Exploring the Theropods in Tiny Titans!

Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies, open until May 30, 2022, at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center, is an interactive exhibition that offers an astounding array of authentic dinosaur eggs and nests collected from all across the globe, in addition to great hands-on play experiences! Kids can dig for eggs, dress up like a parent dinosaur to brood their nest, and feel the texture of dinosaur eggs. Cute babies and fun dinosaur facts will keep the whole family playing and learning. The exhibit is divided into four sections based on the different families of dinosaurs: Ceratopsians, Sauropods, Theropods and Ornithopods. Each space provides visitors with a bevy of interesting information and activities about that particular type of dinosaur.

What are Theropods?

Theropod means “beast foot.” These dinosaurs were bipedal, meaning they walked on two feet. Each foot had three large, clawed toes.

• Most were meat eaters

• Most Theropod eggs are elongated with a length three times longer than their width. The eggs could be
quite small, the size of a walnut, or quite large, the size of a loaf of French bread.

• Theropod dinosaurs were altricial, meaning they needed parental care when they hatched.

• Birds are living descendants of Theropod dinosaurs.

What can kids do at the Theropod section in Tiny Titans?

• Dig for Theropod eggs in a Dino Dig pit.

• See real fossilized Theropod eggs.

• Dress up like an Oviraptor and guard your nest from predators.

• Create your own dinosaur postage stamp.

• Learn how to draw a T-Rex.

• Read dinosaur-themed books in the reading area.

What do kids learn at the Theropod section in Tiny Titans?

• Learn about “Baby Louie,” an embryonic dinosaur found in 1993 in a nest in Central China.

• Find out why Oviraptors, meaning “egg thief,” were incorrectly named.

• Learn what characteristics Theropods share with modern birds.

• Find out why animals make nests and why the shape of the nest is important.

• Find out why Theropod babies stay in the nest after they hatch.

• Learn about the enigmatic Therizinosaurs.

Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies is a traveling exhibit series created by Silver Plume Exhibitions and featuring artwork from Luis V. Rey and Mark Hallet, as well as stunning photography by Louie Pshioyos. The exhibit is generously sponsored locally by the Topeka Lodging Association and Visit Topeka, Inc. Tiny Titans will be on display at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center from February 24 to May 30, 2022, and is included in regular admission.

MORE DINO INFO: Find out more about the Ornithopods here.

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