Dino 101 - Atlas Obscura Experiences

Dino 101

1 hour
$10 per device
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$10 per device
$10 per person
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What We’ll Do

Dino 101 is a live, adults-only experience replete with drinking games, ridiculous audience polls, interactive missions, "art" challenges, expert guests, and very real prizes. Part party, part class, Dino 101 is always 100% ridiculous adventure.

Join Dustin Growick, host of the YouTube channel The Dinosaur Show,, and leader of Atlas Obscura's Dinos and Dunes in the Colorado Desert trip, and Kristina Gustovich, middle school teacher, geologist, and museum megastan, every Friday night at 9pm EST for an experience 66 million years in the making.

Since we'll be participating from the safety of our homes, drinking and learning is very encouraged! The very first thing we'll do is intro the week's special topic, guest, and Dino of the Day... which—should you chose—you can draw to win a prize. Next, it's time for everyone's favorite game, Dino or Not a Dino?!, in which we'll put your dinosaur knowledge AND bullshit detection to the test. We'll then do a quick deep dive into the dino-related topic of the day, with the help of our very special guestpert in the field. Pepper in a mini-scavenger hunt and some irreverent pop culture and paleontology trivia (e.g. Did T. rex have feathers?; Which Jurassic Park movie was the worst?; How big was a Brontosaurus penis?), and you've got pretty much the best reason ever to stay in on a Friday night.

Only one question remains: are you nerd enough to join the dino quaramteam?!

Don't miss any of our upcoming shows: 

April 23: MASCOT MADNESS w/ Sarah Baicker

LET'S GET READY TO ZOOMBLE! Former NBC Sports commentator Sarah Baicker joins us to break down the absolute best dinosaur (and other extinct animal) mascots from around the world. From Velociraptor to Smilodon to wooly mammoths, YOUR votes will determine which team will reign supreme.

April 30: DINOSAUR FASHION w/ Vanessa Hill

Vanessa Hill is the host of Brain Craft and Sleeping With Friends, a huge dino stan, and—perhaps most importantly—a fashion icon. So don your best dino garb for a Mesozoic fashion show and a deep dive into the psychology, politics, and pitfalls of appearance as an educator and science communicator.

May 7: DINOSAUR WORLD TOUR w/ Dr. Dean Lomax

Grab your passport and pith helmet as Dr. Dean Lomax—author of Locked in Time: Animal Behavior Unearthed in 50 Extraordinary Fossils—takes us on a worldwide tour of some of the most incredible—and informative—fossils ever discovered. PLUS A BOOK GIVEAWAY!

May 14: DINOSAURS I'D LIKE TO FIND w/ Dr. Shaena Montanari

What's cooler than finding a dinosaur fossil? Finding a dinosaur fossil that's completely new to both science and our imaginations. Dr. Shaena Montanari—a paleontologist who's scoured the globe in search of the dopest fossils—helps us explore our most speculative Dinosaurs I'd Like to Find.

May 21: DINOSAUR PROM w/ Maynard Okereke

As our Dino 101 coursework winds down, the time has come for a coming-of-age celebration in which YOUR votes elect a dinosaur prom court. Don your best dino tux or dress, hop in a (Zoom) limo and join our Prom DJ and master of ceremonies, hip-hop MD himself, Maynard Okereke, for an enchanted night of dinosaur extravagance.

May 28: FINAL EXAM w/ top secret special guestperts!

You've been studying hard all semester, your attendance game has been on point, and now the time has come to put your dino knowledge and horrible dad joke acumen to the test. Join us for one last celebration of both YOU, fair classmates, and of the objectively greatest group of animals to ever exist. Oh god, here come the waterworks...

About Your Host
Dustin Growick & Kristina Gustovich
Dustin Growick & Kristina Gustovich

Dustin Growick is the host of the YouTube channel The Dinosaur Show, and leader of Atlas Obscura's Dinos and Dunes in the Colorado Desert trip,

Kristina Gustovich is a middle school teacher, geologist, improviser, and museum megastan.

What Else You Should Know

Once registered, you can access a Zoom room 65 million years in the making for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account.

This online experience will be recorded. A temporary link to the recording will be provided in a follow-up email to all ticket holders within 72 hours after the event. Access to this recording will be available for seven days.

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