The RSM is hosting its annual ‘Dinovember’ programming over the next month with virtual and interactive activities for all ages during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re lucky in Saskatchewan that we had dinosaurs here, and so we want to celebrate them,” said Rebecca Hay, the museum’s earth science program specialist.
One of the new virtual activities is a ‘Where’s your Dino?’ photo contest.
Families will need to download the Dinos in 3D app in order to scan a card that brings a tiny, animated dinosaur to life on screen.
“You actually use your phone or device and you can get a 3D, little dinosaur and you can put it wherever you want,” Hay said.
“We’re asking you to put them into interesting situations. So our categories that we have for our contest are: hungriest, fiercest and best friends.”
There are three different kinds of 3D dino cards available at the RSM and for download on the museum’s website.
At any time, families can also download the GuidiGO app and take a virtual tour of the CN T. rex gallery, which features Scotty —the world’s largest Tyrannosaurus rex— that once lived in Saskatchewan.
On Nov. 19, the museum is hosting a live paleo lab tour on its Facebook page at 1:30 p.m.
People at home will get a look behind the scenes, learn about a 70-million-year-old fossil plesiosaur and ask the paleo team questions.
“Lots of people think the museum is just displays, but in fact, we do have researchers, including paleontologists, that are studying dinosaurs and fossils right now,” Hay said.
“Going on a tour of that lab is not something that is a normal occurrence, so this is great that this has pushed us beyond our regular boundaries and is allowing something really cool to happen.”
On Nov. 24, paleontologist Dr. W. Scott Persons will take part in a Facebook Live discussion from 4:30-5 p.m. about his new book, Mega-Rex: A Tyrannosaurus Named Scotty.
“This book is about our own dinosaur here in Saskatchewan, Scotty, but it also features some of the scientists that work here at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum,” Hay said.
The RSM is also taking bookings for virtual field trips for Grade 1-3 classes, which include a live video with a museum educator to learn how fossils form, how they are found and how they are studied to learn about Saskatchewan’s past.
The museum is open Friday to Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
All visitors over three years old are required to wear a mask, which are also available for purchase on-site.
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