WORTH THE DRIVE: 100 life-sized dinosaurs and prehistoric sea creatures to take over Cincinnati this weekend

Whether you have a child going through the dinosaur phase or your family is a big fan of the “Jurassic Park” films, this traveling exhibit is a must-attend. Jurassic Quest brings more than 100 true-to-life size dinosaurs and prehistoric marine creatures to Cincinnati’s Duke Energy Center this weekend.


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Walking Dinosaurs

Throughout the exhibit, an adolescent T-Rex, Spinosaurus, and other dinosaurs will walk around and interact with the kids. Photos, touching, and just generally hanging out with the ‘saurs is highly encouraged.

Ancient Oceans (new in 2020)

Nothing living in our seas today compares to the predators that lived underwater in ancient times. See such wonders as the Ammonite (related to the squid), the Ichthyosaurus (a dolphin-like reptile), and the greatest shark that ever lived (and recent movie star), the Megalodon. There are more benign animals, too, such as the Archelon, the largest sea turtle that ever existed.

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Baby Dinos

Jurassic Quest is the only dinosaur show with baby dinos. This fan-favorite features a baby Triceratops, Camarasaurus, and others.

Fossil Digs

For the more than casual dinosaur fan, young, aspiring paleontologists can dig up old T-Rex and Triceratops fossils.

Dinosaur Rides

Several of the animatronic dinosaurs will be available for kids to ride. The ideal age is 2-10.

Exhibit Tour

One of the exhibit’s dinosaur experts will take your family on an interactive tour, teaching you more about the different dinosaurs, time periods and other facts.

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Science Stations

Make a plastic fossil souvenir to take home, then test your newfound knowledge by taking a quiz about the exhibit.

Other Activities

Dinosaur crafts, face painting, and a bungee pull are all part of the fun.


What: Jurassic Quest

Where: Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati

When: March 13-15. 3-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $20-$36

More Info: www.jurassicquest.com

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