Sacramento is going to get a little prehistoric this weekend when Dinosaur Time Trek: Shark Edition roars into Cal Expo.
This kid’s event runs 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday , with an early 9 a.m. entry ticket option. Ticket purchasers can pick an entry time window, and then stay as long as they like after entering.
This is Dinosaur Time Trek’s first year. There also is a dragon edition.
“We want to facilitate learning and have a good quality experience, so we thought that, you know, putting together this new themed show all about learning about dinosaurs and focusing on science would be a really, really good opportunity to interest kids in dinosaurs if they weren’t already, or expand their interest,” said Allyson Best, entertainment manager for Dinosaur Time Trek: Shark Edition .
The event offers a range of activities, including a dig-site simulator with real sand and dirt, a toddler area, arts and crafts, a maze race, and animatronic dinosaurs. And no dinosaur event would be complete without a little dinosaur dung, either.
“You get to like put your hand in and feel what the different kinds of dinosaur poop would feel like,” Best says. “So, kids think that’s really awesome because, you know, they get to interact with poop.”
And of course, dinosaurs aren’t the only creatures involved. Ocearch is a partner for the Shark Edition of the tour and there’s a live shark tracker kiosk – and also a life-sized representation of that same shark – present in the Shark Edition.
“It ties into the dinosaurs because we have a replica of a shark that lived in the time of dinosaurs and we have another shark that lived before dinosaurs … it’s really cool, it shows that, you know, sharks have been around for a really, really long time and we have ancestors of dinosaurs living in our world still today,” Best says.
After Sacramento, Dinosaur Time Trek – in both its shark and dragon editions – continues on tour into 2018, including stops in Little Rock, Reno, Anaheim, Philadelphia, and Houston.
“We’re not a museum, we’re meant to be entertaining and fun, and so [kids are] learning stuff without realizing it because they’re having so much fun,” Best says.
Dinosaur Time Trek: Shark Edition
When: December 9-10, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (early entry 9 a.m. tickets also available)
Where: Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd
Cost: $16-$36, children under 3 free with paid adult