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Traveling show allows area families to go back in time to see dinosaurs

Melana Dominguez (left) and her friend Myana Chinnery, both 7, examined an animatronic Triceratops at the Discover the Dinosaurs show Saturday at Bartle Hall in Kansas City. The show, which includes exhibits and dozens of moving dinosaur models, runs through Sunday.
Melana Dominguez (left) and her friend Myana Chinnery, both 7, examined an animatronic Triceratops at the Discover the Dinosaurs show Saturday at Bartle Hall in Kansas City. The show, which includes exhibits and dozens of moving dinosaur models, runs through Sunday. The Kansas City Star

Three-year-old Zander Wilson of Independence started pointing Saturday when he glimpsed his favorite dinosaur through the curtains.

“Look at the Triceratops,” Zanders told his parents, Stephanie and Andrew Wilson, and his 1-year-old sister, Kenzley.

“He loves dinosaurs,” Stephanie Wilson said. “He’s obsessed with them.”

There was a lot of pointing for Zander to do as he and his family ventured through the Discover the Dinosaurs show at the south end of Bartle Hall.

The show, which runs through Sunday, features about 40 moving dinosaurs.

“We try to give them a natural setting like they would have been in when they roamed the earth,” said Dan Carl, media director of Blue Star Media in Shoreview, Minn.

Producers also used fog and sound to make it feel like it was when the dinosaurs were alive.

“We kind of trick them (children) into learning about dinosaurs,” Carl said.

The show runs 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. For further information, go to www.discoverthedinosaurs.com.

Reginald Townsend of Raymore said he knew he had to take his 10-year-old daughter, Olivia.

“I just like dinosaurs,” Olivia said. “They don’t scare me.”

The big dinosaurs, she said, eat plants, not humans, so they aren’t dangerous, except for the Tyrannosaurus rex.

Bryce and Helen Julian brought their 3-year-old son, Zakai Sosa, because he loves dinosaurs.

“He takes them around the house all the time and ‘scares’ us with them,” Bryce Julian said. “He makes a growling sound and tries to put them in our face and make them attack each other.”

Zakai is intrigued by dinosaurs and how they look. Julian admitted the trip wasn’t just for Zakai, though.

“I was excited to come, too,” he said.

Leavenworth residents Peri Tuttle and his fiancee, Tara Payne, and her three children — Isis, 11, Samara, 10, and Kayden, 8 — took the opportunity to pose with a dinosaur.

Mimicking the dinosaur, they held their hands up like claws and made faces like they were roaring.

“We are a pretty nerdy bunch,” Tuttle admitted.

To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or send email to bcronkleton@kcstar.com.

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