Describing the incredible size of dinosaurs to kids can be a
challenge. If you want to give your kids a more realistic chance to
see how they measure up with a life-size dinosaur, head to
Brookfield Zoo for its new Dinosaurs Alive! exhibit.
Eighteen prehistoric, animatronic creatures will be displayed
beginning April 4 and continuing through October. The exhibit,
adjacent to the Children's Zoo, will host dinosaurs ranging from a
4-foot-tall "baby" to adult-size species, all dating from the
Jurassic and Cretaceous periods 200 to 65 million years ago.
But don't worry-in spite of their overwhelming size, the
exhibits are designed with children in mind.
"Our exhibit is not meant to provoke terror; it's meant for
families to have a really fun time," says Angela Sullivan, director
of strategic initiatives at the zoo. "There is sound, but it won't
Sixteen of the dinos, including life-size replicas of the
spiky-spined Stegosaurus, three-horned Triceratops, flying
Pteranodon and the meat-eating Tyrannosaurus rex, can be viewed
along a wooded paved path. Zoo visitors will be able to manipulate
four of the dinos from interactive remote-control consoles.
Kids can also get their hands dirty being a paleontologist at an
interactive dig site, where they can unearth replica fossils.
Admission to Dinosaurs Alive! is $5, $3 kids 3-11 and seniors.
General zoo admission is $12, $8 kids and seniors. Kids 2 and under
are admitted free. Parking is $8. The zoo is located off First
Avenue and 31st Street in Brookfield. For more information call
(708) 688-8400 or www.czs.org.
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