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Valarie Nunez, paints a dinosaur egg during Dino Quest camp Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at the Mayborn Science Theater.

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Ava McKinzie is excited see what’s inside her dinosaur egg when it “hatches” today.

Ava and about 15 other children painted papier-mache eggs during a three-day Dino Quest camp this week at Central Texas College’s Mayborn Space Theater. Each of the eggs has a surprise dinosaur on the inside.

“I like dinosaurs because they are millions of years old and you can see and learn about them,” said Ava, 9, of Fort Hood. “They have interesting details about them like the T-rex — it has little tiny arms but it can’t grab the food with it. It can only grab the food with its teeth.”

Ava said the hands-on activities were her favorite.

Carroll Beckom, instructor of the class and an assistant at the theater, agreed and said creating the eggs was “definitely a highlight.”

“We have lots of crafts and videos and lots of fun things for them to do,” she said. “It’s a way to learn science in a fun way.”

Ava was happy her friends, Valerie and Norah Nunez, also of Fort Hood, signed up for the camp.

“I like that it’s about animals because it’s my favorite subject. ... Every time someone asks me a question about a dinosaur, I usually know the answer,” said Norah, 9, whose favorite dinosaur is the Spinosaurus. “He has a spine and he kind of rules out what people think is the biggest predator. He’s not found in very many places of the world.”

The dinosaur-themed camp ends today. However, the school will host a Sea Quest camp today through Friday, where children will learn about coral reefs, ocean volcanoes, jellyfish, sharks, sea turtles and whales. Campers also will make an ocean ecosystem in a bottle.

Ava said she planned to attend that camp, too.

“I like the ocean and all the interesting animals in the ocean,” she said.

If you go

Central Texas College offers a “Sea Quest” camp, where children ages 5 to 12 will learn about coral reefs, ocean volcanoes, jellyfish, sharks, sea turtles and whales.

Campers also will make an ocean ecosystem in a bottle.

The camp, which costs $55 per person, is from 1 to 4 p.m. today through Friday at the Mayborn Science Theater on the campus of Central Texas College in Killeen.

Parents can register their children in person from noon to 1 p.m. today.

Contact Sarah Rafique at srafique@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553. Follow her on Twitter at SarahRafique.

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Herald/CATRINA RAWSON

Valarie Nunez, paints a dinosaur egg during Dino Quest camp Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at the Mayborn Science Theater.