A herd of animatronic dinosaurs is coming to the MassMutual Center.
They include an Apatosaurus, Spinosaurus, T-Rex and 50-foot Megalodon.
The event, Jurassic Quest, features some of the largest rideable dinosaurs in North America, dinosaur shows, interactive science and art activities — including a fossil dig and real fossils like T-Rex teeth, a triceratops horn and life-size dinosaur skull — a “Triceratots” soft play area, bounce houses and inflatable attractions.
“Jurassic Quest is the largest touring dinosaur event in North America, with the most dinosaurs and marine reptiles of any other show. In fact, our ancient oceans exhibit even features a 50-foot-long megalodon shark, something you definitely want to see you in person,” said Park Ranger Marty Hoffman, Jurassic Quest dinosaur expert.
There are three baby dinosaurs that visitors can meet: Tyson the T-Rex, Cammie the Camarosaurus and Trixie the Triceratops. “We have our walking dinosaur show, where you can learn how to train a Utahraptor,” Hoffman noted. “We have some of the largest rideable dinosaurs in North America.”
The Jurassic Quest herd of animatronic dinosaurs is 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.
Visitors will learn about 165 million years of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods with their creatures that ruled on land and the “Ancient Oceans” exhibit.
“Children always gravitate towards giant, cool, fantasy monsters. Dinosaurs fit that description. However, they are even better because they actually existed on the planet at one time,” Hoffman said. “The science of dinosaurs is changing quickly. We now know that some dinosaurs had feathers. We also know that there are species linked to dinosaurs still on the planet in the form of birds!”
Some of the animatronic dinosaurs are ridable, and children can explore the bounce houses, some of which are designated specifically for small children. (Note: socks are required and sold at the event.)
The crafts table is free and open to all to create paper dinosaurs or color a dino. Or visitors can dig for fossils at the science tables.
Life-like baby dinos, like the baby Triceratops and Camarasaurus, are fan favorites, and the playful adolescent dinosaurs run around and play with the audience. “I find that Tyson is the most popular dinosaur we have. Kids and adults just can’t get enough of that little guy,” Hoffman said.
New for 2022, families are invited to go on “The Quest,” an interactive scavenger-hunt style adventure with 10 clues leading them to meet dinosaurs and prehistoric sea creatures, capture a Dino Snap, search for fossils, watch a live Raptor Training Experience and more to earn a prize at the end.
“Whereas the show caters to our younger guests, there is something for everybody, and we find that dinosaur fans of all ages really enjoy it,” Hoffman said.
Jurassic Quest has informational signs throughout the exhibit and a fossil exhibit area where visitors can learn the real science of dinosaurs. And if visitors have questions about dinosaurs during their visit, they can text Hoffman at Dino 411.
“I always call dinosaurs a gateway science. If you have a kid that’s interested in dinosaurs, you will find that they are learning about other sciences, such as biology, geology, astronomy and more,” he said.
Jurassic Quest will take place Sept. 16-18 (Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Ticket prices range from $19-$37.
For tickets (available in time slots) and more information, go to jurassicquest.com.