Image
PaleoFest2021

Family Activities

PaleoFest 2021

A weekend of all things Paleo: VIRTUAL Family Events

Burpee Museum is excited to present our 23rd PaleoFest 2021. This year we are virtual for the first time! As usual, we are boasting an impressive lineup of guest speakers and researchers and our education staff is taking their awesome research and sharing it with you through special activities, videos, workshops, and more! 

Enjoy a virtual reality experience inside the Burpee Museum by searching for "secret" clickable hot spots, and PaleoStations, to learn more about dinos, current research, and all things prehistoric. Have a great time millions of years in the making! 

Taking advantage of our virtual format, we are bringing more international speakers than usual! Presentations available to ticket holders for 60 days after the close of the event.

March 6 & 7 2021
Discover Card
Image
Image
DiscoverCardGeneralAdmission
Cretaceous Exhibit

General Admission

Explore Burpee Museum with 3D Museum Virtual Reality: Clickable, movable 360 degree exploration.

Image
Image
DiscoverCardMuseum1
SPROUTS Lab

Image
Image
DiscoverCardMuseum2
Fossil Lake Exhibit

Image
Image
discovercardmuseum3
The Ordovician Sea

Discover Card
Image
Image
Workshop IceAge
Workshop Add-On

Wolf Puppies & Ice Age Life!

Travel back to Illinois 2.8 million years ago in the Pleistocene era! From cave painting, to hunting, to the most recent discovery: a 7 week old wolf puppy preserved in the ice!

Image
Image
JaneWorldWorkshop
Workshop Add-On

The Mighty T-rex and the Cretaceous!

Burpee museum is most famous for our juvenile T-rex, Jane! Come learn about the carnivore, and even the tiny animals running about under her feet! Let's travel to the Cretaceous and learn about recent discoveries!

Image
Image
DiscoverCardScientist
Workshop Add-On

Family Lecture: Research

Join PaleoFest visiting scientists for a special presentation about their field research and discoveries!

Image
Image
DiscoverCardArtWorkshop
Workshop Add-On

PaleoArt Workshop

Learn how artists and scientists can work together to create a visual representation of a time on Earth we have never seen before! Learn how to draw a T-rex or Allosaurus using modern models, skeletons, and research.

TICKET OPTIONS 

General Admission to PaleoFest 

Virtual Reality Museum Experiences 360 degree exploration with passport stations, "secret" hidden learning adventures. "Add On" a Workshop or a Lecture!: Each or our workshops and classes can be purchased a la carte to get your ticket into the special room with extra special learning. See below for schedule options and details.

"All The Adventures" PaleoFest Pass

Take advantage of a great DEAL! Includes admission to the virtual reality activities at the museum PLUS admission to your choice of ALL family workshops, family research lecture, and PaleoArt workshop for either one day of your choice or ALL WEEKEND LONG! No a la carte purchases necessary.  Don't miss a thing!

VIP PaleoFest Family Pass

Go VIP for your Dino Lover: Enjoy everything PaleoFest offers for families from workshop to lectures to art classes and exploration in the museum...and add the amazing experience of a small group meeting with a scientist. Selection will be aligned to the individual interests and researcher's interests. Quantities are very limited.

Saturday & Sunday

General Schedule for Family Events
 
10am Virtual Event Begins: Virtual Museum Open

Enjoy a virtual reality walk through all of the museum, including our newest exhibits!  Within each exhibit you can click, move, and explore a 360 space.  Stop at PaleoStations for extra learning and activities, click on secret hotspots for dino fun!  Enjoy Burpee Museum as we go into full paleo mode in a totally new, and exciting way all day long!

10am The Mighty T-rex Workshop

Join a special ticket-holder-only workshop.  Purchase a la carte, or get this included in both the "all the adventures" and "VIP" passes.  Burpee museum is most famous for our juvenile T-rex, Jane! Come learn about this amazing carnivore, and even the tiny animals running about under her feet! Let's travel to the Cretaceous and learn what recent discoveries are helping scientists understand this amazing period of Earth's history!

11am Wolf Puppies & Ice Age Life Workshop

Join a special ticket-holder-only workshop.  Purchase a la carte, or get this included in both the "all the adventures" and "VIP" passes.  The Ice Age featured many amazing animals, some that have decedents living today. Learn about the animals and humans of this amazing time as you travel back to Illinois 2.8 million years ago in the Pleistocene era! From cave painting, to hunting, to the most recent discovery: a 7 week old wolf puppy preserved in the ice, you will learn how scientists are reconstructing this amazing time long ago.

12:30pm PaleoArtist Workshop

Join a special ticket-holder-only workshop.  Purchase a la carte, or get this included in both the "all the adventures" and "VIP" passes. Great for accomplished artists wanting to network as well as young aspiring artists who like to draw prehistoric creatures! Learn how artists and scientists can work together to create a visual representation of a time on Earth we have never seen before! Learn how to draw a T-rex or Allosaurus using modern models, skeletons, and research. Imagine a mammoth, and learn how artists recreate amazing prehistoric worlds through sculpture, video, painting, and more! Saturday & Sunday feature DIFFERENT artists teaching this workshop.  Join us for BOTH!  Details on artists to be announced!

1:30pm The Mighty T-Rex Workshop

Join a special ticket-holder-only workshop.  Purchase a la carte, or get this included in both the "all the adventures" and "VIP" passes. (Same content as the 10am workshop)

2:30pm Wolf Puppies & Ice Age Life

Workshop Join a special ticket-holder-only workshop.  Purchase a la carte, or get this included in both the "all the adventures" and "VIP" passes. (Same content as the 11am workshop)

3:30pm Guest Paleo Scientist Research Lecture

Workshop Join a special ticket-holder-only workshop.  Purchase a la carte, or get this included in both the "all the adventures" and "VIP" passes.  Join PaleoFest visiting scientists for a special presentation about their field research and discoveries.  Learn how they accomplish field work, what questions their research is answering, and their latest discoveries! Saturday & Sunday feature DIFFERENT scientists teaching.  Join us for BOTH!  Details on speakers to be announced!

How Can I Join?

You only need an internet connection to join.  Grab your ticket to ensure availability!  You can use a phone, tablet, or computer to experience the event. Each ticket can be used on only one device. If you plan to use multiple devices, please purchase multiple tickets.

Membership Discounts!

Join Burpee Museum's family of science lovers and save on events like PaleoFest, Reptile & Amphibian Fest, The Art of Hunting, classes, admission, rentals, and so much more! Membership will be confirmed prior to event.

New Membership OR Membership renewal questions? Call 815-965-3433 or email Burpee@burpee.org