Thursday, July 3, 2014

Dining with dinosaurs...

We have this amazing place here in the M- town called the Pink Palace. It's actually a museum that has some really cool and unusual exhibits in it. It has a huge IMAX theater and a planetarium, and it's a great place to go on a hot summer day. My kids love to go there, and we could spend the whole day looking at all the neat and interesting stuff. This week, the Pink Palace has a special exhibit set up that's all about dinosaurs. There's a gigantic life size animatronic T-Rex that is so lifelike, it's unreal. My oldest son was absolutely obsessed with dinosaurs when he was Z's age, and still loves them, so, of course, we had to go see this exhibit. The little guy has never been quite as enthralled with them as my oldest, but he was totally amazed. So much so that he asked for a T-Rex lunch. I aim to please, so T-Rex lunch it is. A dinosaur lunch worked out quite well, actually, because I just received these super cute dinosaur silicone cups in the mail and have been dying to use them. Thanks to Grace from Eats Amazing and Anna from Becoming a Bentoholic for sending me these cute cups and some other great goodies, too. You girls rock!!! Please stop by and visit Grace's and Anna's blogs. You will be blown away at all the lunch making cuteness from them.

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This lunch is packed in Easy Lunch Boxes.
*T-Rex shaped peanut butter and strawberry all-fruit spread sandwich with T-Rex shaped Natural Selects bologna on top- I used food safe markers for his spots and gave him a candy eye.
*"D" is for dinosaur Babybel cheese- I used a "D" from a 1 inch alphabet cutter set.
*Rold Gold pizza flavored sticks for Dino the dinosaur to stand on
*sweet peas with carrot dino bones
*blueberries in the green dinosaur egg (The green egg had Easter candy in it at one time. I repurposed it into a dinosaur egg.) and raisins
*linked to: Eats Amazing/ Fun Food Friday

Here are a few fun dinosaur facts for you:
> The length of a T-Rex tooth was 8 inches- the largest tooth of any meat eater.
> The T-Rex could swallow 500 pounds of meat in one bite.
> The name "dinosaur" means "frighteningly big lizard".
> Stegosaurus had a brain the size of a walnut and was probably one of the dumbest dinosaurs.
> Most dinosaurs were herbivores, which means they ate meat.
> Some dinosaurs had more than 1000 teeth and could replace their teeth at any time.
> Dinosaur remains have been found on every continent, even Antarctica.
> The average dinosaur was no bigger than a station wagon. The smallest was no bigger than a robin, and the largest was 3 school busses long.

Some of the things, or similar things, that I used to make this lunch:

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