Family Programs

Discovery Corners: Dinosaurs

Digging for Tricertatops. Derek Larson with the brown hat on the right. Photo: David Evans.

Meet Derek Larson who recently returned from excavating a Triceratops site in Harding County, South Dakota! Derek will be talking about dinosaurs, his work as a palaeontologist, and even have out a few special specimens from our collections. In celebration of the Museum's recent field work in South Dakota we'll also make a Ceratopsian themed creation!

A skeleton diagram of a Triceratops. Drawing by Danielle Dufault (@MesozoicMuse)

Included with Museum Admission. Activities 11 am - 3 pm.
All activities take place in the Dinosaur Gallery, Level 2, unless otherwise noted.

Special Guests!
Derek Larson
ROM Palaeontologist Derek Larson 
will be out with some hands-on specimens from our collections and will be available to talk about his field work this past summer, his life as a palaeontologist and the amazing animals we all know as dinosaurs.

Derek Larson in the field. Photo credit:  Robin Sissons.

  • Derek Larson has been fascinated by dinosaurs from a young age. Raised in the prairies of Saskatchewan, he grew up loving the badlands and the fossils that could be found there. As long as he can remember, he has wanted to be a palaeontologist. After getting Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the University of Alberta, he came to the University of Toronto and the ROM to acquire his PhD. Derek specializes on theropod (meat-eating) dinosaurs, their teeth, and their specific diets. He also studies living monitor lizards to understand how the shape of teeth controls the diet of these meat-eating lizards. 
  • With colleagues at the ROM and elsewhere, he has helped name a new fossil turtle species and two new species of dinosaurs, including the dinosaur Acheroraptor temertyorum.
  • Derek's work with Phil Currie on the increased abundance of small meat eating dinosaurs through the analysis of teeth in the Dinosaur Park Formation was featured on CBC's Quirks & Quarks. You can hear his interview with host Bob McDonald HERE.
  • Follow Derek (@thereal_dlarson) and the rest of ROM Palaeontology (@ROMPalaeo) on Twitter!

Family Activities!
Make a wax dinosaur relief.
Wax Dinosaur Reliefs

The main thing that we have left behind from dinosaurs are their bones which fossilize over millions of years. Our Museum has one of the best collections of fossils in the Canada. Use the dinosaur skeletons on display as inspiration for your own water colour art piece!

Early Learners Lounge (Classroom 3, Level 1)
The Early Learners Lounge is an under 5 family lounge that provides a quiet space for families to rest, nurse, change diapers and play. This week we will also be show casing select episodes of Dino Dan!

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Included with Museum Admission. Activities 11 am - 3 pm

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