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by Dianna Ranere

Camp Croods | FREE Virtual Museum Events

To celebrate the release of The Croods: A New Age to Digital (2/9) and Blu-ray (2/23) Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has partnered with the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History for an interactive virtual field trip event.

Families will have the chance to meet real-life paleontologists and archaeologists, participate in DIY art projects, explore virtual tar pits (La Brea Tar Pits camp), take a virtual tour of the Human Origins exhibition (NMNH camp) and experience drawing demonstrations that bring the fan-favorite prehistoric Croods characters to life.

Photo: Universal

I had the opportunity to attend Camp Croods at La Brea Tar Pits and had a blast! We had the distinct pleasure of meeting Laura, a real-life paleontologist who spoke to us about the tar pits and the fossils that have been found there.

Photo: Universal

We also learned step by step how to draw Chunky from Dreamworks story artist Heidi Jo Gilbert. This was such a fun experience and the kids in attendance (and even the adults) loved it! Next, we had a couple of educators from the museum teach us how to make our own puppet, again, the kids just loved it! Last but not least, we learned about the puppets that the museum uses to help educate the visitors, like Nibbles the saber-tooth cat.

“Bringing the world of The Croods to life with the help of these two distinguished museums within an exclusive setting is a truly unique opportunity that we are pleased to share virtually with families and kids,” said Hilary Hoffman, Executive Vice President – Global Marketing, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. “As time-honored brands for research, discovery and exhibition, La Brea Tar Pits and the Smithsonian continue to develop entertaining and engaging programs for kids making them the ideal partners to celebrate the home entertainment release of The Croods: A New Age, the must-own family movie of the year.”

Photo: Universal

“This collaboration is a great opportunity to showcase the ways in which art and science intersect,” said Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga, President and Director of the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County, “while at the same time introducing families to La Brea Tar Pits, the world’s only active paleontological research facility in a major urban area. We are grateful to Universal and DreamWorks for helping us provide campers with a new way to see science in action and encourage them to keep exploring the world around them—be it through
paleontology or animation.”

“We are excited to join with Universal and DreamWorks to take visitors to Camp Croods on a journey back in time to explore the evidence scientists use to understand the lives of early humans,” said Dr. Kirk Johnson, Sant Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. “Campers will embark on a virtual tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Human Origins which examines the lives and environments of our earliest ancestors and considers the notion of what it means to be human.”

You can attend too, just click on the Program Dates to register for FREE:

Camp Croods at La Brea Tar Pits
● Thursday, February 11, 2021, 3pm – 4:30pm PT
● Saturday, February 13, 2021, 10 – 11:30am PT

FREE. Registration required. RSVP at tarpits.org/campcroods.


Camp Croods at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
● Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 6pm – 7pm ET

FREE. Registration required. https://naturalhistory.si.edu/


(CNS photo/Universal)

The Croods: A New Age is available now on Digital and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray
and DVD February 23, 2021 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.