Long before North America was populated by cornfields and cows, dinosaurs roamed the land. A new temporary exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth allows children and adults to explore dinosaur habitats to better understand how these mysterious animals lived.


Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice transports families back to the Cretaceous Period (145 to 65 million years ago), the time when dinosaurs last lived on earth. Children go face-to-face with the prehistoric world and meet dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes.


Created for children age three to ten, the exhibit features two distinct environments and a variety of activities. A Field Research Station allows children to step into the role of paleontologist by uncovering fossils and creating drawings of the dinosaur environment using fossil rubbings and tracings.

The steamy “Land of Fire” connects visitors with the prehistoric home of the Triceratops and T-Rex. Children can circle the land in insect costumes and buzz through a volcano, or work through a swampy bog and identify an ecosystem of animals and plants.

No coat is needed for a trip across the “Land of Ice” where visitors meet two dinosaurs, a Troodon and Edmontosaurus, who made their homes in the cold climate of Alaska. Activities include climbing rocky steps, breezing down an icy slide, and stacking tubes to create a food chain.

Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice is the first child-centered exhibit in the country dedicated to expanding the understanding on dinosaur habitat and range. The exhibit runs through June 4, 2017. The Children’s Museum of Virginia is located at 221 High Street in Portsmouth. For information visit www.ChildrensMuseumVa.com or call 757-393-5258.