Eight-year-old Cambridge Primary School student Dylan Philip had a roaring good time at The Amazing Dinosaur Discovery show at Hautapu Rugby Club last Sunday.
The event, run by Gordonton-based company Flaming Phoenix Entertainment, opened under a big-top in Cambridge on February 20 and will wrap up on February 28.
Dylan has loved dinosaurs “about like forever” and visited the two-hour interactive walk-through show with his dad Glenn.
“It was really awesome and really Jurassic,” he said.
“We walked around all of these dinosaurs and took photos of me standing by them and I dug up fossils, rode a dinosaur, bounced on the bouncy castles and threw balls into dinosaurs’ mouths.”
Flaming Phoenix Entertainment business development manager Elly Moody said the 30-plus animatronic dinosaurs on display had been made in the United States by the team that made the dinosaurs for the Jurassic World movies.
“They all sit on a steel frame and they’ve got quite high-spec technology inside them which makes them move,” she said. “Their their eyes will blink and their bellies will rise as they breathe.”
The show launched in Hamilton in January last year and has been touring the North Island since.
“We are doing just one tour of New Zealand, which will take us between two and three years to complete,” Elly said.
“We move sites every 2-4 weeks depending on the town that we’re in and it takes about 5-6 days to put the displays together and have everything set up and ready for the show.”
She said the show was aimed at families and was about “getting everyone together and having fun while learning a bit about dinosaurs”.
“We wanted to bring it to the Waipā region because we really enjoy doing events in Cambridge and Te Awamutu and we wanted people to be able to experience this without having to drive into the city,” she said.