Dinosaurs return to fairgrounds

Interactive show meant to educate, entertain

(Photo courtesy of T-Rex Planet)

WATSONVILLE — About 83 million years ago, a massive, flesh-eating dinosaur called Tyrannosaurus rex prowled the land that is now the western portion of the United States.

Also known as T-Rex, the dinosaur has become the best known of a group of 700 known species of flying, flippered and land-dwelling beasts that first made their appearance on Earth some 247 million years ago.

While all dinosaurs went extinct millions of years before humans came onto the scene, about 50 will make an appearance this weekend at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.

That happens thanks to the animatronic magic of T-rex Planet, which bills itself as a North American traveling dinosaur show that strives to make learning about dinosaurs fun and interactive.

The crew creates scenes and decorates to give a realistic vision of the Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous periods.

Kids can pet baby dinosaurs, and attendees are cautioned to watch out for dinosaurs that are strolling around. Visitors can also take part in a fossil dig, ride a dinosaur and meet “Tracy” the T-Rex.

T-Rex Planet is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Tickets are available online or at the door. They are $23 for adults and $28 for kids. People with military IDs and senior citizens receive $3 off.

For information or for tickets, visit www.jurassictour.com.


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