Dinosaurs have never ceased to amaze us all. Being thrust under the spotlight especially by Hollywood, these Mesozoic creatures consistently become the object of scientific fascination, probably due to their possible ferocity and gigantic size that invite wonder and admiration. Every time palaeontologists unearth the remains of dinosaurs, it becomes news.
And what better way can we appreciate these extinct powerful creatures other than experiencing the exhibition called Dinoscovery by Dinosaurs Live at Avenue K? Dinoscovery is Asia Pacific’s first-of-its-kind world-class interactive, edutainment dinosaur exhibition, which sole purpose is to celebrate the budding young palaeontologists.
Dinoscovery encourages children to learn about dinosaurs in a fun and engaging way through 15 hands-on, experiential and highly interactive educational activities. Also, this 13,000 square foot exhibition features 18 reengineered life-size animatronic dinosaurs in true-to-life adventure-like settings including Pteranodon, Velociraptor and people’s favourite, Tyrannosaurus Rex, simply known as T-Rex.
So why do the dinosaurs grip our imagination so tenaciously? What did they eat? How fast could they move? What did they sound like? What colour were they? These are the questions that are not necessarily serious but amusing to learn by both children and adults. As they say, to contemplate on these mysterious creatures is to contemplate on the mysteries of life on Earth. In fact, the 15-minute documentary included in the tour enlightens both children and adults on the last days of the dinosaurs, making visitors feel more knowledgeable as they leave the venue.
The exciting tour begins as soon as the visiting children dress up as Indiana Jones and get their pictures taken in front of a green screen. They are then given a palaeontologist map and a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) band that will aid them in the hunt for dinosaurs and Mesozoic specimens – a journey of discovery full of unique experiences that offer creative learning process for the children. Upon completion of the activity, these aspiring palaeontologists receive a Junior or Expert Palaeontologist certificate at the redemption and merchandising counter.
Other exciting activities include the opportunity for children to use their vivid imagination and embark on their own little adventure such as shooting pesky mosquitoes to save the Diplocuses, excavating fossils at the sand pit, climbing a wall to have a glimpse of a Pteranodon’s nest, handling dinosaur dropping, challenging a Gallimimus in an interactive race, and learning about the evolution of dinosaurs by analysing and comparing present-day animals such as chickens and elephants with dinosaurs as such the Theropod and Sauropod. Plus, they can also ride a baby T-rex for a perfect photo memorabilia.
Tickets for children aged 17 years and below are priced at RM35 for Malaysians and RM50 for non-Malaysians, while tickets for adults are priced at RM25 for Malaysians and RM40 for non-Malaysians. Dinoscovery opening hours are 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekends, including school and public holidays.