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Get down with dinosaurs this January
If your kids have hit the holiday entertainment post-Christmas wall then I have a solution that will positively enchant them and more importantly, won't break the bank. What child over the age of 5 could resist an opportunity to get down with dinosaurs at QPAC these summer holidays?
They're large, powerful, predatory and just a bit scary and you can get up close and personal with a host of fascinating prehistoric creatures, courtesy of the creative talents of the people at Erth Visual and Physical Inc. Following the sold-out successes of their hugely popular Dinosaur Petting Zoo shows in 2013 and 2014 they're back with more ferocious fun with Erth's Dinosaur Zoo in January 2015.
These dinosaurs may not be alive but I can vouch for the fact that they're incredibly lifelike and realistic. They're an amazing mix of science, design and electronics, and have been created in consultation with paleontologists. But it's not all about the state-of-the-art, life-size puppets themselves. The puppetry and performance behind them is seamless and masterful.
I took my then 3 year old grandson to the Dinosaur Petting Zoo in 2013 and I guarantee that you will be so caught up in the whole performance that you will almost forget that these colossal creatures aren't real. My grandson was transfixed and just a little terrified (a great entertainment combination for kids) and could not resist the opportunity to pat a baby dinosaur. This is interactive theatre at its very best.
QPAC's Cremorne Theatre will be transformed into a mini Jurassic Park for two weeks. The shows include some regular dinosaur crowd favourites and will also introduce audiences to some lesser-known Australian dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures like the cute baby Dryosaur, the giant primitive dragonfly Meganeura and Australian dinosaurs like the herbivorous, large-eyed Leaellynasaura.
You will need to get in quickly because some sessions are already sold out.
In a move to be applauded there will be two sensory friendly performances on Tuesday 13 January. These performance sessions are specifically designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, vision impairment or other sensory, social or learning disabilities that create sensory sensitivities.
Dates: From Sunday 4 January to Sunday 20 January 2015. Times: Show times are 9.30am, 12noon and 2.30pm. Each performance lasts for 50 minutes. Venue: QPAC, Cremorne Theatre Tickets: May be purchased online here. All tickets are General Admission Cost: General Admission tickets are $25 each or $20 each for groups of 4 or more.