Jurassic Summer roars into TJC science center, Discovery Science Place

Jul 17, 2013 by

Dinosaurs are spending their summer vacation in Tyler.

The Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC and Discovery Science Place are collaborating for Jurassic Summer, which offers three dinosaur adventures at the two venues for one ticket price.

Jurassic Summer runs through Sunday, Sept. 1.

Jurassic Summer runs through Sunday, Sept. 1, at the Center for Earth and Space Science Education at TJC and Discovery Science Place. For tickets please go to www.jurassicsummer.com.

Jurassic Summer runs through Sunday, Sept. 1, at the Center for Earth and Space Science Education at TJC and Discovery Science Place. For tickets please go to www.jurassicsummer.com.

Combination tickets, which include entry into Discovery Science Place as well as TJC’s Center for Earth & Space Science Education exhibit and domed theater show, are $12 for adults and $8 for children. Tickets can be purchased at either location or online at www.jurassicsummer.com.

The Center for Earth & Space Science Education is located at 1411 E. Lake St., on the TJC main campus. Hours are 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, closed Mondays. Call
903-510-2312 for more information.

Discovery Science Place is located at 308 N. Broadway Ave. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Call 903-533-8011 for more information.

“Merging our summer dinosaur exhibits into one, giant event was too big of an opportunity for us to pass up,” said Dr. Tom Hooten, director of the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC. “This is the first of what we hope will be many collaborative efforts between TJC’s science center and Discovery Science Place.”

At the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC, visitors can enjoy two dinosaur adventures.

First, “Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World” will immerse viewers – via a 40-foot, domed theater show – to the fathoms below for a swim alongside marine reptiles that have been extinct for millions of years.

“Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World” is presented by Austin Bank.

In the TJC science center exhibit hall, visitors can experience “Origins: The Dawn of Dinosaurs,” which houses life-size dinosaur models, their mammal-like prey, original fossil wood and volcanic ash. Visitors can explore radiometric dating, evidence of the ancient environment, and clues to the Triassic climate.

“Origins: The Dawn of Dinosaurs” is presented by Eubanks Harris Roberts Craig Architects Inc., and Henry & Peters PC.

Across town, Discovery Science Place will host “Age of the Dinosaur” a 2,500-square-foot exhibit featuring animatronic, prehistoric creatures with life-like features and movements.

This exhibit is a nod to Discovery Science Place’s grand opening 20 years ago, when dinosaurs were also the featured attraction. As part of this traveling exhibit, guests can experience dinosaurs up close. Designers worked closely with some of the nation’s most prominent paleontologists and developed these creatures to be as scientifically accurate as possible.

“The creatures in ‘Age of the Dinosaur’ are incredible,” said Phil Lindsey, CEO of Discovery Science Place. “Twenty years ago, when Discovery Science Place first opened its doors, it did so with giant dinosaurs. We are excited to have them back for this momentous anniversary.”

Media sponsors are CBS 19 and Suddenlink Communications.


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Elise Mullinix is Tyler Junior College's Editorial Manager. She can be reached at 903-510-2370 or at emul2@tjc.edu.