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Smart, happy kids at March break thanks to dinosaurs, origami – and a brand new book

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Published: 2 Feb 2011

Gorgeous Gorgosaurus and his fossil friends await at McGill’s Redpath Museum

Gorgeous Gorgosaurus and his fossil friends await at McGill’s Redpath Museum

There’s no better place for kids to have fun and expand their minds than a museum. And for March break this year, McGill’s Redpath Museum has a variety of special activities for kids include sitting under the shadow of the nearly 18-foot long (over 5 metres) skeleton of a Gorgosaurus libratus and learning how to make origami dinosaurs with the guidance of English- and French-speaking student guides. (Origami is a great way to help kids be creative and use a variety of cognitive skills, too.)

Amaze your friends and kids with your expert fossil knowledge as you tour Redpath’s three-floor gallery with a copy of the newly published, The Fossil’s Tale. This 96-page book is packed with information and colour photos about the museum’s extensive collection of dinosaurs, fossils, and other specimens that tell the four-and-a-half-billion-year-old story of life on Earth.

WHAT: Dinos and Origami March Break

WHEN: Feb. 28 – March 4, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Museum is open to the public Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.,

and Sunday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Museum is closed Saturdays.

WHERE: McGill Redpath Museum, Dawson Gallery, 2nd floor

McGill University campus, 859 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal

HOW MUCH: $4/adult, $2/child or $10/family

Origami instructions and guidance available in French and English. Gallery guide is presently available in English only.

The Fossil’s Tale can be purchased at the McGill Redpath Museum and the McGill Bookstore for $15, or by contacting sarah [dot] pimpaneau [at] mcgill [dot] ca or by calling 514-398-4086 ext. 00549.

The very knowledgeable and enthusiastic Ingrid Birker, Redpath Museum Science Outreach Administrator is available for interviews and additional information. [Copies of the gallery guide can  be made available for media interested in reviewing or as part of an audience giveaway with an interview]

About the Redpath Museum

The Redpath Museum – Canada’s oldest free-standing museum – functions as a unique interdisciplinary unit within the McGill University’s Faculty of Science. As a Museum it preserves and displays large collections of ancient and modern organisms, minerals, and world culture (ethnological) artefacts. As an academic unit it serves as a centre for the teaching and writing of science, as well as a research centre for the history of life and biodiversity of the planet.

Contact Information

Contact: Tamarah Feder
Organization: Media Relations Office
Email:
Office Phone: 514-398-6754
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