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Life-sized dinosaurs take over Artown



A life-sized, hands-on experience takes over Wingfield Park July 9 starting at 7 p.m. as Artown brings an incredible selection of dinosaurs that inhabited Australia’s landscape millions of years ago.

Help feed, water and care for these prehistoric creatures in an educational experience that brings these marvels of the ancient world up-close and personal. Pet a baby dinosaur, hear their roars and see the teeth of these incredible giants. The performance is part of Artown’s Monday Night Family Series held each Monday evening during July. (Sponsored by Sierra Nevada College and The Thelma & Thomas Hart Foundation. Official host hotel John Ascuaga’s Nugget.)

In addition to the Monday Night Family Series performance, catch Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo at the following venues:

Artown’s Discover the Arts program, Discover Erth’s Dinosaurs, takes place July 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Wingfield Park with a short performance and a hands-on interactive project with children making their own movable dinosaurs using milk cartons. (Sponsored by Northern Nevada Dairymen and made possible by the Nevada Arts Council and the Lemelson Education Assistance Program.)

Additional Erth Dinosaur appearances include July 10 at Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum at 10:30 a.m. featuring the incredible T-Rex dinosaur. Admission to this event is free but does not include admission to the museum. Admission to The Discovery is just $8 per person. Children under age 1 are free.

For more information on Artown, visit www.RenoIsArtown.com or call the office at 775-322-1538.

Artown, recipient of five consecutive National Endowment for the Arts grant awards, is one of the nation’s most comprehensive arts and culture festivals attracting more than 300,000 people in 2011 for a plethora of events with more than 60 percent offered free to the public. With more than 100 partners, the month-long festival takes place at venues citywide. Artown receives major funding from the city of Reno and is sponsored by Grand Sierra Resort, U.S. Bank, NV Energy, JLH Inc., Waste Management, Basin Street Properties, Reno Gazette-Journal, KOLO 8 News Now, KTHX-FM and KNPB with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nevada Arts Council.

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