it takes to become a fossil in this interactive puppet show for all ages!

For more information on Dino Days, and a full schedule of programs, visit

Dino Days at California Academy of Sciences

If You Go

The Cal Academy is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.

Tickets are $35.95 for adults; $30.95 for seniors 65+, students, and youth 12–17; $25.95 for children ages 4–11; and free for children 3 and under. You can buy your tickets online in advance. You can also check out a family pass, good for one adult and one youth, from the Marin County Free Library.

To get there, take 101 south across the Golden Gate Bridge, then take the 19th Avenue exit onto Park Presidio Boulevard. Follow Park Presidio to Cabrillo Street. Turn right on Cabrillo, right again on 14th Avenue, and then right again on Balboa Street and cross Park Presidio. (No left turns are allowed on Park Presidio. Turn right on 10th Avenue into the Music Concourse Parking Garage or right on 8th Avenue to drive into Golden Gate Park.

Parking, especially on weekends (John F. Kennedy Drive is closed to vehicular traffic every Sunday), can be a challenge. Street parking on John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drives is limited to 3 or 4 hours (make sure you check the signs). Golden Gate Park's Music Concourse garage is a good option, but it can fill up early on busy weekends. Alternate parking sites and more information can be found on the Academy's website.

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