When the crew’s not talking about dinosaurs, cleaning up a snotty nose, or teaching proper water colour technique, they’re carving pumpkins. We’ll show off more as we count down to Halloween!
Our famous @ROMToronto Mediaeval Fair RETURNS this weekend (September 29th/30th)!
Get ready for all sorts of demonstrations of armour, warfare dance and culture. You’ll also get the chance to try your hand at archery (yes we will be shooting arrows IN the ROM!), get up close with armour, and all sorts of other things. Of course, there will be art activites, nine mans morse, and all sorts of other things. Going to be a JAM.
To get ready, this week, right here and on twitter, we’re going to show off some pictures & media from our Mediaeval European collection, from the permanent display to the behind the scenes! As well, we’ll have some blogs, articles, all sorts to indulge your Mediaeval curiosities!
This joy of learning!
A few of our 6 to 7s exploring the Mediaeval era by trying on armour.
Photos by Gabriel Broderick, digital edits by Kiron. Gabriel is a @ROMKids assistant and is currently wrapping up grade 12. He’s a sweet talking, future archaeologist, who is also awesome.
Inside the belly of a giant.
Titanosaurs, like Futalognkosaurus, had a very wide ranging diet, including all differnet sorts of vegetation. Considering it’s size, and how slowly vegetation breaks down in the digestion cycle, Futalongosaurus would have to have eaten A LOT.
I’m uncertain, when Futalognkosaurus was alive, if it would be wise to sit underneath him. For copperlite reasons.
School, Dinosaurs, & the ROM Schooling about Dinosaurs.
School, Dinosaurs, & the ROM Schooling about Dinosaurs. OR The Reason why Kiron Dreaded the First Day of School.
I’m not going to sit here and say I loved the start of school as a kid. In fact, as a young one I dreaded my early September birthday since it didn’t represent the same things a birthday normally means to a kid (e.g. being older and presents) – instead, my birthday served as a reminder that Summer was over and school was starting again.
HOWEVER! Before you start to think I’m hating on school (which isn’t what this post is about), I’m just going to throw it out there that I didn’t hate school! I’ve got so much respect for teachers and schools and all that they provide for students.
Still, I dreaded the first day of school. Why? I’ll get to that…
Though I dreaded the first day of school, I looked forward to the same sorts of things many kids get excited about: hanging out with friends, favourite classroom activities (shoutout to art classes!) and, of course, recess.
Truth is, however, I was SO into learning! I was SO engaged when I first started school! Until I was told each year that we wouldn’t be spending time learning about my favourite thing in the world: Dinosaurs.
Every year I would raise my hand on the first day of class and ask if we were learning about them. And every year my teachers would say no. (Cue visual of a young Kiron with head hung low.)
Dear School, teach dinosaurs. They are the awesomest. #kthxbi
It was tough! School was supposed to be a place where we learned and had fun, right? So, it only seemed logical to learn about what I felt was quite possibly the greatest topic of all time. Looking back, I wish one teacher would’ve thrown me a bone (or fossil) and integrated my (and likely other students’) passion for palaeontology into their programming. We’ve seen a fantastic array of examples for introducing dinosaurs into Science, and my teachers could’ve provided more creative writing, art, and even math opportunities to explore my desire for dinos. Unfortunately, they were never worked into my teachers’ lessons.
So, I depended on my mom to get my dinosaur fix.
My mom did a great job. She would bring me home books from the library she worked at, and she’d let me stay up late to watch dinosaur documentaries on TV (the only times she would let stay up past my bed time – more on that in a future blog post).
I would travel Canada to get my dinosaur on. #committed #loveofthegame
Later, she and my aunt took me on an incredible trip to Alberta where I visited Drumheller (the dinosaur hotbed of Canada), the Royal Tyrrell Museum and the Badlands (where I met Phil Currie – another awesome experience for another post). My mom even brought me to palaeontology lectures and talks that were led by the likes of the famous Robert Bakker… ANYTHING to help quench my thirst for dinosaur knowledge.
