Friday, June 11, 2010

Fernbank’s Dozer Day Celebrates Dads with Cool Trucks and Family Fun

As part of its 97 Days (and Ways) to Play, Fernbank Museum of Natural History will offer dads and families a unique opportunity to explore a variety of the big trucks and bulldozers that have triggered a giant “WOW!” out of kids and adults for generations.

Fernbank’s Dozer Day will be held June 20, 2010 from noon to 4 p.m. at Fernbank Museum in honor of Father’s Day. The first 500 children to arrive on June 20 will receive a commemorative “hard hat” with the purchase of Museum admission, and Radio Disney will be on-site from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. with music, games and giveaways.

During the Museum’s construction of its new Children’s Exhibition, which is scheduled to open in Spring 2011, and throughout last year’s construction of the Dinosaur Entrance Plaza, a variety of bulldozers, lifts, dump trucks, and more have often been seen on Fernbank’s property. Visitors often stop to take a look at the equipment, prompting Fernbank to conclude Dozer Day would be a unique Father’s Day event.

“Seeing how excited and interested children, and even grown men, get when they see something like a tractor or a lift made us realize that while we’re working to finish the Children’s Exhibition, there’s an element of curiosity and childhood joy that comes with exploring heavy equipment up-close,” said Jennifer Grant Warner, Fernbank’s Chief Programming Officer.

Construction trucks and equipment won’t be the only eye candy during Dozer Day, though. The Atlanta Fire Department will send firefighters and a truck, and DeKalb County’s sanitation department will send some vehicles, such as a dump truck and a garbage truck.

Dozer Day is included with Museum admission. Tickets are $15 for adults, $14 for students and seniors, $13 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for Museum Members and children ages 2 and under. Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road in Atlanta. For more information, visit fernbankmuseum.org/97days.
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