Wondering about the Jurassic Quest dinosaur show? My family went with our then 9 year old, and I’ve got all the scoop for you. Because we get a fair amount of traffic to this post, I want to be clear that this show is NOT the same as the BBC dinosaur show, Walking With Dinosaurs, where life like dinosaurs walk around. We have a review of that show (which is AMAZING) here.
If you’re trying to decide whether the Jurassic Quest show is worth it, I hope this review helps! My short answer is, “Yes,” if you have a younger dinosaur lover and you plan your day to avoid the biggest crowds.
Tickets: Adult tickets are 20.00. Regular Kids tickets are 15.00, which includes looking at the exhibit and the coloring/craft station. Ride tickets are available for 5.00 each, or you can get the kids’ VIP level for 23.00 which includes an unlimited amounted of inflatable jumping, dinosaur rides, and the dinosaur dig. The only things not included at this level are the face painting and the green screen photos. Parking is free. Note-this referred to the event we attended. Yours may be different, as this group travels around the country.
Bottom line? Get the VIP ticket for the kids if you go.
When to go: We took Jurassic guy Dan’s advice and went later in the day. When we arrived around 3:30, we were able to walk right up to the exhibits and the dinosaur dig, but there was a pretty good sized line to ride on the dinosaurs and jump. By the time we watched the video and did the dig, it had cleared out considerably, and by 5PM, Henry was able to walk right up to everything. By 6PM the crowd was so light that the gal at the bounce house just let them play as long as they wanted! Dan confirmed that it had been very crowded earlier in the day, which is typical. I think you’ll have a much better experience if you go when the crowds are smaller.
Bottom line? Go during the last three hours of the event.
What to do: We all really enjoyed looking at the dinosaur exhibit. They were well done, and Henry thought it was awesome that their eyes and feet really moved. There are also two areas with dinosaur rides-note that this is mostly about, “Hey, I’m on a dinosaur.” The motion is very slow and limited. Tip: The two in the back had smaller lines than the two in front, although there is a lot of light coming in from the windows, which made it hard to get good pics. Henry also loved the dinosaur dig, which is basically a sandbox with, “Dinosaur,” bones. As silly as this sounds, the kids I saw could have hung out here all day-bring a book! There also several large inflatables, a craft station, a DVD to watch (dinosaur on dinosaur violence), face painting, and a green screen for photos. Oh, and yes, there is a gift shop, though it’s not hard to bypass.
Bottom line? Plenty for young kids to do, so go if you have the flexibility to arrive later in the event and stay for several hours. I would not take kids over 9, and if you take kids younger than 5 be aware that there are some restrictions as to what bouncers they can use, and they must be 3’6″ to do the dinosaur rides. I would try to skip the face painting.
All in all, my family had a great time, and Henry is referring to it as his, “Best day ever.” I really can’t emphasize enough, though, how important it is to time your visit and allow for a good chunk of time, given the ticket pricing. We were there from around 3:30-7PM, and the crowds were small enough that Henry was able to do his favorite things over and over. It also felt like a full day of entertainment by the time we left. I think if you go when it is busier and you have limited time, it will be much harder to feel like you got your money’s worth.
Dan also told me that they will be returning in about six months with bigger dinosaurs and more attractions. I’ll have all the scoop on that right here, naturally.
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Disclosure: My family was provided with tickets to facilitate this review. I was not otherwise compensated, and the opinions and pics are my own.