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Learning is all about doing for kids. That's why hands-on interactions are so important. Here are two cool ways for kids to get their hands dirty and learn at the same time in Southeast Wisconsin!

Dino Digs: The Dinosaur Discovery Museum in Kenosha is a true treasure for local families and their dinosaur enthusiast offspring. Not only is it a fun place for kids to see real dinosaur fossils, it's a legit player in the scientific world as well as it's the only museum to focus on the link between meat-eating dinosaurs and birds. The museum's partnership with the Carthage Institute of Paleontology also means there's an actual laboratory on-site.

Kids ages 3 and up have the chance every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. to be scientists themselves as they use paleontologists' tools to dig for fossils at the simulated excavation sites. And, bonus, it's free! Check out museums.kenosha.org/dinosaur for more information.

Gemstone Mining Experience: Start lobbying your kids' teachers now to take part in this super-fun, hand-on learning experience at Apple Holler in Sturtevant.

On this out-of-the-ordinary field trip, Prospector Joe will tell a fun story about the history of mining and Wisconsin geography. After his tale, the kids get the chance to sift through sluice to uncover and identify real fossils, gemstones and minerals. They even get to take home their treasure! Check out appleholler.com for more information.

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