We recently got Pumpkin a book about Dinosaurs. She’s in love. She wants to see every Dinosaur in the book, but I think she understands that Dinos don’t exist anymore. What she does understand is that there are ways to still see a Dinosaur and one of those ways is currently at the Los Angeles Zoo.
The Dino exhibit is at the front entrance of the zoo. So it’s easy to tackle right away which is good to do because it does close an hour before the park does. The Dino exhibit also has a $5 extra charge on top of LA Zoo admission.
The area consists of 17 animatronic dinosaurs that move and make sounds. Some do something a little bit extra but I’m going to let that be a surprise. There is also a fossil dig,a place for selfies, and you could also use the Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo app to open an Augmented Reality experience.
I enjoyed that they had Dinosaurs I was not familiar with. Each dino had information about the Dinosaur and in-between areas had fun facts. A little hard to get through to a three year old, but I can see how older kids can still enjoy the exhibit.
Only a couple words of advice. Try to go early because there is very little shade and it gets HOT. I felt quite dizzy at times and thought I was going to pass out. Luckily, right outside the exhibit is a condor play area and it’s air conditioned. I sat on a piece of wood until I felt better. Make sure you bring lots of water with you!
The other thing is that there is a part of the exhibit that is a T-Rex that had just attacked a Triceratops. The Triceratops is still breathing and there is painted blood by the bite. We sort of went past that quickly, as I tried to explain the Circle of life. But it was jarring and possibly a bit more violent that I would have liked to turn the corner to.
We had a great time at the Dino Exhibit and at the LA Zoo! Although give yourself more than an afternoon to go through the park. Definitely was not enough time!