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NEW Jurassic Encounters Dinosaur Experience

Did you know Mad Science has a T-rex!?

 
 
Mad Science is excited to announce our new Jurassic Encounters experience! You can now spice up your birthday or special event with a visit from Tiny T, our T-Rex!
 
What should you expect from your visit from Tiny T? Well, almost everyone is curious about dinosaurs, but if dinosaurs are extinct then how do we know anything about them?  How big were they? What did they eat? Paleontology is not just about finding rare fossils – it is about what we learn from the fossils. Paleontologists are dinosaur detectives! This show helps explain what we know about dinosaurs and how we know it.
 
The audience will examine a variety of teeth and determine if they came from carnivores, herbivores, or omnivores. They will also handle coprolites (fossil poop!) and learn how big dinosaurs were by holding some huge bones. There will also be reenactments of events that could have changed the earth’s climate and brought about the end of the dinosaurs: volcanic eruptions and asteroid impacts.
 
This show also includes a visit from “Tiny T”, our 6-month old baby T. rex. A life size dinosaur is something your guests will NEVER FORGET!  Adults and kids alike are in awe as they watch a dinosaur come to life in front of their eyes. Tiny T participates briefly in the show, and can stay afterwards for a photo opportunity like no other!
 
Audience participation is stressed throughout the show and volunteers assist with most of the demonstrations.
 
 

Jurassic Encounters Pricing & Opportunities

Tiny T appearance as part of a Mad Science special event:  299

This can include:

  • 45 minute assembly of your choice
  • 30 minute mini-assembly of your choice
  • Mad Science birthday parties
  • Science Night booth 

Price for a Tiny T appearance without another scheduled Mad Science special event:  499

 

Please call with any questions about pricing or other opportunities for Tiny T.

 

 

 

Jurassic Experience Customer FAQ

What exactly is this Dinosaur?

Ø  Tiny T is a 6 month old T-Rex.  The Dinosaur has very lifelike movements and sounds when operated by our puppeteer.  She is so lifelike, you will forget she isn’t real!

 

How long is the Dinosaur out with everyone?

Ø  Each appearance by Tiny T (the dinosaur) is about 20 minutes long.  Please note that outside appearances in summer months will be closer to 15 minutes due to heat concerns for the puppeteer. 

 

How many kids can Tiny T entertain at a time?

Ø  For stage shows we recommend about 150 kids.  With a 25 ft square area, you can fit about 150 kids around it only 2 to 3 deep which will maximize their experience as Tiny-T hovers over their heads here and there.  For fairs/festivals we can either set up a stage area as stated above, in which case we can accommodate approximately 150 students.  If you would like it to be more of a free roam experience then it will depend on how many kids are in the area as our dinosaur is walking around.  Children can come up to the dinosaur, but they are not allowed nor encouraged to reach out and touch the dinosaur, put their hands in his mouth, grab his tail…etc. 

 

Do you need a separate space to set up?

Ø  We request a separate area to put on the dinosaur suit where the children cannot watch.  It takes away from the awe if the audience is watching the puppeteer get in and out of the suit.  Ideally, we could like to set up a 20 x 10 tent in the performance area that can contain Tiny T until his appearance, otherwise a separate room next the performance area works (provided she can fit through the door…see below).  We need a clear area that is about 15 ft x 20 ft to set up our stand and the dinosaur.  The ceiling needs to be free of obstructions to about 15 ft.

 

Can the Dinosaur fit through a doorway?

Ø  Generally, the Dinosaur is too large to fit through a standard door way (34 inches).  We prefer to have a double doorway with the center post removed (most are removable.)  To gain access to a changing room, we can maneuver and slip through a single doorway with the help of the handler.  But access to the performance area needs to have a larger opening.  On the same note, wide hallways are OK, but tight hallways with sharp corners can make it impossible for the Dinosaur to transit.

 

Does the dinosaur roam through the crowd or stay in one area?

Ø  Experience has shown that if a large crowd of children have open access to the dinosaur, it results in it being swarmed by the crowd, pinched and pulled on.  For the best experience, we place a colorful rope on the ground in a 25’ x 25’ square and have the children stand outside of the perimeter.  We will interact from the kids over that line and occasionally call children in to interact directly with the dinosaur.  If you would like him to roam at a festival our handler will notify children and adults that they can get close to Tiny-T but may not touch him. 

 

How big is the Dinosaur?

Ø  Tiny T is approximately 12 ft long and 7 ft tall standing level.  But as Tiny T moves about, his tail or head can reach heights of 10-12 ft.

 

Do you need special parking?

Ø  Due to the awkwardness of carrying a 12 ft Dinosaur, we need to park as close to the entrance of the building or venue as possible.  If there is an excessive distance to carry Tiny T, there may be an additional transportation fee.

 

Can Tiny T do an outside appearance?

Ø  Yes!  As long as the weather conditions allow it (rain, high winds & extreme heat all needs to be taken into consideration).  We use ice vests to cool the puppeteer when she is inside the suite, but hot summer days will limit the appearances times to about 15 minutes each.

 

How does this work combined with a booth?

Ø  We will send an extra scientist who will set up a station and entertain kids between Dinosaur appearances.  This science booth is good for up to 25 kids at a time.

 

How does this work combined with a show?

Ø  We will do a 30 minute dinosaur themed show and then bring out Tiny T for the last 15 minutes of the show.  If you do multiple shows, allow about 20 min between shows.

                                                                   

Can the Dinosaur go upstairs or into an elevator?

Ø  Due to the size of the Dinosaur, she himself cannot transverse stairs, nor will she fit into an elevator.  Also, to transport the Dinosaur for setting up, we cannot go up a full flight of stairs.  2 or 3 steps are OK.  An elevator will only work if it can accommodate a 10 foot long object.  If stairs or a small elevator are in the path between the performance area and the offloading area, we CANNOT move the Dinosaur in to do the performance.

 

Abuse & mistreatment

Ø  Mad Science reserves the right to cancel an appearance without refund for abuse and mistreatment of the dinosaur costume.  This includes rough handling, pulling, pinching, grabbing, punching or otherwise abusing the costume by members of the audience.  Out handler will work to inform the audience of this, but we also need your help to manage large crowds.  We recognize a tendency of children (and some adults) to want to touch and explore, but the costume cannot handle several hundred pairs of hands doing that at events.

 


 

 

 

 


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