(East London) – Prehistoric creatures will come alive – in visitors’ imaginations – when South Africa’s biggest animatronic dinosaur exhibition comes to Hemingways Mall for the first time on Saturday.
The DinosAlive exhibition, which runs from September 23 to October 30, promises to be a family-friendly showcase of 25 animatronic dinosaurs including the familiar Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops as well as lesser-known creatures such as the Spinosaurus and Ankylosaurus. Each of the models is able to move their limbs, blink and emit lifelike sounds.
Hemingways Mall marketing manager Estee Roos said the centre was thrilled to welcome the national exhibition to the city.
“DinosAlive is the biggest expo of its kind in South Africa. There have been some smaller, copycat players entering the market recently but this is the real deal, offering value-for-money family entertainment on a grand scale.”
Roos said centre management had been hard at work preparing the basement parking area, which had the necessary double-volume height to accommodate the gigantic displays.
“We are very excited about travelling with our dinosaurs to East London for the first time,” added Expo Africa director and event organiser Etienne Schlechter.
“There is always excitement from the children when they see the ‘real life’ dinosaurs. They can really get up close and personal with the Apatosaurus and go for a ride on his back, or become any dinosaur they want to be at the face painting station. If it is realism that they are after, take them to the excavation sand pit where they can get their hands dirty digging up the ‘real’ bones of these ancient animals.”
Schlechter said detailed information boards throughout the exhibition explained the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods in a fun and interactive way. He said new elements included dino tablet games and Timmy the baby dinosaur.
“We try to make the experience just as fun for the adults as we do for the children, so we have the dino movie room and fossil display that the grown-ups can really get stuck into,” said Schlechter.
Alive will be open from 9am to 5pm seven days a week. Tickets cost R75 per person and are available at Computicket.
For more information visit www.dinosalive.co.za or follow Hemingways Mall on Facebook.