Dinosaurs Alive! Returns to Brookfield Zoo with Feathered Family Fun

Photo courtesy of Rachel Kramer, rkramer62 on Flickr

Photo courtesy of Rachel Kramer, rkramer62 on Flickr

Check out some prehistoric fun as dinosaurs return to the Brookfield Zoo this weekend, at the Dinosaurs Alive! Exhibit. If you missed this exhibit a few years ago, don’t miss out again as it returns for the 2013 season.

The exhibit is nestled in a wooded trail and provides up-close and personal views of life-sized prehistoric beasts. The zoo boasts that the exhibit is bigger and badder than ever, and it features critters such as the Triceratops and feathered dinosaurs.

There will be 24 different animatronic dinos to discover, and a Feathers and Fossils tent that showcases recent dinosaur finds and birds closely related to dinos. The display also provides information on new discoveries that strongly suggest many dinosaurs were covered in feathers and raised their young in a manner similar to how birds do.

Kids can also dig for fossils and learn about how paleontologists work at the Dino Dig Station sponsored by JULIE. The exhibit will also touch on climate change and how dinosaurs are still relevant in our world today.

The zoo will have also have a Shantungosaurus, which was the largest creature to ever walk on two feet, towering over Roosevelt Fountain. If you come with a dino crazy kid, there will be no escaping the presence of the dinos in the zoo, so be prepared to cough up the admission for the exhibit.

In addition to standard zoo admission, the Dinosaurs Alive! exhibit is $5 per adult and $3 per child and seniors over 65. The exhibit opens this weekend and will remain at the zoo throughout the season. For more information on this exhibit, visit: http://www.brookfieldzoo.org/CZS/Dinosaurs-Alive

Brookfield Zoo is also debuting a new “Zooper Fun Pass” this month, which allows you to return all season for the cost of one day’s admission. However, this may not be a better deal for your family depending on your family’s size. For a family of four, this comes out to $112 while a family plus zoo membership pass is only $115 and includes discounts and free parking, dolphin show, tram and guest tickets. For more information on zoo membership visit: http://www.czs.org/czs/membership


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