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Dinosaur Day – Third Tuesday in May – Learn Ways to Celebrate

Calling all Jurassic Park lovers, and Land Before Time fans. It’s Dinosaur Day, which is cause for celebration!

Grab your rock hammer, soft bristled brush and field journal to get ready to observe the day. Or, if you’ve left your paleontology tools at home, keep reading this post for ways to celebrate this national day as a dinosaur enthusiast.

Dinosaur Day falls on the third Tuesday in May. It is one of several national days dedicated to these magnificent creatures.

The other dinosaur related days of the year are International Dinosaur Day on June 1 and National Fossil Day on the Wednesday of the second full week in October.

National days of the year like this one are a fun way to celebrate animals, items and foods that you come into contact with. Be sure to check out this national days guide for more information about the history of national days.

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How to celebrate Dinosaur Day

Get ready to celebrate the Mesozoic Era and all of the cool dinosaurs it held. The list below includes movies you can watch, dinosaur-themed museums and state parks to visit, and more!

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  • Get in touch with your artistic side by getting our 15 free dinosaur coloring sheets and coloring them in.
  • Put on your puzzling hat, and solve this free dinosaur word search printable.
  • If you have kids, show them The Good Dinosaur. This funny and heartwarming Disney/Pixar movie depicts an alternate reality where dinosaurs and humans live together.
  • Brush up on your knowledge of dinosaurs by reading our post with 15 interesting dinosaur facts for kids.
  • Get a dinosaur sweatshirt, embroidered with dinosaurs to keep warm in style!
  • Visit Dinosaur State Park in Connecticut. When it was being built, they discovered 2000 dinosaur tracks and enclosed 500 of them in an exhibit for visitors to see.
  • Get your kids a dinosaur-themed puzzle that can be customized to include their names.
  • Go to the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, which is the only active Ice Age excavation site in an urban environment in the world. Don’t forget to check out the Dinosaur Hall at the nearby Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
  • Purchase a piece of dinosaur decor, like these stained glass dinosaurs.
  • Watch the Night at the Museum movies. Ben Stiller stars in this movie franchise where he learns as a museum night watchman, that the exhibits (including a playful T-Rex named Rexy) come to life at night!
  • If you’re a T-Rex fan, make sure to visit The Field Museum in Chicago. It has the largest and most complete T-Rex named SUE, on display. 
  • Get dinosaur temporary tattoos so you can show everyone your love for these prehistoric creatures.

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More national days in May

Did you enjoy learning about Dinosaur Day? May is full of special days to celebrate.

Not only does Mother’s Day occur in this month, but there are also over 150 national days in May!

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Some are dedicated to animals (like this one) while others are about ideas, places, and even the national food holidays this month.

Here is are a few other May national days you might enjoy:

Make sure to watch this YouTube video to learn about more national days in May. 

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Since graduating from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Jess has been living and working in Los Angeles, CA. She is a freelance writer, specializing in content related to fashion, food and drink and film industry topics. Find out more about Jess here. 

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