Dinosaur lovers rejoice, Jurassic Quest and Jurassic World Live are invading Vancouver. These two large-scale dino exhibits, on back-to-back weekends, will be here in May.
If your home looks like the Ice Age exploded because there are plastic dinosaurs everywhere, these are the shows you’ll want to take your junior — and maybe no so junior — paleontologists this spring.
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Jurassic Quest – May 12-14, 2023
Jurassic Quest, described as the “largest and most realistic dinosaur exhibit in North America,” is returning to Vancouver and promises to be bigger and better than ever!
The Jurassic Quest herd of animatronic dinos — from the largest predators to playful baby dinos — are displayed in realistic scenes with some that move and roar, allowing guests to experience them as they were when they roamed the earth billions of years ago.
And these animatronic dinosaurs are taking over the Vancouver Convention Centre for one weekend only, May 12 to 14, 2023.
Jurassic Quest works in collaboration with leading paleontologists to ensure each dinosaur is painstakingly replicated in every detail, from coloration to teeth size, to textured skin, fur or feathers, drawing on the latest research about how they understand dinosaurs and how ancient giants of the sea looked and moved.
The exhibit offers fun for the whole family including, life-like dinosaurs, dinosaur rides, live dinosaur shows, interactive science and art activities, bounce houses, inflatable attractions and more. And, new for 2023, there is bringing more hands-on activities, education and fun. This evolution, it includes an expanded Excavation Station and more Jurassic-themed rides and inflatables. Even the animatronic herd has expanded to include fan favorites, the Utahraptor and Giganotosaurus.
Ride a Dinosaur
Jump on a dinosaurs back and hang on tight! Some of the animatronic dinosaurs are available for rides — and kids always find their favourite.
Explore the bounce houses
The large, dinosaur-themed bounce houses are full of roars — of laughter.S ome are designated specifically for small children. (Note: socks are required and sold at the event so no one misses out on the fun.)
Dig for fossils at Jurassic Quest
Paleontologists of all ages are welcome! Uncover ancient secrets, including triceratops and T-rex fossils and more at the science tables.
Create a dino craft
Unleash your creativity! The crafts table is free and open to all. Create you own paper dinosaur, color a dino, or choose from other exciting crafts.
In addition to “The Quest,” a self-guided scavenger hunt style activity where budding paleontologists can become Junior Dinosaur Trainers, Jurassic Quest has launched a new video tour, which features star dino trainers, Safari Sarah, Dino Dustin, Prehistoric Nick and Park Ranger Marty (available onsite and on your phone via QR code). All expanded activities are included with general admission.
Families also have the unique opportunity to meet the dinosaur babies, hatched only at Jurassic Quest, Cammie the Camarasaurus, Tyson the T-Rex, and Trixie the Triceratops.
Year-round Dino Fun Wherever You Are!
Even after the dino herd moves out of town, you can find dinosaur fun at home anytime with Jurassic Quest virtual resources. Join the trainers as they celebrate Dino Day, Fossil Day and more Dino-tastic days with activities such as Dino Storytime, Show & Tell, fossil lessons and more HERE.
Families also can access craft activities, word searches, colouring pages and more provided for free HERE, as well as the extensive Jurassic Quest dino directory. And, the Jurassic Quest theme song HERE is newly remastered with captions so families can sing along.
Jurassic Quest Dinosaur Tickets
Tickets are available online at jurassicquest.ca or on-site. Advance ticket purchase online is recommended to ensure desired date and availability. In the event of a show cancellation or postponement for any reason, ticket purchases will be automatically refunded for the full purchase amount. General admission tickets include access to the dinosaur exhibits, arts and crafts activities, and dinosaur shows. There are rides and activities that require extra tickets available on site, or guests can upgrade to the Kids Unlimited Ticket (the best value for children ages 2-10). Entry is free for children under age two.
Guests can walk through the dinosaur experience at their own pace, and strollers are permitted. Socks are required for inflatable attractions. Some venues may have wheelchairs for use, but please contact the venue in advance to make arrangements.
Jurassic World Live: May 19–21 and May 26–28
What’s better than watching the epic dinosaur movie Jurassic World? Experiencing all that action and adventure in a live tour, complete with 24, true-to-life (as they can make them) dinosaurs.
Jurassic World Live is making its Canadian debut at the Pacific Coliseum this May, when you can join forces with a team of scientists to unravel a corrupt plan and save Jeanie, an all-new dinosaur, from a terrible fate.
Along the way, experience some of Jurassic World’s most iconic dinosaurs including Blue the Raptor, Triceratops, Pteranodons and the mighty T. rex. But, beware, your trip to Isla Nublar takes a terrifying turn after the Indominus rex escapes and causes chaos in the park!
Preshow experience at Jurassic World Live
Get your Jurassic World Live Tour adventure started with a special preshow experience. Get up close and personal with some of your favorite Jurassic World dinosaurs and vehicles! This special pre-show experience includes photo opportunities with Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Baby Bumpy, the Jurassic World Jeep, Gyrosphere, and Utility Terrain Vehicle. Activities subject to change.
Get face-to-face with dinosaurs
You’ll see what your toddler really thinks about stegosaurus in this exclusive, environmental-seating section on the arena floor that puts you and your family in the middle of the adrenaline-pumping adventure.
See Bumpy live at Jurassic World Live Tour
Fan favorite Bumpy, from the DreamWorks Animation Television action-adventure series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, is now in Jurassic World Live Tour. Named for her asymmetrical head bumps, Bumpy is friendly and food motivated. With her accelerated growth rate, this herbivore goes from baby to adult quickly. Don’t miss your chance to see her live.
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