Exhibit Puts Dinosaurs at Kids' Curious Fingertips

By Stuttley, Henry | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), June 12, 2005 | Go to article overview
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Exhibit Puts Dinosaurs at Kids' Curious Fingertips


Stuttley, Henry, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Henry Stuttley Daily Herald Staff Writer

With a 12-foot-long Triceratops puppet towering over her, 2- year-old Alexandra Wicker found herself in a difficult predicament.

Pet it or run?

The North Aurora girl, gazing at the fake creature, reluctantly inched her hand closer, gently tapping it.

After that, Alexandra swiftly drew her hand back.

"You see, he won't bite you," said Vicky Strei, one of two people holding a pole underneath the 50-pound dinosaur.

Dozens of families came out Saturday for Dino Day, a dinosaur exhibit at Yorktown Center in Lombard.

The exhibit from the Field Museum in Chicago also featured a jaw from the museum's Tyrannosaurus rex, Sue, equipment used on an expedition and dioramas known as "experience boxes."

Most of the children flocked to the rubbing display, where they could draw their own dinosaurs.

Also on display were make-believe paleontologists with various fossils from an archaeological dig.

Beside that, a 250-pound, life-size replica of Sue's skull, which weighs about 400 pounds less than the actual one, was on display.

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