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Spring into Family Fun Weekends at the ROM!


Explore the Ancient World, Learn about Biodiversity and more with ROM Experts and Hidden Artifacts

Toronto, Ontario - - The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) kicks off its Family Fun Weekends on April 13, 2013. Six exciting themed weekends exploring ideas from the ancient world to biodiversity offer families a variety of activities that run until June 10, 2013. The entire family will enjoy interactive demonstrations and performances, meeting archaeologists, getting up close to museum objects not normally on display, making cool crafts for home and more! Activities run from 11 am to 4 pm are included with general Museum admission.

Family Fun Weekends Schedule:

April 13-14: Archaeology Weekend

Meet archaeologists and find out what they do to make their discoveries. Then get up close with objects usually hidden away in the museum’s vaults. Try your hand at being an archaeologist as you learn some of the skills they use in the field. Meet people who do “experimental” archaeology by trying to do things the way they were done in the past, and “living history” re-enactors of the Viking era who try to understand the past by living it.

April 27-28: Nature Weekend

Awaken your wild side as you learn all about the diversity of animal life. Incredible insects, magnificent mammals, and rockin’ reptiles are some of the cool creatures you’ll meet this weekend at the ROM. Make your own animal mask, hear animal tales from around the world, and see how you can protect animal habitats every day.

May 4-5: Early Life Weekend

Explore the world before the dinosaurs. From Anomalocaris, the original beast of the sea, to the thriving and diverse arthropods that broke to the surface, learn how life first developed deep in our oceans and expanded to thrive in every environment on Earth. Get up close with stunning fossils from the Burgess Shale, one of the greatest fossil sites in the world, make your own Cambrian inspired hand puppet, and get a first look at the ROM’s next big gallery, Early Life.

May 18-20: Earth Sciences Weekend

Our world to discover! The Earth gives us so much every day! Nearly every material we touch is a product of the Earth, and if it isn’t grown, it is mined. Have a look at some of the minerals of every day life, and then try and guess what these minerals do and where you find them in the world around you.

June 1-2: Ancient Egypt Weekend

Celebrate the weekend with our mummies and unravel the mysteries of ancient Egypt. Craft a magical amulet, decode a message in hieroglyphs, and learn the merits of eye paint first-hand, and brush away the sands of time in our Egyptian Dig.

June 15-16: Ancient Rome and Greece Weekend

Bring out the Spartan or Centurion in you as you explore the ancient empires of Rome and Greece. Learn how these ancient cultures dominated the Mediterranean world and continue to influence our daily lives. See demonstrations and displays of arms and armour, talk to experts, try your hand at Roman archery, make a lucky “bulla”, create your own mosaic masterpiece and learn the game of “knucklebones”.

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