Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs Return to Heard Museum


Visitors to Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney can let their imaginations run wild as they travel back in time with life-size animatronic dinosaurs along a half-mile nature trail from September 1 through February 18, 2019.

During the 13th Annual Dinosaurs Live! Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs exhibit, 10 moving and roaring dinosaurs provide visitors with a captivating experience. This exhibit also offers interesting facts about both herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs and features the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex, a spitting Dilophosaurus, a Carnotaurus, an Edmontonia, a Crylophosaurus, an Apatosaurus, an Elaphrosaurus, a Rugops, an Edmontosaurus, and a Stegosaurus.

Future paleontologists will enjoy an outdoor fossil dig and an opportunity to play on two stationary baby dinosaurs — it’s a good photo op.

The Dinosaurs Live! exhibit nature trail is jogging-stroller friendly, giving families and friends a unique, exciting and educational activity to experience together. The cost is included in general admission to the Heard Museum.

Other activities at the museum include the Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden pen through September 30. Guest can walk among free-flying native butterflies and other pollinators.

Second Saturday Bird Walks are offered annually September through June, providing beginning and intermediate birders with opportunities to spend time with experienced birders and ask questions. Reservations are not required, but each Second Saturday Bird Walk begins promptly at 8 a.m. The walks last about an hour and a half, but extended time is available upon request.

On September 29 guests can discover more about the Texas state butterfly, the amazng monarchs. Learn about their migration pattern, life cycle and how people can help protect their habitat. Designed primarily for adults, interested youth may attend with an adult. This adventure may not be suitable for children younger than 10 years. Each presentation lasts about an hour, followed by a walk through the butterfly house and garden.

October 6 features National Fossil Day Celebration with members of the Dallas Paleontological Society. Learn about ancient Texas, see casts of animals, and become a member of the “PIT” Crew (Paleontologists in Training). Guests are invited to bring their own fossils and have them identified.

Experience a family-friendly Halloween event at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary from 6-10 p.m. October 26. The event features a safe environment to experience the joy of trick or treating along the eerie Dinosaurs Live! Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs trail. Families enjoy an evening full of fun activities including a presentation of a family-friendly movie on the Heard’s outdoor amphitheater stage.

For more information visit or call (972) 562-5566.


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