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Walking with Dinosaurs at the Barclay Center

My family and I had the opportunity to see Walking with Dinosaurs at Barclays Center for opening night and it was a thrill!

The show is like a natural history museum comes alive and explodes with the crushing force of the jaw of a tyrannosaurus rex.

Walking with Dinosaurs packs brachiosaurus-sized learning into its entertainment. The show begins back in the Triassic, explaining the vegetation, the geology, and the evolutionary developments that allowed dinosaurs to go on to conquer the earth.

An enthusiastic and adventurous paleontologist guides the audience through time, through the late Cretaceous, noting important developments along the way. The format and effects are similar to Prehistoric Park, the children’s version of the BBC’s Walking with Dinosaurs.

Of course, the stars of the show are the dinosaurs. Our host notes the “arms race” of defenses and offenses between the herbivores and carnivores, the competition between herbivores of the same species, and the evolutionary advantages gained by taking care of the young.

My eldest son,  our resident junior paleontologist liked the realism of the dinosaurs, the way the skin was molded, and the attention to details in showing the plant life.  My daughter really enjoyed trying to figure out how the puppeteers and engineers brought the dinosaurs to “life” and said the baby dinos were her favorites.

On the way out, a jogger asked us if the show was scary because she was planning to bring her three year old. Her son is the same age as my third kid and he enjoyed the experience. We prepared my preschooler, explaining that the dinosaurs were big robots and puppets. He was captivated and not scared at all.

The scale of the dinosaurs is awe-inspiring–see if you can spot the actor in the picture with the brachiosauruses! My daughter was really excited when the tyrannosaurus leaned over the audience towards us and waves to him.

When the people at Barclays Center say, “live,” they mean it! Using advanced animatronics, Walking with Dinosaurs Live creates the illusion that the audience has been transported back in time to witness real, alive dinosaurs hunting, raising their young, and more.

“Ten species are represented from the entire 200 million year reign of the dinosaurs. The show includes the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the terror of the ancient terrain, as well as the Plateosaurus and Liliensternus from the Triassic period, the Stegosaurus and Allosaurus from the Jurassic period and Torosaurus and Utahraptor from the awesome Cretaceous period. The largest of them, the Brachiosaurus is 36 feet tall, and 56 feet from nose to tail. It took a team of 50 – including engineers, fabricators, skin makers, artists and painters, and animatronic experts – a year to build the production.”

Barclays Center is hosting Walking with Dinosaurs Live July 16 – July 20 (9 Total Shows): July 16 at 7PM, July 17 at 7PM, July 18 at 10:30AM & 7PM, July 19 at 11AM, 3PM & 7PM, July 20 at 1PM & 5PM. Tickets are available for $99, $75, $55, $35, with special opening night tickets for just $30 (valid on $55 & $35 price points). Group Ticket discounts of over $20 per ticket are also available for groups of 12+.

Buy Tickets: Tickets for Walking with Dinosaurs at Barclays Center are on sale now and can be purchased online via Ticketmaster or by calling 800-745-3000. For more information about the show, visit: http://www.dinosaurlive.com/

Disclosure: As a member of the press, I received tickets to attend opening night of Walking with Dinosaurs at Barclays Center and share my experiences with you.

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Candace Lindemann, Yale, BA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM, is an educational consultant and published writer. She enjoys new learning experiences with her children, ages 6 and 4 and 1.5.

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