Rocky the T-Rex

Rock Springs will host the Dino Encounters’ Cretaceous Tour in Bunning Park on June 22. Free shows are scheduled for 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

ROCK SPRINGS — The Dino Encounters Show with Rocky the T-Rex will visit Bunning Park on June 22. Free shows are scheduled at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The Cretaceous Tour is part of the summer “downtown-osaur” theme rolled out by the Rock Springs Main Street/Urban Renewal Agency.

The public is invited to travel back in time 65 million years to the Cretaceous period and discover the world of dinosaurs that lived right in North America. Audiences will learn about the prehistoric environment, fossil formation, species adaptation and meet five dinosaurs that were all found right here in North America. The Dino Encounter’s Show utilizes interaction with the audience, music, video, special effects and life like realistic dinosaur puppets to create a visually engaging, interactive, entertaining performance, according to a press release.

In addition to the stage shows, Dino Encounters will also have a hands-on excavation zone open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organizers said bring the whole family to learn about Earth’s prehistoric history from 550 million years ago to 20 million years ago. Dig for fossils in the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, Cretaceous and Ice Age periods.

People can also use a free mobile app to learn about each fossil and augment 26 different life-size dinosaurs to take selfies and videos with. Play the Jurassic Genius Scavenger Hunt game for special prizes. Assemble dinosaur skeleton puzzles. Toddlers can even match the bones to the correct dinosaur and shop in the Dino Encounters store for merchandise.

In addition to the shows, there is the ongoing scavenger hunt to find resident “Downtown-osaurs” throughout downtown Rock Springs. Upon finishing the scavenger hunt, participants can stop in the Rock Springs Main Street/URA Office at 603 S Main St. for a special “Downtown-osaur” button. The scavenger hunt sheets also contain a variety of dino facts.

In addition, visitors and residents are encouraged to check out the dinosaurs at Western Wyoming Community College.

For more dinosaur information, including coloring sheets of the “Downtown-osaurs,” visit www.DowntownRS.com.

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