BELTON — More than 60 animatronic and museum quality dinosaurs will be set up for viewing — and interacting — at the Bell County Expo Center this weekend.
Opening at noon today, the traveling show invites children and families to get up close to and interact with the exhibits, activities not normally available at museums.
“We’re trying to make it more educational as we go,” said Eric Dornfeld, sales and marketing manager for Blue Star Productions, which runs the exhibit. “It’s a walk-through exhibit. People will go through it, do other things, then go again. You can spend as much time as you like, and there are a lot of great photo opportunities.”
In addition to the dinosaur replicas, activities such as a scavenger hunt, Dino Dig and Dino Theater are included in the admission price, while gem and fossil panning, minigolf and Dino Rides are offered for additional cost.
Visitors are encouraged to get up close and touch some of the displays, which is a cornerstone to the Discover the Dinosaurs event, a news release stated.
“Children love dinosaurs, and Discover the Dinosaurs engages the imaginations of kids to learn, gives them the hands on opportunity to touch a dinosaur, actually ride on the back of a T-rex, and experience other fun activities and attractions that make spending the day with dinosaurs fun for all ages,” the release stated.
The show is geared toward elementary school-age audiences.
“The market is kind of 4- to 12-year-olds,” said Dornfeld, “But that’s not to say people outside that don’t enjoy it.”
Admission is $15 for adults and children 12 years or older, $10 for children between 2 and 11, $10 for visitors older than 65 and free for children younger than 2.
The exhibit will be available at the Expo Center today from noon to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.