Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live runs at the Broadway Playhouse at
Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut St.) through March
Tickets range $28 to $58 (with some VIP tickets available
for select shows) at 800-775-2000 and
My family checked out Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live at
the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place on opening night
with our 3-year-old son, who often starts his day by saying "65
million years ago, T-Rex was the most ferocious predator on the
planet." Then comes a request for breakfast, usually with the
reminder that he is a "carnivore."
My point is that dinosaurs are a big deal around here. The
interactive show combines science (the facts) with puppetry (the
dinosaurs) and silliness (the Triceratops farts; kids erupt with
laughter.) It was a fun family night and watching the little kids
get so excited was really adorable. I recommend it to anyone who
has a similarly crazed dino lover, but there are a few things to
know before you go:
The show is interactive, which means some kids get pulled
up on stage. And obviously, others don't. This may or may not be a
problem, depending on the age of your kid. Mine raised his hand
every time, and when he wasn't picked said, "Oh, they meant me" and
tried to go up. Older kids weathered this better, some little guys
cried. Just be ready one way or the other.
It's only an hour long, which was great for my toddler's
attention span, but left 8-year-olds
There was more interaction with the dinosaurs than there
was variety of species. The T-Rex covered in feathers brought the
house down, and the Triceratops, prehistoric dragonfly and baby
dinosaurs, but these kids know such a breadth of species that the
handful represented didn't seem like enough. My son, however, had
an explanation. "The stegosaurus was probably sick."
The more affordable tickets will do just fine. There's no
need to pony up for the big ticket seats; the theater
is small enough that there's no bad seat in the house.
All in all, it was an hour of dinosaur fun and my son
Rebecca Little, a native Chicagoan, loves discovering new ways to keep her two very active boys entertained lest they resort to spackling heirloom furniture or flushing toy trains down the toilet - not that those are real examples. Follow her at PinwheelChicago.com.
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