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Erth's Dinosaur Zoo @ The Arts Centre

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by EricaL (subscribe)
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A unique interactive prehistoric show roars into Melbourne
When we heard that Erth's Dinosaur Zoo would be making its way to The Arts Centre in Melbourne during the summer school holidays, enticing families with the opportunity to touch and feed dinosaurs, we had to take our five year old son along to experience the interactive theatrical show.

Erth's Dinosaur Zoo
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo @ The Arts Centre

Our prehistoric journey began in the lounge of The Art Centre's Fairfax Studio, as eager children were invited to test out their fierce dinosaur roar on a microphone.

Erth's Dinosaur Zoo
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo


We were seated in the intimate auditorium ten minutes prior to the start of the show, greeted with a fairly simple stage set.

Right on cue, Erth's charismatic host introduced himself and informed the audience we were to meet four species of dinosaurs unique to Australia, based on fossils found in our own country.

Erth's Dinosaur Zoo
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo

Our host picked out volunteers from the audience throughout the show who brave enough to encounter each beast that entered the stage. Even though we were told each dinosaur would be manned by puppeteers, to the eyes of a young child they appear as real as if walking onto the set of Jurassic Park. Volunteers were encouraged to stroke, feed and coax the creatures under the guidance of Erth's host.

Erth's Dinosaur Zoo
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo

One child volunteer, evidently unsure of Erth's life-like replica of a prehistoric critter, remained hidden behind one of the actors on stage.

Erth's Dinosaur Zoo
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo

Not all children get to experience a hands-on stage encounter, however, at the end of the show, two adorable big-eyed Leaellynasauras wait in the lounge at the end of the show for those that wish to meet-and-greet a dino, with a chance for a photograph opportunity.

Erth's Dinosaur Zoo
Leaellynasauras Baby Dinosaur

Erth's Dinosaur Zoo is a 50 minute performance is filled with humour, education, and hands-on fun. Puppeteers keep children enthralled, delighted, and a little bit nervous but not too scared.

Parents are amused with comical jokes directed at adults and interesting palaeontology facts. This is a unique activity to do with your children, confirmed by our five year old, who announced "That was really great, I loved the baby dinosaurs the best."
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Why? A unique prehistoric experience for your kids
When: 7 - 19 January, various showing times - 11am, 2pm, 4pm.
Phone: Bookings: 1300 182 183
Where: Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne, located at 100 St Kilda Road
Cost: All tickets $24
Your Comment
This show has come to the UK now; it sounds like a great kids' show.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12470) 2105 days ago
It is a pretty expensive activity in my opinion. But for the dinosaur fans, it's probably a once in a lifetime experience.
by Happy Mom (score: 2|548) 2104 days ago
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