Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dino Roars

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This past rainy weekend, I really wanted to get out of the house and do something fun, just Sara and I. I had been checking around on Facebook events, and found something that looked really interesting! It was called Jurassic Tour, and it was at a fairground near our house!

Jurassic Tour is a traveling exhibit with life sized animatronic dinosaurs, games, rides, and a bouncy castle. It was perfect for an afternoon outing, so on Saturday afternoon, I packed up Sara and we set off for Monroe and the Evergreen State Fairgrounds.

When we got there, I didn't expect it to be as busy as it was. There was a long line of cars waiting to get in, so it took a bit of time to find a parking space. Also, when we left home, which was just 15 minutes away, the sun had come out, and it had warmed up a little, so I decided not to take a jacket. Big Mistake! As soon as I got in line to buy tickets, the sky darkened up, and it suddenly began to pour out! And then hail! Hard! And here I was in my short sleeved shirt getting soaked. Luckily Sara's stroller has a nice cover on it, and I dressed her warmly, so she was fine.  But since I was in the cash only line, it went fast and I was able to get our tickets before I drowned!

Once we were inside, they had the front part of the building set up with all of the coolest looking moving dinosaurs! Sara was completely enthralled, and just loved looking at them! She particularly loved the Duckbills and their babies!

We eventually made our way all around the front of the exhibit looking at all of the different kinds of dinosaurs, but Sara loved the Duckbills so much, she kept asking to go back to them, so we did. After watching them for awhile, I took Sara to the back side of the hall where the games and rides were. 

They had a cool virtual reality ride, and dinosaur rides on some big animatronic dinos, but Sara was too small for that. Instead, I found something that was more her size, riding baby dinosaurs! She really had fun doing that, and we went back several more times while we were there. Another fun attraction for tots was digging for fossils. I sat Sara down in the sand pit, gave her a brush, and let her have at it! She absolutely loved it! 

Next, we walked through the gift shop, watched the Dino Band, and watched some of the bigger kids playing the big kid games and jumping in the bouncy house. We also stopped to take a look at a full sized Triceratops skull, which was huge! And very cool!

Before leaving, we went back out to the front to take a look at Sara's favorite Duckbill and the others again. She just loved watching them move around. They must have looked absolutely gigantic to her!

We headed home after that, and we definitely had a fun afternoon! The Jurassic Tour exhibit is traveling all over the country, and is usually in multiple locations in a particular area at once (The same exhibit was in Puyallup too.) If you happen to see it in your area, I'd definitely recommend it! Its fun for little and big kids, and for the grown ups too! 


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