Walk with dinosaurs at Jurassic Quest in York

Dawn J Sagert
The York Dispatch

Have you ever imagined what it might have been like to cuddle a baby dinosaur, to look into the mouth of a velociraptor or stand next to a stegosaurus?

You can check all of those things off your bucket list at Jurassic Quest at the York Expo Center this weekend.

“We are a traveling dinosaur exhibit and essentially a children’s museum,” said Jurassic Quest media coordinator Angela LeBlanc. The exhibit boasts more than 80 ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs and offers the public a chance to walk among them within Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous environments.

Dino babies, dino science stations, fossil digs, dino rides and more will be offered over the three-day event  Friday through Sunday at the Utz Arena.

“The exhibit is animatronic and moving and you hear the roaring and the lights will be down — it’s a lot of fun,” LeBlanc said.

Emily Phelps, with Jurassic Quest, straightens the wire fingers covered in foam on the Deinonychus dinosaur as creatures of all shapes and sizes are set up for Jurassic Quest, happening this weekend, at York Expo Center - Utz Arena in York City, Thursday, April 6, 2017. Phelps is the head face painter, works with lighting and also does repairs. Dawn J. Sagert photo

“The babies,” LeBlanc added, “that’s my favorite part. They’re so real.”

The show runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $20 for kids 2 to 12 and seniors 65 and older and $25 for ages 13 to 64, with a kids VIP ticket for $29 that includes dinosaur rides, fossil digs and more. Free general admission is offered for children younger than 2.

Tickets may be purchased online at: www.jurassicquest.com/york.html.