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WA Museum: Jurassic July

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Image - (c) Erth's Dinosaur Petting Zoo
Jurassic July! (c) Erth's Dinosaur Petting Zoo

My partner and I are huge dinosaur fanatics and when we heard that the WA Museum was going to not only be hosting the Erth's Dinosaur Petting Zoo, but also celebrating Jurassic July, we just had to go.

We got to the museum early to see one of the 10am Petting Zoo shows, where we were welcomed by the sound of intriguing music coming from the wonderful fully interactive musical instrument display, located to the left of the museum's entrance.

When we entered the lobby we were delighted to see a model of a giant carnivorous dinosaur, which everybody was posing in front of taking each other's photos, then the friendly and very helpful staff showed us through to the theatre, where we easily found our seats.

The show was extremely fun and interactive, not just for the kids, as the host of the show slipped in a few things for the adults too and educated the audience about creatures of the past and about the proper way to approach the animals of today, the cast were full of energy and the dinosaur puppetry was so lifelike, it almost felt like we had traveled back in time.

Image - (c) Erth's Dinosaur Petting Zoo
Erth's Dinosaur Petting Zoo

We met all sorts of prehistoric creatures from baby dinosaurs to giant bugs.

All of the puppets featured in the show were based on ancient creatures discovered in Australia, so unfortunately there wasn't a T-Rex, but we did get to see its Aussie cousin, who was a big hungry dinosaur, which was hilarious for the adults in the audience when it got all the kids freaking out, in a fun way of course.

This show goes for an hour and ends with the baby dinosaurs making a second appearance, where the audience members are invited to come and pat them and if you have a camera, even get photos taken with them.

While you're there you can also check out the gift shop, the Jurassic July exhibition, with its giant dino-jigsaw and features the craft-o-saurus corner for the kids.

There are also plenty of other exhibitions on display, including the Rock Breakers display, which tells the tales of Fremantle Prison and the Old Perth Gaol during the 1880s, the Kiss My Camera photography exhibition, which is a series of photos of musicians, live in concert, taken by local photographers and the ANZANG Nature Photography exhibition which is just amazing.

At the end of your visit, if you're still in a dino-mood, you could check out the Australian Geographic shop, just a short walk away, in the city, where they have a display of a large dinosaur breaking through the wall and lots of quirky dinosaur products for sale.

Image - (c) WA Museum

Erth's Dinosaur Petting Zoo has a running time of approximately an hour and tickets can be easily be purchased online.

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Why? Because it's the best dinosaur show to come to Perth in years!
When: During running times
Phone: 9427 2877
Where: Western Australian Museum
Cost: $15
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