Everybody loves a petting zoo, with those irascible baby goats and downy-soft bunnies. But what about the kids who love bugs more than bunnies, whose attraction to snakes, sharks, and crocodiles is eclipsed only by their giddy fascination with dinosaurs? Leave it to the Aussies to come up with a something to satisfy our affinity for the perilous. Comprised of large-scale puppets and carefully conceived electronics, Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo is a theatrical meet-and-greet that is two parts education, one part inspiration, and four parts spine-tingling fun. The cast, which has included early mammals and Meganeura -- the 25-inch wide predatory precursor to the dragonfly -- is based on the most current fossil evidence and developed through consultation with paleontologists. T-Rex, not to be upstaged by Australia’s favorite meat-eating Australovenator, usually has a bit of a freak out toward the end of the show, but by then, the kids have been sniffed by a 110-ton Titanosaur, provided veterinary care for a shy herbivore, and cuddled a baby Dryosaurus, so the screaming and stampeding is just part of the fun.
Sat., Feb. 2, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m., 2013