I wanted to do something special on my birthday, which just happened to coincide with the opening of Jurassic World: The Exhibition at the Field Museum! Perfect! When I was little, I dreamed of being a paleontologist and have always had a love and fascination with dinosaurs.
I forced my poor husband to take me to both Jurassic Park exhibits in Orlando and Los Angeles. The Jurassic Park: The Ride (at Universal Studios Hollywood, enjoy the ride here) and Jurassic Park River Adventure (at Universal Orlando Resort, enjoy the ride here) are both water-based amusement rides based on the Steven Spielberg Film "Jurassic Park" and Michael Crichton's novel. They were both fun at the time even though the magical aspect disappeared when you could see the wiring beneath the dinosaurs' necks due to the "skin" not quite covering the stalk.
HOWEVER, this is definitely NOT the case with Jurassic World: The Exhibition. This experience is so realistic, it caused little kids to scream. (This is a warning for itty, bitty kids). The total immersion begins with the boat ride to the mythical island of Isla Nublar where you truly feel like dinosaurs could still exist. And the surprises never end, right up to the moment you exit. (See videos here and here).
Created in close collaboration with renowned paleontologist Jack Horner, the Exhibition is infused with interactive educational elements—drawn from the real-world science of dinosaur DNA that allowed Jurassic World to come to life.
As a lover of all things dinosaur and a born cynic, this exhibit ticked off all my boxes. I wish I could experience this sense of wonder all over again.
Granted, it's pricey--all-access tickets are $50 for adults, $35 for kids and $45 for seniors and students. Evening pricing is lower-- $25 for adults, $20 for kids and $22 for seniors/students.
And, of course, you can't leave without purchasing the "scary" T-Rex photo that everyone has taken for $25! (Parking was $22)
For ticket info and details, click here. Runs through January 7, 2018. ROARRRRRR!!!