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‘Dino Summer’ at Smithsonian’s National Zoo
An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until August 31, 2019
This summer visitors can travel back millions of years as the Smithsonian’s National Zoo presents a “Dino Summer” featuring two dinosaur experiences of prehistoric proportions — “Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live,” an experiential theater production featuring a larger-than-life cast of dinosaur puppets, and “DinoRoars,” an outdoor exhibit of six massive animatronic dinosaurs that move and roar.
Visitors will be able to look up and listen as the roar of a 39-foot-long T. rex joins the symphony of Zoo animal chirps, squawks and chuffs. “DinoRoars” will be unextinct from June 1 to Aug. 31 and feature life-size animatronic interpretations of dinosaurs. On exhibit will be Compsognathus, Dilophosaurus, Parasaurolophus and babies, Stegosaurus and baby, Quetzalcoatlus and babies and T. rex. Each dinosaur is fitted with electronic brains to activate and control movements and produce the sounds. Admission to the Zoo and “DinoRoars” is free.
Opening June 1, “Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live” takes audiences on a prehistoric journey into a new dimension where they get to meet a menagerie of insects and dinosaurs that roamed the planet millions of years ago. Featuring life-sized dinosaur puppets brought to life by sophisticated design and theatrical presentation and puppet mastery, these amazingly life-like dinosaur recreations connect children to paleontology and according to The New York Times deliver “solid science as well an extraordinary spectacle.” This interactive production features 19 dinosaurs on stage including Triceratops, T. rex, Megneura, Leaellynasaura, Titanosaur and more.
“Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live” will perform 30-minute shows at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday in the Zoo’s indoor air-conditioned Visitor Center Theater. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children, with discounts available for FONZ members and groups of four or more via a “four-asauras” ticket pack. An exclusive photo experience with a dinosaur puppet wi
ll also be available and built into “four-asaurus” ticket packs. Group tickets are also available. Tickets go on sale May 8 to the general public and May 1 to FONZ members.
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