Field Station: Dinosaurs is a 20-acre outdoor Jurassic expedition in Secaucus, NJ where explorers come face-to-face with a living, breathing 15-foot Mighty T-Rex, wander among 32 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, feed the baby Hadrosaurs, participate in dozens of scientific shows and games, and see Dinosaurs Alive!, a new 3D movie. To purchase passes go to www.fieldstationdinosaurs.com or call 855.999.9010. Click here for photos.
In addition to regularly scheduled programming, Field Station: Dinosaurs presents:
Balloon Weekend (Sat. and Sun. June 22 and 23):
It’s a festival of balloons at the Field Station! Six-time world champion balloon artist, Mark Verge, will build a life-size T-Rex balloon sculpture, last season’s hit show “Dinosaur Balloons from Around the World” returns, and hot-air balloon demonstrations are featured. Plus a handful of lucky guests will win a tethered ride in the famous RE/MAX balloon (weather permitting).
Dozin’ with Dinos (Sat. July 13 and Sat. Aug. 10)
This overnight adventure is the ultimate cretaceous campout. Explore the lantern-lit dinosaur trails, see Dinosaurs Alive! 3D, share s’mores and songs by the campfire with the Dinosaur Troubadour, sleep under the stars and awake to a spectacular New York City skyline sunrise. A healthy breakfast is courtesy of Whole Foods Market, Paramus.
The Field Station celebrates museums and showcases the best in the tri-state area. Check the park’s website for the most current list of participating museums. Children are invited to bring their own dinosaur toy, picture, or “artifact,” and have it cataloged and displayed at the Field Station’s first Kid Museum.
LaQ DinoTrux Weekend (Sat and Sun., Aug. 3 and 4)
What’s the best combo since peas and carrots? Dinosaurs and trucks! They’re both big and loud–and on display at Field Station–from Compsognathus to Ford F-150 and everything in between. LaQ expert builders are on hand to help kids create an enormous dinosaur using LaQ, the hottest new kids’ construction system. Visitors with Commander’s Passes can hear the park’s rendition of Chris Gall’s DinoTrux.
National S’mores Day (Sat., Aug. 10):
Enjoy s’mores by the campfire while singing along to fireside tunes from the Dinosaur Troubadour.
Kids get step-by-step instructions on how to draw dinosaurs and help create a colossal mural. Young explorers get their hands dirty while learning what it means to be a dig site sketcher.
Movie Day (and Night) (Sat., Aug. 24):
Dinosaurs have been the subjects of movies since the art form began. Explore the cinema with an in-depth movie workshop that includes making claymation dinosaur movies! Stay the day then see the biggest dinosaur movie of all time, Jurassic Park, sponsored by the City of Secaucus. The movie is free but space is limited.
Careers in Science Day (Sat., Sept. 7):
Field Station celebrates its hero, the scientist, every day, and especially this day, by welcoming scientists of all types to talk about their work. Whether you’ve an eye toward a scientific future or just a healthy curiosity, this is the weekend for you.
Dinosaurs after Dark (all Saturday nights beginning Sept 7)
Explore the dark woods and haunted trails of Snake Hill. Flashlight tours, spooky stories, and the Dinosaur Dance Party are just part of the nighttime adventure that’s back by popular demand.
Join renowned puppeteer Noel MacNeal (Bear of Bear in the Big Blue House) and other Field Station puppeteers for a weekend behind the scenes. Explore puppet making, puppeteering, and Field Station’s own dinosaur puppets.
Scout Day (Sat., Sept. 21):
Bugs, lizards and birds are the stars on Scout Day. Kids learn from the experts about weather, mapping, and camping. They will even learn how to bake cookies in a cardboard box oven. Scouts in uniform will receive a 10 percent discount, and participating scouts will earn a Field Station: Dinosaurs commemorative patch.
Hudson County Day (Sat., Sept. 28):
Hudson County residents with a photo ID will receive a 10 percent discount on day passes purchased for Sat., Sept. 28
About Field Station: Dinosaurs
Field Station: Dinosaurs is a world-class family attraction that combines cutting-edge science with the creative minds of great artists and teachers to create a one-of-kind experience that’s thrilling, educational and fun.
Set against the breathtaking natural backdrop of the New Jersey Meadowlands and nestled at the base of a 150 million year old rock formation, the Field Station is an oasis of natural wonder just nine minutes from New York City. Over thirty life-sized, realistic dinosaurs (including the ninety foot long Argentinosaurus) come to life thanks to the brilliant engineering of the world’s leading roboticists and the imagination of our artists.
The story of the dinosaurs is vividly presented on twenty acres of wild, unpredictable woods, mysterious pathways, and mountain trails. Scientists from the New Jersey State Museum have worked to ensure that the exhibition encompasses the latest theories and discoveries in the fields of paleontology, geology, and environmental studies. Workshops, games and activities connect the story of the dinosaurs to our world today, giving new relevance to their lives and power to the tale of their extinction.
And at the center of it all is the fun, the joy and the wonder of dinosaurs. Our expedition takes every family on a shared adventure – full of mystery, surprise and a sense of awe.
Buy an Explorer’s Pass including entry to the park and the Dinosaurs Alive! 3D movie in advance and save at www.fieldstationdinosaurs.com or 855.999.9010. Ticket prices on-line and by phone are $23 for adults and $20.50 for kids (12 & under) and seniors (must be bought at least one day in advance). Tickets at the box office are $28 for adults and $23 for kids (12 & under) and seniors. Children two years old and under are free.
New this year is Dinosaurs Alive! a 3D movie that takes visitors to the deserts of Mongolia and New Mexico on an expedition of discovery in 3D. Find fossils and uncover scientifically accurate computer-generated dinosaurs as they come to life on the giant screen.
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