What happens when the coronavirus shuts down attractions like the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) and the Cincinnati Zoo? These nonprofits try to stay connected with their members and fans in relevant ways, of course.

The Cincinnati Zoo now features an online Wildlife Safari at 3 p.m. every day, featuring a different animal and its zookeeper, as well as a “project” for young viewers. HMNS is also taking steps to stay connected with its members and I’m thrilled to say that my newest book, Big Adventures with Dino Dave, was part of their efforts.

I had the honor of writing this book for HMNS, which features their Associate Curator of Paleontology David Temple as the main character. Several of the museum’s key dinosaur exhibits are also “stars” of the book, including Dipsy the Diplodocus, Wyrex the T-rex and Meg the Megalodon. I got to shadow David for several days, learning about the Morian Hall of Paleontology and developing a story that would provide a deeper connection between children and the museum.

This week, HMNS distributed a video of David Temple reading Big Adventures With Dino Dave via Facebook. And while we don’t know when the museum will reopen, we know that each time the video is viewed, HMNS is connecting with a homebound family during the coronavirus lockdown. We’re providing parents with an educational and entertaining moment to share with their children.

If you’re interested in learning more about having Holly Bea write a children’s book about your museum and its unique exhibits, contact her today. It’s a great way to create meaningful connections between your museum and valued members and guests.