Walking With Dinosaurs

Growing up I wanted more than anything in the world to become paleontologist. Then I enrolled (and failed miserably) in an introductory geology course and grudgingly came to the conclusion that an alternate career path was necessary. But I can still live out some of my prehistoric fantasies, thanks to Walking With Dinosaurs. The arena show based on the BBC documentary series of the same name features full-size animatronic dinosaurs doing well, awesome dinosaur things like soaring through skies and hunting for prey. And I’m not talking about cheesy museum dinosaurs. These are freakishly lifelike models—including a 56 foot-long Brachiosaurus—that took a whopping $20 million to create. You can actually see their muscles ripple as they move with surprising agility. The larger creatures can be easily viewed from upper level seating, but diehard dino-philes will want to splurge for floor seats so they can be close to the action. Because you know that some serious shit is about to go down as soon as the T-Rex makes an entrance. ERIKA HOBART

April 29-May 1, 11 a.m., 3 & 7 p.m.; Sat., May 2, 1 & 5 p.m., 2009

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