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Musicians rock out under the whale to help build an outdoor dig site — Come out and dance, all in the name of paleontology!

October 10, 2013 — (Ithaca, NY) On Sunday, November 10th from 12:00pm - 5:00pm, bring the family to Dino Jam, where local bands will play under the iconic whale at the Museum of the Earth to raise funds for a new outdoor dig site — a family friendly play space designed to introduce Early Learners (children ages 2-5) to Earth science concepts in a fun and engaging way.

“We're especially proud to be invited to perform at Dino Jam 2013 — to provide some ‘rock’ to help inspire future earth scientists and their families,” said Todd Edmonds, singer and slide guitarist of Cat’s Elbow.

Dino Jam features performances by Pete Panek & The Blues Cats, Not from Wisconsin, Technicolor Trailer Park, Harry Nichols Band, and Cat’s Elbow. Musical styles range from pop to blues to alternative rock to folk. All bands are enthusiastic to be involved. “We are excited to play at Dino Jam because, as a band with three teachers and a parent of a preschooler, we know the importance of inspiring kids to learn, and cultivating a passion for inquiry at an early age” said Harry Nichols from the Harry Nichols Band.

Along with the family friendly music, kids can enjoy dinosaur themed art activities and dinosaur themed garden projects from Ithaca Children’s Garden. Mama Goose is the lead sponsor and GreenStar is providing children-friendly food! When the planned outdoor dig site opens, children will be able to discover their inner paleontologist by climbing into a fossil pit and digging within the “earth” for hidden bones of a long-extinct creature. Every dollar raised at Dino Jam will be matched 2:1 through a generous $10,000 challenge grant made by Ithaca-based Kionix, Inc.!

Besides being a lot of fun, the Outdoor Dig Site helps children develop their fine and gross motor skills and also helps with social and emotional development through parallel and interactive play with their peers. From an Earth Science perspective, children can learn to examine objects with attention and detail, find similarities and differences among the bones, and describe characteristics of rocks and animals.

Besides Mama Goose and GreenStar, Dino Jam is also brought to you by Ithaca Coffee Company, Starbucks on The Commons, and Dan Smalls Presents. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to here.