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Dinosaurs In Motion to Open at Exploration Place

Dinosaurs In Motion to Open at Exploration Place

Science, art and innovation come together for Exploration Place’s newest national traveling exhibit, Dinosaurs in Motion. Focusing on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics), Dinosaurs in Motion highlights 14 fully interactive, life-size Dinosaur sculptures.

The dinosaurs are the work of artist John Payne, a trained metalsmith. Enchanted by the prehistoric creatures, Payne devoted his life to creating the metal kinetic representations of the dinosaurs. Payne created the sculptures by combining his knowledge of mechanical science and skill in artistic craftsmanship.

The exhibit, which is scheduled to open on Saturday, May 28, allows guests to manipulate the dinosaurs using lever and pulley systems, and even remote controls Guests will also get to make their own prehistoric, recycled creations.

The Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit will enhance the experience of Exploration Place visitors, remaining open during other museum events, offering a new dinosaur birthday party theme, summer camps workshops, adult evening event and more! These events are listed in detail below.


  • Birthday Party, Dino Design, Available Saturday, May 28 - Monday, Sept. 5

Kids ages 4 to 11 will celebrate their special day as they create a dinosaur or flying monster and make it move. Prices vary. Registration required by calling 316.660.0620 or at

  • Live Science Show, Dino Dare, June - August

Guests will delve into how dinosaurs lived day to day, tackle physical challenges and play a round of Dino Trivia. Located in the Kemper Creative Learning Studio. Included in general museum admission, free for members.

  • Riverfest Discount Days, Friday, June 3 - Saturday, June 11

Visitors with Riverfest buttons will receive $5 admission to all Exploration Place exhibits and $2.50 admission to the Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium (per film).

  • Summer Camp, Dinosaurs!, Monday, June 6 - Friday, June 10, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Participants grades 1 - 6 will dig deep into the past as dinosaurs. Kids will also find out how the largest reptiles flew, ran and swam. Member: $125/Nonmember: $140. Registration required by calling 316-660-0620 or

  • Free Members’ Night, Friday, June 17, 5 - 8 p.m.

Exploration Place members will experience the exhibit and be the first to see the new dome theater film Flying Monsters at this free, exclusive, members-only event. Members will save 20% in the Explore Store.

  • Roaring Reptiles Weekend, Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 19, Noon - 5 p.m.

Families will travel back in time all weekend long as they dare to encounter the exhibit and soar the prehistoric skies with the opening of the new Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium film Flying Monsters. Examine dinosaur sculptures by artist Phil Brinkley. Plus, dads get free dome admission with one paid dome admission.

  • Bridging Art and Science, Featuring Prehistoric Creatures of the Ancient Ocean, Opens Saturday, June 18
    Visitors will encounter paintings by artist Dan Varner with sharks, bony fish, swimming reptiles and more. These art pieces were also featured in the book, Oceans of Kansas, by paleontologist Mike Everhart, now available in the Explore Store. Included in general museum admission, free for members.
  • Senior Wednesday, Science and Art Collide, June 22, 1:30 p.m.

Guests ages 55 years and older will experience the art and skill that goes into fabricating kinetic art, metal sculptures and animatronics. Admission: $4 (plus tax). Located in the Kemper Creative Learning Studio.

  • Sleep with the Dinos, Friday, July 15 - Saturday, July 16, 7 p.m. - 8 a.m.

Participants ages 7 - 11 will become a paleontologist, take part in five hands-on activities, see the dome theater film Flying Monsters and sleep under the shadows of ancient creatures. Member: $55/Nonmember: $70 Registration required by calling 316-660-0620 or at

  • Summer Camp, Paleo Party, Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 22, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Kids grades 1 - 6 will unearth the prehistoric creatures that once roamed our planet and soar among flying reptiles in the new dome theater film Flying Monsters. Member: $125/Nonmember: $140. Registration required by calling 316-660-0620 or at

  • Preschool Summer Edventure, Dig It! Dirt and Dinosaurs, Tuesday, July 19 - Thursday, July 21, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Kids ages 4 to entering kindergarten will dig down in the dirt to get the scoop on soil, plants, bugs, rocks and dinosaur fossils. Member: $45/Nonmember: $55. Registration required by calling 316-660-0620 or

  • Senior Wednesday, It’s Alive, July 27, 1:30 p.m.

Guests ages 55 and older will explore the craft and expertise behind metal casting with metal artist Dean Day and learn about works of art and engineering that make the inanimate come alive. Admission: $4 (plus tax). Located in the Kemper Creative Learning Studio.

  • Drink with the Dinos, Friday, August 12, 7 - 10 p.m.

Adults 21 and older will sip their favorite beverage, take part in hands-on activities and learn fun dino facts, such as “Could these creatures get tipsy?” Member: $12/Nonmember: $15 Registration required by calling316-660-0620 or at

  • Senior Wednesday, Ancient Reptiles, August 24, 1:30 p.m.

Guests ages 55 and older will tear into interesting facts about the mighty pteranodon, the flying state fossil of Kansas, with paleontologist and author, Mike Everhart. Admission: $4 (plus tax). Located in the Kemper Creative Learning Studio.

  • Closing Weekend, Saturday, Sept. 3 - Monday, Sept. 5

Families will celebrate the end of summer and Labor Day weekend with special hands-on activities. Included in general museum admission, free for members.


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