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The gifted versus the terrorised, plus a giveaway To Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo

June 12, 2015

***This is not a sponsored post***

***My family was invited along and they offered tickets for you***

I read somewhere ages ago that a child that shows a strong interest in dinosaurs is likely to have a high intelligence. Obviously everyone thinks their kid is a genius but I’m still trying to work out how my kids fit on the Mensa scale.

Sometimes I think they’re obviously prodigies, and then I hear them wailing for me and I discover they’re stuck, butt first, in the laundry basket with pair of undies on their head and I think we’re probably hurtling more towards Midvale School for the Gifted rather than Harvard.

D Man has been dino mad for yonks. Ever since he was about two I reckon. He’s never been afraid, only fascinated.

All I really remembered about dinosaurs when he started to display an interest was that Jurassic Park didn’t look as fun as Disneyland so I’ve had quite the crash course.

Now I know my Quetzalcoatlus from my Parasaurolophus, and I can even pronounce them when I’m three sheets to the wind. I also know that standing on a pterosaur bare foot in the night is preferable to an Ankylosaurus. For reasons obvious to anyone who knows anything about anything.

We spend a lot of time at the ‘Useum (my kid’s name for the museum) and there is a film reenactment of a stampede that was somewhere in Australia which goes a little like this –

Lovely little cute unsuspecting dinosaurs having a drink at a billabong, and up sneaks a big scary hungry dinosaur. The little cute guys see him and scarper except one unfortunate dino who gets picked up in hungry dinossaur’s jaws, and shaken to death. Then he drops him from his mouth, stands on him and roars his victory for all to hear.

D Man will watch it over and over, he thinks it’s awesome.



Kikster is a fan of the ‘Useum, and she doesn’t mind the skeletons, but that movie – THAT MOVIE –  has been the basis of many a nightmare.

My daughter is a quite the nocturnal terror type and she has suffered bad dreams since forever, and the beauty of having an early talker was that she could articulate what her dreams were about from about 2.


As you can see, dinosaurs, and dino related homicides feature highly.

As crazy as D Man is about the concept of the monstrous creatures that roamed the Earth, when we went to see some life size animatronic replicas in Auckland it was slightly more traumatic than anticipated. These creatures were phenomenally realistic and they gave a true idea of the scale and ferocity of the dinosaurs.

Looking a little uncertain about being in a cage with two dinosaurs.

Looking a little uncertain about being in a cage with two dinosaurs.

It was all too much for the little bears and it has given the nightmare chart some roughage.

Anyway, that was a year ago and now we are going to brave it again and I’m going to take my prodigiously gifted dinosaur lover and his slightly terrorised dinosaur uncertain sister to another dinosaur extra-va-ma-ganza, and I have extra tickets for one of you and your family of dinosaur lovers too!

The Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo is a fun and educational show of large-scale puppets, from cute baby dinosaurs to some of the biggest carnivores and herbivores that ever walked the planet.

Brought to life by sophisticated design, electronics and theatrical presentation, Erth’s life-like creatures will connect sproglets to the real science of paleontology. They will learn to feed and interact with Australian dinosaur puppets that look unmistakably ‘alive.’ This interactivity is presented in a similar style to live animal shows found at any zoo or wildlife park, and is a key part of what makes the show so captivating.

They recommend kids aged 5 and up but Kiks will be coming along and probably sitting on my lap. Hopefully, they don’t ID us.

Dates: Wed June 24 6pm; Thu 25 June 10am & 12:30pm; Fri 26 June 10am & 12:30pm; Sat 27 June 10:30am

Tickets: $18

Bookings: From the Box Office (02) 8839 3399 or

Venue: Riverside Theatres – Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta

Do you want to come along and see this show?

I have 4 tickets to giveaway to a family. 

Just enter here by commenting about how gifted your dinosaur lover is, and how much they’d love to go and I’ll draw the winner on Monday.




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  • Reply raphaela99 June 12, 2015 at 9:08 am

    My munchkin would love to go and take a friend. She is right into dinosaurs and feels terrible that they were eradicated from the earth. She is an amazing kid with a love of people, guinea pigs and dinosaurs!

    • Reply Danielle June 13, 2015 at 11:17 am

      In that order? I love that she has empathy for them. Are you in Sydney?

      • Reply Raphaela June 15, 2015 at 7:17 am

        We live in Sydney and she said yep, in that order!

        • Reply Danielle June 15, 2015 at 6:42 pm

          Drop me a PM on Facebook, you are the lucky winner picked by D Man!

  • Reply Pip June 12, 2015 at 9:15 am

    As I read your post this morning, we are on the train heading towards the Australian Museum, our favourite museum and the one we have got most value out of membership, as it’s got the dinosaurs!! Both boys are dressed in dinosaur boots, tshirts and carrying dinosaur ‘grabbers’ (actually crocodiles but they are technically dinosaurs anyway, right?). Our dinosaur obsession started with the younger one, mister five was all cars and footy, but he has gladly joined in. Free tickets or not, we’ll definitely be checking this one out!! Ps the dino boots are from Next, I just wish they made them in my size 🙂

    • Reply Danielle June 13, 2015 at 11:16 am

      I bloody love Next! We are there at least once a month, and they go even more often with their Dad. So is the best value annual membership, huh?

  • Reply adamjclements June 12, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    The Far Side is one of my favourite things. ‘Pants first, then shoes’ probably my favourite cartoon. I’ve used that line on so many slow apprentices. And do you think they appreciate it? Kid had dino fever for years, we even had a blow up T-rex that was twice her size for a while. All of the Land Before Time dvds are sitting around somewhere. The original is still the best.

    • Reply Danielle June 13, 2015 at 11:15 am

      How great is Farside. Is Larson still kicking??? Haven’t seen Farside for ages.

  • Reply Kellie Hubbard June 13, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    My 4 year old Ashton would LOVE this! He is fascinated by dinosaurs & how they are stink (his way of saying extinct!). We’ve been talking about going to a dinosaur show for ages but it just hasn’t happened. We’d love to win but if not we might go anyway 🙂

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