DuBOIS – “Jurassic Days” is coming to Doolittle’s Dinosaurs this weekend with proceeds benefiting the DuBois Area United Way, according to owner Dr. Jeffrey Rice.
Doolittle’s Dinosaurs, a dinosaur museum at Rice’s Doolittle Station located on Rich Highway in DuBois, is teaming up with cosplayers to put on the Jurassic event this Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.
Doolittle’s Dinosaurs featured more than 25 dinosaurs, including carnivores, herbivores, hatchlings emerging from their eggs, animatronic dinosaurs, and even some “Dinos” that kids can ride.
Those who attend will be able to explore the Jurassic period, dig for fossils, ride a dinosaur and enjoy a fun day of learning and exploring. There will also be arts, crafts, food and more.
“There are a bunch of different cosplayers that I’ve put together to do some of the same characters from ‘Jurassic Park,'” said Edmund A. Porta, a cosplayer from Indiana, Pa.
“As of now, I have, from ‘Jurassic Park,’ Dr. Ala Grant and Ellie Sattler, Zia Rodriguez from ‘Jurassic World,’ and I’m going to have a guy dressed as Hammond from ‘Jurassic Park,'” Porta says . “I’ll dress up as a basic ‘Jurassic Park’ ranger.”
In addition to the Jurassic cosplayers, the Pittsburgh Carnegie History Mobile Team will bring dinosaurs to Doolittle Station, Rice said.
The partnership with Carnegie gives attendees an opportunity to see some of what the museum has to offer, Porta said.
Admission will be $7 at the door for adults, $5 for children and children 2 and under will be free. Again, all proceeds will benefit the DuBois Area United Way.
Although Rice enjoys providing fun for the whole family and promoting tourism, he also likes to donate to the United Way.
“We’re expecting over 1,000 people there,” Rice says. “The first year we had it, we had about 1,000. Now it will be off-campus parking where a free trolley will bring people from the Miller Home (Furniture) in Falls Creek.”
“I mean it’s a great organization and it helps local nonprofits, they need the money in these times,” Rice said. “All the nonprofits are doing great work, and I would really like to see them thrive. It’s just a little I can do, but every little bit helps. I encourage other people to do other events that help subsidize them.”