The George S. Eccles Dinosaur park is a hidden gem along Ogden’s River Parkway. Before I had ever ventured into the museum I remember I had biked past it, almost crashing when I saw a T-Rex peeking out at me from behind the gate. After the first shock, stopping to say hello to dinos became a favorite activity for us during our biking adventures. On my most recent trip to Dino Park I tagged a long with local mom bloggers, The Salt Project, and I learned some cool new things about this local attraction.
Inside the museum you can find giant replicas of dinosaurs, amazing gems and jewelry from real Utah stones and interactive exhibits. But beyond the normal museum exhibits there are some super fun things to do that you may not have taken advantage of yet. Here are 5 things I picked for rad things to do during your next visit to Dino Park PLUS a super rad giveaway for 4 local families thanks to The Salt Project!
1-Become a Paleontologist Technician
Everyone who works at Dinosaur park is a volunteer, including the paleontologists in the lab! Dino park hosts quarterly training sessions where you can learn how to work in the lab with REAL fossils and artifacts. Experienced lab volunteers work with you through hands on training to help you become a dino pro. Trained volunteers may take part in museum-sponsored digs, specimen preparation projects, and public outreach programs along with their work in the museum lab.
2-Go on a scavenger hunt
Dino Park has these awesome little field guides to help guide you through the park while learning about dinosaurs. When you finished all the activities and found all the hidden gems, you can get a prize from the gift shop! This is a great way to get the kiddos to slow down on the trails and really take a look around to learn in a fun way.
3-Dig for bones
Ok, not real bones, but definitely some real treasures. Outside there is a sand pit with shovels and brushes so the kids can get a feel for what a real scientist might do on site. Inside there is a pit full of treasure that the kids can find and take home. In the Gem Mine you are given 10 minutes to find as many gems and treasures as you can, in the Gold Sleuce you can pan for real gold and in the Geode Splitter you can bust open a rock to see what fantastic treasures lie inside. Prices vary but excitement is free!
4-Have a picnic
You can not bring food into the indoor museum but you can pack your own lunch, or buy something from the café, for the outside picnic area. There are several large patches of grass and picnic tables for you to sit on and a little shade too for those hot summer days. I suggest grabbing a pack of Mormon Muffins from Rainbow Gardens, and don’t forget the honey butter!
5-Play on dinosaurs
Climbing on fossils and sculptures is a big No-No but the Dino Museum knows the temptation is REAL. Outside there are 2 playgrounds to climb, jump and slide on including several dino sculptures and a huge slide tower. There is also a smaller playground that is easy for wobbly toddlers to climb on with a Komodo Dragon sculpture that is just the right size for little legs.
So there you have it, my 5 picks for totally awesome activities to take advantage of at Dino Park. Be sure to try one or all of them out during your next visit!
Check out amazing photos of Dino Park and more on our adventure at http://saltproject.co/.