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.
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.
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 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."