Paradoxically reptilian and huggable, this infant T. rex puppet from the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Mont., has plush yet credibly scaly skin crafted from synthetic fabrics (10 inches, $22). Slip in a hand to make the wide-eyed hatchling pop from its egg. On June 9, as part of its 50th anniversary gala, the museum is celebrating the opening of a new Hall of Giants with its Dinosaur Festival. (406) 994-2251, www.museumoftherockies.org .
Photography by Lynn Donaldson
This article was first published in May 2007. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.