Family Programs | ROMkids Weekends

Early Life Weekend, May 4 & 5, 2013

A sneak peek at the Burgess Shale inspired puppets we'll be making this weekend!

Palaeontology is about more than just Tyrannosaurus rex, and the Woolly Mammoth. Join us as we explore the world BEFORE the dinosaurs when life first evolved! From Anomalocaris, the original beast of the sea, to the thriving and diverse arthropods that broke to the surface, learn how life first developed deep in our oceans and expanded to thrive in every environment on Earth. Get up close with stunning fossils from the Burgess Shale, one of the greatest fossil sites in the world, make your own Cambrian inspired hand puppet, and get a first look at the ROM's next big gallery, Early Life!

  • Our blog on the upcoming Gallery of Early Life, the Burgess Shale, and why we're so excited for Early Life Weekend HERE!
  • Check out our behind the scenes tour of the Royal Ontario Museum's Invertabrate Palaeontology collections HERE!

Program Schedule

11 am - 3 pm

Currelly Gallery, Level 1

Prehistoric Activity Zone
Make your own Burgess Shale puppet to take home, take part in our dinosaur mural, help us with our prehistoric puzzles, dress up like a dinosaur and more!

Meet the Palaeontologist
Speak to ROM palaeontologists and find out about their research!

Cédric Aria

Lorna O'Brien

Early Life Touch Table
Get up close fossils hundreds of millions of years old with a sneak peek of our upcoming Early Life Gallery.

Education Classroom 3, Level 1

Dino Lounge
Relax in our Dinosaur Lounge with some of our favourite episodes of Dino Dan and quiet activities.

Digital Gallery, Level 1

David Attenbourgh's First Life: Award winning documentary on the evolution of life on Earth, hosted by Sir David Attenbourgh!
Continuous showings from 11 am to 3 pm

Dinosaur Gallery, Level 2

Dinosaur and Ice Age Touch Tables
Handle real fossils specimens from our paleontology vaults.

AFCY: Emerging Youth Artist Residency at the ROM

  • Take a look at what our Prehistoric Weekend looked like last year HERE!
  • Learn more about the Burgess Shale, one of the greatest fossils sites in the world, HERE!


  • Saturday, May 4, 2013
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sunday, May 5, 2013
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm


Royal Ontario Museum
Currelly Gallery, Level 1
Education Classrooms, Level 1
Dino Gallery, Level 2

Bloor Street (main entrance)