10-11 April 2014
Reviewed by Zoey Caldwell
Having two dinosaur mad boys this seemed like the obvious choice of show for half term entertainment. I had already taken my eldest to the BBC Walking with Dinosaurs show previously but as this show is advertised as 3+ I felt it really would suit us all, including my toddler.
The Royal & Derngate in Northampton is a period building that has undergone modernisation. It is well set out and clearly signed as to where the various entrances, toilets etc… are. The box office was quiet and I managed to collect my tickets quickly.
There is a small cafe, a lobby sweet stall to get your refreshments for the show. All the staff that I approached were friendly, well presented and pleasant.
My children were very excited about seeing the show. I had explained several times to my toddler that the dinosaurs were not real, just puppets. I really wanted him to get the most from this fabulous experience and not be scared.
The show is an Australian show and all the dinosaurs that feature in it have had fossils found there.
The start of the show is the host dressed in safari type clothing engaging with the audience, making us all laugh. Young and old. The first dinosaurs that we met were baby dinosaurs, too cute! The animatronics and timing of the facial expressions of the babies as they were gently stroked and talked to by the team really did seem as if they were real. Several children were selected to go up and meet the babies. They all looked so excited!
The next dinosaur was a flying one, it looked like a giant dragonfly, the handler guided it onto the hand of a gentleman from the audience that had been picked out and playfully chatted to. Once all the facts about this giant creature had been given, several of these flying dinosaurs came into the aisles and above our heads, one landed on the head of the lady in row in front. The children’s whoops and squeals were delightful! As the show went on the dinosaurs got bigger, more mischievous and always lucky audience members got to be interactive with them. All the facts were given in a fun way and visual aids were used when needed. The meat eating dinosaur was very playful and took command of the stage from the moment he stepped out. It really is a great family show. The last dinosaur Titanasaur truly was huge, we only really got to see its head and extremely long neck.
There were laugh out loud moments, awe moments, interesting facts and YUCK moments but the crème de la crème was the fact that after the amazing show finished we got to meet 3 of the dinosaurs in the lobby. The 2 babies and the huge meat eater. My favourite would have to be the babies as they were so very cute! I would say the larger meat eater went down so well with all the children. It was a bit crazy but they loved it! Dinosaur Zoo is great family entertainment!
Dinosaur Zoo Live is on tour around the UK until 25 August 2014: for more information, tour dates or to book tickets visit www.dinosaurzoolive.com.
Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP | Box Office 01604 624811