Growing up, though I had all these great experiences that I look back on fondly, the best place for me to learn about dinosaurs was at the ROM. Every weekend, I looked forward to our ritual Saturday Morning visits. My imagination ran wild there, where I’d really enjoy pretending to be a palaeontologist.
Where I’m going with this…
I think we can get caught up in thinking that school will teach kids everything they need to know, but while school is incredibly valuable and provides a very important basis of skills and knowledge, we often have to seek out opportunities to explore kids’ interests in other places. Kids have a huge variety of different interests, and sometimes they may not all get explored in the classroom. That’s why I’m so happy I had the ROM growing up, and why I think it’s so valuable for kids.
In the spirit of providing fun and engaging opportunities for kids, the ROM offers special weekends with fun themes and activities. This Fall we’re hosting a Dinosaur Days series – something I would’ve been thrilled to attend as a kid!
AND YOU CAN MAKE THIS!
During our Dinosaur Days, you’ll have the opportunity to do activities, attend fossil workshops, dig for dinosaurs, go to talks about prehistoric life, meet some of our ROM Palaeo staff, and, most awesome of all, meet some of the world’s top Palaeontologists. (Woo!)
School’s started, and there are so many awesome things to learn there. But we’ve got dinosaurs covered here.
For more information on our Dinosaur Days dates, times and guest speakers click here.
DINOSAUR DAYS: Catherine Forster is coming to @ROMToronto!
Each Dinosaur Day we’ll have a whole bunch of activities for the kids, from dinosaur headdresses, to making fossil moulds, to dinosaur digs as well as fossil touch tables and other other cool stuff. We’ll also have our @ROMPalaeo staff on the floor showing off some of their latest finds, and preparing specimens for display and study.
Guys, I’m not done. I’m all on #TeamFeatheredDino.
But maybe most AWESOME of all, we have a world leading palaeontologist coming in to do a talk and meet and greet. Yes, you’ll be able to meet a LEGENDARY palaeontologist like Phil Currie, or Scott Sampson, or Paul Sereno, and even the closet hipster, super ULTIMATE, David Evans! I know. Too legit. Can’t deal. *breathes into paper bag*
So let me break this down for you here. Each Dinosaur Day, a WORLD LEADING palaeontologist is going to do a meet and greet, question and answer period with the public in our Currelly Gallery at 1PM. You can ask any and all of your deepest dinosaur questions. THEN after they’re doing a lecture on their work and latest discoveries in our theater from 2PM until 3PM. The lecture is separately ticketed but super worth it and affordable. Wow, that’s awesome. ALL THE PALAEONTOLOGY! *breathes into paper bag* *again*
THIS WEEK (Sunday September 9th) Catherine Forster is coming in!
Palaeontologists are obligated to take their jacket photos in the field. #truestory
Forster’s Rapetosaurus in a fierce battle with Majungasaurus!
More on Forster HERE as well as SWEET interview we did with her here. More on our Dinosaur activities HERE and more on how the lecture series HERE! Wow, so much more. Probably because this is going to be MORE awesome than any previous set of Dinosaur Weekends!
Austroraptor, popular with the kids these days. #ultimatedinos #summerclub2012
Video games? What about the magical power of imagination?
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a pretty big gamer. It’s a big part of who I am. My first video game console was an N64. I got a late start with video games because my parents didn’t believe in them. Since then, I’ve expanded my gaming repertoire to (and in no particular order) PC games, Gamecube, Gameboy Colour, Xbox 360, PSP, Nintendo DS, Mac, and PS3. Gaming is a huge part of my life. An escape. A sure-fire way to put a smile on my face at the end of a long and stressful day. In times of trouble, I know that I could decompress and re-motivate myself in a constructive manner at the press of a button. But none of the games that I’ve played have had as significant of an impact on my life as Dungeons and Dragons.
#summerclub2012 wraps in only TWO weeks! #sosad.. Let’s take a look back at a few of our favourite art projects from sessions 3 and 4!