Exhibit: DINOSAURS! The Exhibition

Wednesday, June 18

School field trips to the Museum of Science and Industry were commonplace back in the days of my youth. The excursions were usually prompted by whatever science subject we were covering at the moment that coincided with a MOSI exhibit, including hurricanes and meteorology, the human body, transportation and (my personal favorite) dinosaurs. This Friday, MOSI's permanently-installed Diplodocus bone replicas are joined by a new temporary installation, DINOSAURS! The Exhibition, which transforms a 5,000-square-foot space into Mesozoic-era digs for 10 giant animatronic dinosaurs. Among the featured creatures are the Pteranodon, a flying reptile with a 23-foot wingspan; the heavily "archetypal" armored Ankylosaurus and her two young; the carnivorous bark-as-big-as-bite Tyrannosaurus Rex; the cranial-crest fabulous Parasaurolophus; and everybody's favorite herbivores, the heavily armored Stegasaurus and the three-horned Triceratops with her two young. Visitors also enjoy a dino dig box, two rub stations for creating fossil artwork and a hands-on control box for moving a dinosaur "skeleton." In addition, MOSI IMAX opens Dinosaurs Alive!, a Michael Douglas-narrated film that takes audiences on a dinosaur hunt with two American Museum of Natural History paleontologists in the world's most renowned dinosaur hotbeds. Dinosaurs!, June 13-Sept. 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, $20.95 adults/$18.95 seniors/$16.95 ages 2-12 (includes a standard length IMAX film and entry to all exhibits), 813-987-6300, mosi.org.