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Fun Long Island places for kids who love dinosaurs
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No need to trek into New York City to see dinosaur bones at the American Museum of Natural History when Long Island has a handful of unique exhibits of its own. Little paleontologists can hold fossils, learn about how dinosaurs lived and see the only dinosaur footprints found on Long Island. Some venues have Jurassic-themed birthday parties, as well. Here are eight spots that dino-loving kids will want to visit again and again.

The Center for Science Teaching and Learning 

At the “Dinosaurs!” exhibit at The Center for Science Teaching and Learning in Rockville Centre, little paleontologists can have a close encounter with larger-than-life dinos. The exhibit features more than two dozen full dinosaur models, as well as dinosaur skulls and fossils on display. Two life-size robotic dinosaurs also live in the center's exhibit, and kids can hear them roar, watch as they breathe, swing their tails and bob their heads. While viewing the dinos, kids will learn about how they lived thousands of years ago. “Dinosaurs!” is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Additionally, The Center for Science Teaching and Learning offers a Dino Dig birthday party with activities such as visiting the “Dinosaurs!” exhibit, excavating dino bones in the center’s dig site and a make-your-own fossil craft to take home. Price: $15 adult, $12 ages 1 to 10. More information: 1450 Tanglewood Rd., 516-764-0045,

Long Island Science Center

Head back in time and walk beside dinosaurs at the Long Island Science Center’s Virtual Reality Zone in Riverhead. When kids put on the center’s virtual reality headsets, they can explore 12 different types of dinos and learn about their lives, what they ate and how they lived during the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods. The Virtual Reality Zone is included in the admission fee and appropriate for children ages 5 and older. Kids can also check out the Saturday Science and Wednesday Future Scientist programs, which often run dinosaur-themed activities like fossil making. Additionally, the Long Island Science Center offers a Dino Detective birthday party. Kids get to make a replica of a dinosaur tooth while learning about paleontology. The center is open 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Price: $10. More information: 40 Peconic Ave., 631-208-8000,