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Mighty T Rex impresses the kids review

‘Walking With Dinosaurs’ makes big impact on younger crowd at Wachovia Arena.

A predatory dinosaur stalks its prey during a show at the Wachovia Arena Wednesday evening.

Don Carey/The Times Leader

By the time the mighty mama T Rex showed up to rescue her baby from two other adult dinosaurs, my imagination was doling out human qualities right and left.

Listen to the baby’s squeal! It sounds like “ha-ha-ha-you-can’t-get-me-now!”

Listen to the mother’s roar! It’s like “see-what-happens-when-you-go-off-by-yourself!”

But, I admit, it took me several million years – almost all the way through the Triassic and Jurassic Periods of “Walking With Dinosaurs, the Arena Spectacular” before I allowed myself to relax and enjoy the dinosaurs’ fight scenes and feeding scenes, the unfolding of Seuss-like flowers and, of course, the realistic foot-stomping and eye-blinking of the enormous animatrons.

Until then, I just kept wondering: Do the kids like this? Are any of them scared?

At intermission, I asked around.

One 10-year-old in my row at the Wachovia Arena said he’d like to be a paleontologist, like the actor who served as our tour guide through prehistory. Even digging for fossils would be fun, he said.

His 5-year-old brother suggested little 3-year-olds might be frightened by the noise and spectacle, but he certainly wasn’t.

Yet another 10-year-old, this one sitting behind me, found the dinosaurs so eerily realistic he had hatched an escape plan.

If he somehow were to find himself face-to-face with one, he’d dart between the boulder-like props that represented separating continents.

Good survival instincts, young man.

In my mini survey, every youthful audience member seemed happy – even the one who pointed out it would be better if the audience couldn’t clearly see the chassis under each of the larger dinosaurs.

And, happy kids are what it’s all about. I think mama T Rex would agree.


What: ‘Walking With Dinosaurs, the Arena Spectacular”

When: today and tomorrow at 7 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., 5 p.m.

Where: Wachovia Arena, Wilkes-Barre Township

For Tickets: Call 800-745-3000 or see www.ticketmaster.com.

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