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.

Contact Audrey Spencer at or (254) 501-7476

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My family attended the Dinosaur Exhibit yesterday in Belton. First of all we stood in line for 1 1/2 hours just to get in the building but stood our ground because of the image presented by this newspaper. Then there were employees walking by the lines saying if we bought our tickets on line there would be no waiting. We didn't know this could be done or we'd have done that at home before we left. Our first clue should have been to question a family about entering and turning right back around and leaving. His response was let's go somewhere else where we can spend a lot of money for nothing. He was correct. The temperature in the entrance (buy ticket $75 for 3 adults and 3 kids) room was sickening hot. People were asking why the air conditioning or at the very least the draw fans were not working...with the response being that the circulating air would blow the exhibits down. We'd paid our money so we continued through the oven to the store and game events were. I stood in line another hour plus in the line to get our grandkids faces painted...still sweating...then giving up because we had not even completed the 1st line. They had TWO very talented people doing the artwork (and doing a very good job), but there were at least 50 people in line..we gave up on this booth and headed for the jumping games..only to see posters at the entrance to that event saying we needed socks and tickets. We headed for the ticket booths and stood in line another time. The ladiy selling tickets looked like she was about to pass out..totally sweat soaked. Bought tickets ($60 worth for three kids to do 3 events) and went back to the jumping exihibit and another hour plus going through the line to get to jump for 10 minutes. Our grandkids were exhausted and wringing wet with sweat so we decided it was time to go. We will not attend another event of this nature in Belton. I thought I had checked this event out before we went...obviously I didn't check thoroughly enough.

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