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Celebrate South Africa's amazing natural history!

Puppet Planet and the Iziko South African Museum present the Children's Fossil Festival on Saturday 16 December. This event features hands-on activities located in the Stone Bones of the Ancient Karoo exhibit (top floor) in the Museum. See a description of the activities below.


Admission to the Museum and the fossil activities are free on this day! The Iziko South African Museum is located in downtown Cape Town near the Company Gardens. See our map or click here for more information.


Materials are limited so we suggest you come early. Also be aware that we may experience loadshedding at any time that could affect our program. Please consult the ESKOM loadshedding schedule for updates. If an outage occurs we will do our best to accommodate visitors.

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Make your own Lystrosaurus mask and paint fossil casts!

Interact with Iziko researchers, listen to amazing stories and music, and meet our puppets in person!  Visitors can take part in exciting activities in the Stone Bones exhibit - please be aware that loadshedding may affect some of our activities:

  • Meet Thandi, Oogies, Mr. Lystrosaurus, and special guest - Cosmo, the meerkat storyteller!

  • Listen to amazing music from Gershan Lombard and Monwabisi Dasi

  • Be inspired by geological storytelling in isiXhosa with Sinelethu Hashibi and Merrily Tau from the Chosi Ndabazomhlaba Project

  • Take the Lystrosaurus Fossil Challenge - answer all the questions correctly at the six stations in the exhibit and win a free prize!

  • Paint your own fossil casts and make them into a cool necklace

  • Make your own Lystrosaurus mask and learn how they survived a mass extinction

  • Color a Lystrosaurus poster and explore life in the Triassic, 250 million years ago!

  • Experiment making fossil rubbings and impressions

  • See if you can put the supercontinent Pangaea back together and learn Lystrosaurus anatomy

  • Fold your own Origami dinosaur, space ship, or spinner with paper artist Ayanda Aylar!


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