Summer 2021


Dinosaurs are taking over Downtown Rock Springs this summer. Dubbed “Downtown-osaurs,” the ten characters were created by local artists Don and Kaye Tyler. The Downtown-osaurs, like Timmy the Pterodactyl, and Titan the T-Rex, will take up residency at various locations around Downtown throughout the summer.

To kick-off the summer theme, the Broadway Theater will be showing Disney’s Dinosaur movie at 2 pm on Thursday, June 3. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

Following the movie, everyone is invited to go on a scavenger hunt to find each Downtown-osaur. Upon finishing the scavenger hunt, participants can stop in the Rock Springs Main Street/URA office at 603 S Main Street for a special Downtown-osaur button. The scavenger hunt sheets also contain a variety of dino-facts.

The Rock Springs Library will also have special dinosaur themed activities all summer long. Throughout the month of June, the library challenges young patrons to Name That Dino! Suggest a name for their new friend and get a dinosaur poster (while supplies last).

Kids are also invited to help them put their fossil together. There will be dinosaur bones hidden all around the Youth Services area of the Rock Springs Library; find one of the bones and add it to their fossil for a prize.

During July, the library encourages patrons to take a selfie with their dinosaur and tag #downtownrocksprings and #sweetwaterlibraries on social media. Show them your post to get a dino egg to take home. Kids can also go on a Dino Hunt; find a dinosaur in the Youth Services area and turn in for a snack.

In July the Rock Springs Main Street/URA will also host a Dino Encounters show near the caboose. Dino Encounters is an immersive experience that is a ton of fun for all ages. It includes a highly educational and informative stage show about the history of dinosaurs and unique facts about them you won't hear anywhere else. In addition to the stage show, kids can enjoy interactive dinosaur attractions including watching a dinosaur hatch from an egg to petting one up close and personal. It also includes stationary exhibits that kids can participate in throughout the day after the shows are complete, from a fossil dig to building their own life size dinosaur puzzle on their own. (Date to be announced soon.)

Dinosaur activity packs will be available from the Rock Springs Library to take home during the month of August.

Sidekicks Book and Wine Bar also has a great selection of dinosaur books and toys.
The fun isn’t just available to the kids though. Bitter Creek Brewing will be offering a Green Dinosaur adult beverage. (There’s a kid’s version too – the Dino Refresher.) The Wyoming Club will have a specialty cocktail too – the DinoSour!

In addition to the Downtown-osaurs, visitors and residents are encouraged to check out the dinosaurs at Western Wyoming Community College.

Don't miss Rocky The T-Rex's Summer 2021 Show - June 22 at Bunning Park

The Dino Encounters Show with Rocky the T-rex will take place at Bunning Park on June 22 and is free of charge. There are three shows scheduled at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. The Dino Encounters Shows are part of the summer Downtown-osaur theme rolled out by the Rock Springs Main Street/URA last month. 

The Dino Encounters Show with Rocky the T-rex
Travel back in time, 65 million years to the Cretaceous period and discover the world of dinosaurs that lived right here in North America . Audiences will learn about the prehistoric environment, fossil formation, species adaptation and meet five dinosaurs that were all found right here in North America. The Dino Encounter’s Show utilizes interaction with the audience, music, video, special effects, and life like realistic dinosaur puppets to create a visually engaging, interactive, entertaining performance! Don’t miss this opportunity!

Hands on Excavation Zone!
Bring the whole family to spend the day exploring in the Dino Encounters Excavation Zone! Learn about Earth’s prehistoric history from 550 million years ago to 20 million years ago. Dig for fossils in the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, Cretaceous and Ice Age periods. Use our free mobile app to learn about each fossil and even augment 26 different life size dinosaurs you can take selfies and videos with. Play our Jurassic Genius Scavenger Hunt game for special prizes. Assemble our dinosaur skeleton puzzles, toddlers can even match the bones to the correct dinosaur and shop in our store for merchandise. There is something fun and engaging for every age!