Jurassic Quest is North America’s largest dinosaur themed event, and now it has come back to Vancouver (they haven’t visited since 2019). Kids of all ages and fans of dinosaurs can come to see them as “alive” as possible.
As reviewed by myself with snipets from the press release.
The exhibit includes life-like dinosaurs, dinosaur rides, live dinosaur shows, interactive science and art activities, bounce houses, inflatable attractions, and more. For those who have been before, there are new Dinos added to their herd, with new activities including an area catered to the youngest of children.
General admission tickets include access to the dinosaur and marine exhibits, arts and crafts activities, and dinosaur shows. There are also rides and activities that require addition tickets where you pay to play. But for unlimited access and turns guests can purchase or upgrade to the Kids Unlimited Rides ticket (the best value for children ages 2-12). Entry is free for children under age 2.
You walk through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods to see the dinos that ruled on land, and “deep dive” into the “Ancient Oceans” exhibit, (making its Canadian debut), to come face to face with the largest apex predator that ever existed – a moving, life-size, 15-metre-long megalodon! Jurassic Quest works in collaboration with leading palaeontologists to ensure each dinosaur is painstakingly replicated in every detail, from coloration to teeth size, to textured skin or feathers. They do this by drawing on the latest research on how we understand dinosaurs and how they looked and moved.
There are plenty of animatronic dinos: from the largest predators to playful baby dinos; displayed in realistic scenes with some even moving and roaring.
For additional fun kids can go on “The Quest”, their official educational and entertaining journey through the Jurassic showcase. The Quest is an interactive adventure where guests will meet dinos and prehistoric sea creatures, take a unique Dino Snap, search for fossils, watch a live Raptor Training Experience and more. Follow the ten clues to the “Quest Spot” signs and collect a prize at the end. The Quest is included with general admission.
As a grown adult, who enjoys dinosaurs, it would have been nice to have it set up outdoors for an even more realistic experience. Inside the spacious and vacant convention centre hall, the realism was lost under florescent light. It also would have been nice to have a time slot to take in the exhibition at your own leisure. To not have to give way to curious kids and be in the background of someone’s family photos. Although having said that, the show is basically visuals. This is not set up like a museum, there is nothing to read; plaques or signs to explain what it is you are seeing. Just the name of the dinosaurs and Googling it later. Although in hindsight with the exhibit being 80% activities, this one is is definitely catered towards young children of school age.
A fun one for all Dino lovers and a great indoor activity to keep the family busy at. Here are some additional photos of the exhibit, to give you a better idea of what to expect this weekend.
Event: Jurassic Quest in Vancouver
Place: Vancouver Convention Centre
1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC V6C OC3, Canada
Date: May 13-15
Time: Friday 9am-8pm, Saturday 9am-8pm & Sunday 9am-6pm
Tix & Info: https://www.jurassicquest.com/events/vancouver-bc-canada