Last Updated on June 13, 2022 by admin
Step back into the Jurassic period when you visit the Dinos Alive exhibit! The Dinos Alive exhibits are currently open in Los Angeles and Seattle (with more opening in other cities soon), so we were excited to spend the morning learning all about dinosaurs with our toddler daughter. In this post, we’ll share our full review of the Dinos Alive exhibit!
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About Dinos Alive
Dinos Alive is an indoor exhibit that features life-size dinosaur models. Many of the dinosaurs move in this immersive experience!
- Seattle: 1750 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA , USA, 98134
- Los Angeles: 1345 N Montebello Blvd, Montebello, CA 90640
- Hours of Operation: Hours vary by day. See their website.
- Website: https://dinosaliveexhibit.com/
- Available Cities: Los Angeles and Seattle (with dozens more cities expected to open soon!) Future cities include New York, Las Vegas, Orlando, Paris, and Singapore. (Just to name a few!)
|See our post on things to do with kids in Seattle!|
How to Get to Dinos Alive Seattle
Dinos Alive Seattle is located just south of Seattle’s T-Mobile Park. The exhibit is easy to reach just off of I-5.
Parking is not included in the price of the ticket. However, there are numerous paid parking lots right next to the exhibit. We were able to easily park our car right next to the exhibit.
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What to See at Dinos Alive
We visited the Dinos Alive exhibit in Seattle, Washington. Here’s what we saw while we were visiting!
The exhibit began with a mock waterfall/tunnel entrance. (There was no real water involved, but there was a visual imitation of water falling down.) Along the walls, there were a lot of “plants” that made it really feel like we were in the jungle. I thought this was a really cool way to begin the experience.
After you walk through the tunnel, you’re greeted with displays of lots of dinosaurs!
There were over 80 dinosaurs throughout the exhibit.
Each dinosaur had a plaque that taught us the dinosaur’s name and history.
We really felt “immersed” in the Jurassic Period… we even had to dunk our heads under a slowly swinging tail!
While we were exploring the main room, we noticed a tunnel that led up to a curtain. When we opened the curtain, we were surprised to see a giant room that resembled a large aquarium! Using video-mapping technology, we were able to see pre-historic marine life. There were lots of bouncy balls in the room, and when we threw the balls at the wall, the exhibit was interactive!
For a small additional fee ($4), you can ride a dinosaur. Our toddler really enjoyed getting to ride a “big dinosaur”!
The exhibit also had two large sand box tables for kids. Our daughter enjoyed shoveling through the sand and looking for dinosaur fossils.
In this part of the exhibit, you can “race” a dinosaur! At the count of three, you spring down the course while a video dinosaur follows you along the wall. See if you’re fast enough to beat the dinosaur! Choose your speed (Amateur, Olympic Training, or Gold Medalist), and run as fast as you can. This was our daughter’s favorite part of the entire exhibit. She must have raced the dinosaur at least 20 times. She couldn’t get enough of it!
At the coloring station, there are blank pages of dinosaurs that you can color with crayons. You can then take a photo of your artwork at a special machine they have set it up, and it will project the image on the wall.
To cap off your visit to the Dinos Alive exhibit, you can also try their Virtual Reality (VR) exhibit with the purchase of a VIP Pass. With VR, you’ll truly feel immersed in the age of the dinosaurs!
There’s also a gift shop at the end of the exhibit. There were lots of dinosaur toys, stuffed animals, mugs, and posters.
Our Review of the Dinos Alive Exhibit
We took our toddler to the exhibit and she had a blast! Her favorite parts of the exhibit were the virtual aquarium and racing the dinosaurs. We liked seeing the life-size dinosaurs and learning facts about what they ate and where they lived. The tickets are a bit pricey, but for us we thought it was “worth it” because our daughter loved it so much. If you have a child that loves dinosaurs, we would definitely recommend visiting the exhibit.
After Your Visit
After you visit the Dinos Alive Seattle exhibit, we recommend that you walk to the Krispy Kreme store. (It’s only a block or so away.) We got donuts fresh off the belt. They were warm and melted in my mouth. Plus, what’s better than dinosaurs and donuts?
For lunch or dinner, check out Paseo. It’s right across from the exhibit, and we really like their Caribbean sandwiches!
Where to Stay in Seattle
If you’re visiting Seattle, here’s a few hotels to consider:
The Silver Cloud Hotel – Seattle Stadium is the closest hotel to the Dinos Alive exhibit in Seattle. (It’s just .4 miles away.) This sleek hotel has a pretty awesome rooftop pool.
The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle is a gorgeous 5-Star hotel located centrally in downtown Seattle. If you can afford it, this is our first recommendation. The hotel has an outdoor infinity pool with a view of the Seattle waterfront, lots of amenities, and is within walking distance of a lot of Seattle attractions.
The only hotel that’s actually within Pike Place Market is the Inn at the Market. You can’t get a better location if you want to visit Pike Place! You’ll be able to watch Pike Place Market come alive in the morning, and you’ll be well-positioned to grab lots of delicious meals and snacks. See our full post on Pike Place Market here for food ideas!
The Charter Hotel Seattle is a moderately-priced hotel that’s only one block away from Pike Place Market. It’s also only a mile away from the Seattle Center (where the Space Needle is located). The hotel is sleek and many of the rooms have nice city views.
The Seattle Marriott Waterfront has views of the water, as well as an indoor-outdoor pool. Every room has a view of the mountains and water.
For a full list of hotels in Seattle, click here.
What to Bring
You really don’t need to bring much to the exhibit! Here’s a few things we recommend:
- Power bank: While you’re out on the trails, make sure that your phone doesn’t run out of battery. We always travel with one or even two power banks fully-charged just-in-case!
- Camera: If you don’t have one already, pack a nice camera to really take advantage of the photo opportunities.
- Dinosaur Clothes: If you have a little kid, dress them up in your favorite dinosaur outfit!
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long should you spend at Dinos Alive?
We recommend spending between 1 to 2 hours at the Dinos Alive exhibit.
How much are tickets?
Tickets start at $20. There are options for family bundles and also an option for a VIP experience.
Should I purchase the VIP ticket?
We recommend that you purchase the VIP ticket if you would like to experience the virtual reality portion.
If you’re interested in learning more about dinosaurs, we’d definitely recommend going to the Dinos Alive exhibit. We thought they did an excellent job with the dinosaurs, and it was a fun family-friendly experience. Our daughter really loves dinosaurs (check out our post about our trip to Moab), and she definitely enjoyed herself.
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