So, a couple weeks ago, I saw a poster for the DinosAlive exhibition, that is making its way to Port Elizabeth. Being a dino-loving family, I was dead set on taking my boys, so you best know that when the organizers contacted me to attend the opening event, I was like hell-to-the-T-Rex!
No, but seriously! I find it fascinating how much my 3-year old loves dinosaurs and I cannot wait to take his dino-loving face to see the exhibition. Better yet, you can join too!
The thrilling DinosAlive exhibition is on its way to Port Elizabeth, to showcase its astounding collection of animatronic dinosaurs. The exhibition will be open from 18 November until 07 January at Baywest Mall.
Baywest Mall marketing manager Lindsay Steele says the shopping centre is proud and excited to be bringing South Africa’s biggest and best dinosaur exhibition to Nelson Mandela Bay.
“This is the real deal and a first for PE. This exhibition offers real value for money and an unforgettable encounter with these prehistoric ‘creatures’,” says Steele.
Featuring 25 animatronic dinosaurs that can move their limbs, blink and emit lifelike sounds, this educational showcase is not only fun for the whole family but educational too.
“We are very excited about travelling with our dinosaurs to Port Elizabeth for the first time. There is always excitement from the children when they see the ‘real life’ dinosaurs for the first time. There is so much for them to see and to do that they just can’t contain themselves,” says Etienne Schlechter, Director of Expo Africa and organiser of the event.
Among these 25 different model dinosaurs that will be on show at Baywest Mall, visitors can expect to see the familiar faces like the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops. If you’re a dinosaur lover, you’ll be able to spot more obscure names like the Spinosaurus and Ankylosaurus on show too.
Even if you aren’t that clued up on dinosaur trivia, there is ample information available all around the exhibition on information boards. These boards explain the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods in full detail in a fun and interactive way.
The children can really get up close and personal with the Apatosaurus and go for a ride on his back, or become any dinosaur they want to be at the face painting station. If it is realism that they are after, take them to the excavation sand pit where they can get their hands dirty digging up the ‘real’ bones of these ancient animals.
New elements at the exhibition include the Dino Tablet games, Timmy the baby Dinosaur, and our Dino Ranger Badges for the kids.
“We try to make the experience just as fun for the adults as we do for the children, so we have the Dino movie room and fossil display that the grown-ups can really get stuck into. Our animatronic dinosaurs are always a hit across the board because even as an adult coming eye to eye with these majestic beasts is exciting,” Schlechter continues.
Finally, pop by the DinosAlive merchandise shop and buy a souvenir to bring home. Last but not least, there is a jumping castle, drawing tables and photo eggs to enjoy.
DinosAlive will be open daily from 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Sunday. Don’t miss out on this amazing adventure for the whole family during the school holiday at Baywest Mall. Ticket prices are R 75 per person and tickets are available at Computicket.
DinosAlive has kindly partnered with me to give my readers the chance to WIN 2 tickets to attend the exhibition. To enter, simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below.
(Competition opens on the 21st of October and closes on the 31st of October, winner(s) will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to claim prize.)