Extreme Dinosaurs Museum for the Whole Family

Orlando and I-Drive welcomes visitors of all ages from around the world. Recently they welcomed some really old ones, millions of years old to be exact, to the new Extreme Dinosaurs: The Exhibition, next door to Titanic: The Exhibition (another in the Premier Exhibits family).

I had the opportunity of visiting right before they opened. Here’s a video.

As luck would have it, Spectrum News 13‘s Allison Walker Torres was there getting a sneak peek as well. My 10-year-old excitedly took on the role of junior docent and showed her around. Daniel gave her the tour and described various dinosaur facts, including the relatively recent notion that dinosaurs had feathers. He also shared how one dinosaur’s brain is the size of a walnut. Click the picture for the #doubletake gif in action.







We had a great time learning about dinosaurs from different eras, and reading all of the placards and displays.

Extreme Dinosaurs is part museum/part attraction. They have interesting, interactive and fun elements, and guests can expect to spend about two hours going through, if you stop and read all of the informational posters and signs, and visit the dino dig. 

We could’ve doubled that time estimation, because we are really into dinosaurs, and we are also big fans of going to museums. We read each and every informational display. Just want to see the dinos? That trip will be a lot shorter. Personally I recommend soaking in every detail, and “bone”-ing up on pre-historic history. Be sure to really look at the exceptional detail in the animatronic dinosaurs. World-renowned scientists collaborated on the designs and final creations.

Fossilized dino poop. No sh!t.

What’s really cool about the whole museum is that there are authentic artifacts, not just the beautifully made animatronics. Yes my son loves the blinking, snarling, moving gigantic dinosaurs, but was equally as fascinated with the real fossilized dinosaur poop and eggs. Visitors will find 6 large-scale skeletons of dinosaurs and over 16 real and replica fossils.

Note: Photos cannot be taken inside the attraction, however there is a green screen photo op when you first go in. Purchase of photo is not required nor is it part of your admission price.

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Preschoolers are FREE in 2012 at SeaWorld, Orlando and Busch Gardens

Preschoolers can enjoy all of 2012 for Free!

Children age 5 and younger get into SeaWorld AND Busch Gardens for all of 2012 for free! The Preschool Pass is good for unlimited admission with NO blackout dates the entire year. Every special event is included. Every festival. All of it! Click HERE to sign up.

Our resident preschooler is looking forward to the “Just for Kids!” festival featuring concerts by Lazy Town, Max & Ruby, the Doodlebops and Choo Choo Soul, along with plenty of family-friendly fun and activities on Saturdays, Jan. 14 through Feb. 4.

At Busch Gardens, Sesame Street Safari of Fun is ALWAYS a hit. New this year (and on our to do-list: Iceploration, premiering this February.

“Must-see” preschool attractions at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld’s littlest guests can enjoy the wildly popular 4-acre play area, Shamu’s Happy Harbor.  It’s a kid’s dream come true, complete with kid-size rides, a 4-story net climb, and a great place for parents to relax while watching their kids have splashes of fun.  The park’s first family-oriented roller coaster, “Shamu Express” can be found here along with other kiddie rides to explore.

Of course no visit to SeaWorld is complete without being splashed by Shamu!  SeaWorld’s newest killer whale show, “One Ocean,” features majestic whales performing spectacular behaviors, including thrilling high-energy leaps, while educating and inspiring kids and their families to make a difference in this world.  And at “Blue Horizons” kids will be awed by graceful dolphins, false killer whales, a rainbow of exotic birds, and entire cast of divers and aerialists.

Kid-favorite “Pets Ahoy!” will leave children giggling as a menagerie of rescued dogs, cats, birds, rats, skunks, pot-belly pigs, and other animals performing a series of uproarious and amazing skits.

While older kids are flying, gliding and soaring on Manta, younger ones can experience the incredible underwater world of tropical fish and rays in the floor-to-ceiling aquariums.  Manta’s underwater viewing area is home to more than 3,000 species. Kids can even “pop up” in the middle of a small aquarium, surrounding themselves with hundreds of fish for some great photos.

At Dolphin Cove, kids (and parents) can touch and feed dolphins and also go below the surface for an underwater view where they just might see a dolphin blowing a bubble or two!

Plus, SeaWorld features a cozy Baby Care Center located at Shamu’s Happy Harbor with top-of-the-line changing facilities, private feeding rooms and pint-sized potties.  This brightly-colored building gives parents the privacy and comfort of a home-away-from home in the middle of all the fun and is a one-stop shop for baby necessities.

Busch Garden loves kids, too!

Don’t forget this awesome new FREE Preschool Pass also includes Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Just a short hour’s drive away, in addition to all the  wondrous animal encounters at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, preschoolers will delight in Sesame Street Safari of Fun, a sunny funny play land, filled with moments that your family can share for the first time — like a first coaster experience aboard Air Grover. And everyday smiles can be repeated time after time —clapping along to original shows, splashing in our expansive water play area and enjoying kid-size rides.

Sign up today!

The Free SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Preschool Pass is an exclusive online offer, available at SeaWorldOrlando.com or BuschGardensTampaBay.com. It is exclusively for Florida residents ages 5 and younger and is valid for unlimited admission – with no blackout dates – through Dec. 31, 2012 at SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The Preschool Pass does not include parking or Premium Passport discounts or benefits.

After registering through either park’s website, registrants can pick up the Preschool Pass for their child by bringing a printed confirmation and a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate to any ticket window at SeaWorld’s or Busch Gardens’ front gate.

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