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For Cuban entertainers, performing at which venue meant you had “arrived”?
La Zorra y el Cuervo
El Gato Tuerto

Which dinosaur is nicknamed the
duckbill dinosaur?

What is it called when many objects are buried in the same place?
A stash
A collection
A hoard

Cuban Rhythm

Celia CruzThe life and music of Cuban singer Celia Cruz are featured in Azucar! at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, amhistory.si.edu/
. Begin by reading about Her Life from her early days, where she primarily sang on the radio, to her career on stage. Learn how her music changed over time, even including hip-hop in the 1990s. Her Dressing Room reveals her personal style, with unique shoes custom-made for her by the same designer for more than 40 years. Now enjoy her greatest hits and see her perform Her Music.

Play Verb Viper
Verb Viper

Dinosaur Fun

Bucky the T-RexThe Children’s Museum of Indianapolis presents Dinosphere, childrens
. Find dinosaurs you’ve never heard of in Meet Our Dinos. Then head over to the Paleo Lab, where you’ll see that discovering a fossil is just the first step in the long process of Fossil Prep. Are you ready for some games? Play Track the Herd, and try to find your lost family of duckbilled dinosaurs. Building a dinosaur that can actually stand, run and hunt from a pile of parts is not easy! See if you are up to this challenging activity in Construct-a-Saurus.

Experience History

insect sprayTake A Closer Look at famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone in Discover, at the British Museum’s Young Explorers, britishmuseum.org/
. Did you know this famous stone unlocked ancient Egyptian secrets? Before there were banks, people hid their valuables and sometimes buried them to keep them safe. Examine some of these items in Roman Treasure, then see if you can find treasure yourself when you play The Great Dig. The Museum Run is a challenging race against the clock that will have you dodging the guards to see the last few artifacts before the exhibit closes.

Speak Out

Which school subject is
the most challenging?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: How big is the world? — Riley, Spartanburg, S.C.

Dear Riley: There are many different ways to judge how big the world is. For example, you could measure in terms of distance. According to Ask an Astronomer for Kids, coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/cosmic_kids/AskKids/
, the Earth’s circumference is 24,901 miles, and its diameter is 7,926 miles. You could also determine how big Earth is based on mass or volume. Find out Earth’s mass, volume and other cool stats at NASA’s Earth Fact Sheet, nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/factsheet/earthfact.html. Another way to look at the size of the world is by population. Currently, the world population is about 7 billion people.

Dear Amy: How is oil found? — Angela, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Dear Angela: Finding oil isn’t an easy task. Geologists look for areas with the right conditions for oil to form and use a variety of methods to determine its presence, such as seismic surveys or a sensitive electronic nose to “smell” hydrocarbons. To learn more about how oil drilling works, check out


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