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Paleontologist

Every little boy on Earth and more than a few girls go through a stage where they possess encyclopedic knowledge about dinosaurs. What could be more exciting for them than going on a dinosaur dig? The Museum of Western Coloradooffers half-day, one-day, and three-day digs in western Colorado, as well as a five-day digs in Utah, notes Ogintz. The Smithsonian offers them as well.

And for junior archaeologists, The Crow Canyon Archaeological Centerin Cortez, Colorado offers a weeklong family camp. Kids Can Travel says the many petroglyphs at the oft-overlooked Deer Valley Rock Art Center in Phoenix, Arizona are “nothing short of awesome,” and it frequently offers family programs.

There’s less room to dig on the East Coast, especially in New York City, but fortunately for aspiring archeologists and paleontologists, the American Natural History Museum houses a stellar collection of ancient fossils and artifacts, and Kids Can Travel reports that they have frequently scheduled family programs.

Photo: Museum of Western Colorado