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.
Disclaimer-This post was also written shortly after we went in 2014, so you should expect ticket prices and some attractions to be different.
Update-This show is also NOT the same as the Jurassic Tour, which is currently going around. In my opinion, they do look similar, but the owner of Jurassic Quest is Really Clear that it is not. I can’t speak to Jurassic Tour, but you may want to look at Yelp reviews for that one, as a lot of them are not good. I do think some of the tips I have here would probably work for both events, but I’m just guessing and can only personally speak to my experience at Jurassic Quest. Back to that now-
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. At least on our visit, I thought most attractions would not hold the interest of older kids. You also want to make sure that you time it carefully so you aren’t just standing in line. Again, all my opinions only, but hopefully the photos and our review will help you decide for yourself. You may also want to read through the many comments left on this post one the years.
Tickets: This info. is from their site related to the Puyallup event December 28th-29th. Yours may be different.
- Hours: Sat: 9am – 8pm; Sun, 9am – 7pm
- Location: Matress Firm ShowPlex – Enter at Blue Gate
Kids (2-12) – $24 / VIP Kids (2-12): $36
Adults (13-64) – $24
Seniors 65 & older – $22
Kids 2 and under are FREE
- Website: www.jurassicquest.com
Includes The Dinosaur Exhibit, The Baby Dinosaur Show, The Walking Dinosaur Show, The Dino Tour, Dino Cinema, Science Station, and Crafts & Coloring Station!
Activity Tickets must be purchased at the Tickets For Activities booth inside the event in order for them to do the Dinosaur Rides, Inflatables, and VIP activities. Activity Tickets are $5 each and each ticket counts for one turn on one ride or activity.
VIP Ticket: Get Unlimited Rides & Activities!
Includes The Dinosaur Exhibit, The Baby Dinosaur Show, The Walking Dinosaur Show, The Dino Tour, Dinosaur Rides, Dino Bounce Houses, Bungee Pull, Fossil Dig, Jurassic Jeeps, Dino Scooters (for ages 3 & under), Excavation Station (One Turn Per VIP Ticket), Dino Cinema, Crafts & Coloring Station, Science Station, and more!
The only activities NOT included in the VIP ticket are Face Painting and Green Screen Photography, which require Activity Tickets that are purchased at the Tickets For Activities booth inside the event.
Bottom line? SFM recommends you 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.
Since this was post was first published, folks from around the country have live comments about their experiences, and they’ve been a real mix! Do take a minute to read them. I hope this post helped you if you’ve been trying to decide whether to attend this event.
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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.