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Museum Note

Dinosaurs, Monkeys and Yellow Hats, Oh My!

July 01, 2008
Generations of children have followed Curious George™ on his many misadventures with his best friend, the Man in the Yellow Hat. Now children can see the inquisitive monkey swing from the books to life in Lilly Theater's original show "Curious George's Dinosaur Discovery."

The play, written by Catherine Hapka, is an adaptation of the book by Margaret and H.A. Rey. The show, put together by The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, is in two parts lasting a total of 40 minutes. The creators wanted to do more than just tell the story—they wanted to incorporate other elements.

In the first part, children will follow Curious George to one of his favorite places, the dinosaur museum. Much to his surprise Curious George won't be visiting his favorite dinosaur exhibit; he will be helping uncover fossils with his favorite companion. Follow Curious George and learn how paleontologists search for and uncover fossils. Who knows … maybe everyone's favorite primate will make a discovery all his own.

In the second part of the show, experts from Dinosphere® will tell what it is really like on a dinosaur dig. The presentation will help children learn about the extraordinary work that goes into the paleontology that takes place right in the museum. The presentation also spotlights the opportunities children have to become junior paleontologists in the museum's Dinosphere exhibit. "Paleontology is really a dream job for kids," says Josh Estes, Dinosphere director. "This is an opportunity for kids to understand that the dream job can be real life."

Dinosaurs are no longer confined to the pages of fiction books. Fossils can be seen and uncovered in Dinosphere, where children can experience the Cretaceous period with sounds, smells and various dinosaurs to observe. Families can even explore the world of dino-art, with a full dinosaur art exhibit in Dinosphere.

"This is a very entertaining and engaging show," says Gary DeMumbrum, theater manager for The Children's Museum. "Children will learn about friendship, they will learn about the museum and they will learn a lot about dinosaur digs."

Dates for the show are Tuesday through Sunday, July 5 through Aug. 10 at 1 and 3 p.m. There is an ASL performance on July 26 at 1 p.m. The show is free with museum admission. Members may reserve tickets in advance by visiting ChildrensMuseum.org or calling 317-334-4000. Curious George's Dinosaur Discovery is appearing in conjunction with the Curious George: Let's Get Curious! exhibit at the museum though Aug. 3.

Olivia Sellkeis a public relations intern at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

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