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In photos: Life-size dinosaurs take over convention centre

Travel back billions of years and get up close with Jurassic Quest’s animatronic giants built in painstakingly realistic detail.

You’ll be as close as you’ll ever get to walking the earth with dinosaurs when Jurassic Quest’s realistic, life-size creatures rumble into town.

The show features a herd of life-like moving and roaring dinosaurs, themed rides and attractions, live dinosaur shows, interactive science and art activities including a giant fossil dig, real fossils like T-Rex teeth and a triceratops horn, the Raptor Run where the brave race against a Utah raptor, and Rope-a-Raptor where visitors can learn to wrangle a stray dinosaur.

“The Quest” itself is a self-guided scavenger hunt-style activity where budding paleontologists can become junior dinosaur trainers.

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There is also a “Triceratots” soft play area for the littlest explorers, photo opportunities, and a newly launched video tour featuring dinosaur trainers.

Since 2013, Jurassic Quest has entertained more than 10 million fans in more than 250 cities across Canada and the U.S. The show has been developed with paleontologists, to ensure each dinosaur is brought to life with painstakingly realistic details, right down to colouration, teeth size, textured skin, fur or feathers, drawing on the latest research about how we understand dinosaurs and ancient giants of the sea to have looked and moved.

Visitors will get to experience 165 million years of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods to learn about the giants that once ruled the earth. The herd of animatronic dinos – from the largest predators to playful baby dinos – are displayed in realistic scenes with some that move and roar, allowing guests to experience them as they were when they roamed the earth billions of years ago.

Tickets are available here or on-site. Advance purchase online is recommended to ensure desired date.

Jurassic Quest comes to Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen’s Dec. 1 to 3. Friday hours are 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.