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See the dinosaurs at the civic center

April 19, 2017
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Step back millions of years and see how the world was when dinosaurs ruled the earth was T-Rex Planet returns to the Lee Civic Center this weekend for two days of fun.

T-Rex Planet, which also appeared at the civic center two years ago, is designed to teach people of all ages about dinosaurs in a fun and engaging way, while giving attendees the opportunity to have fun at the same time, especially children.

Dave Eldika, the show's manager, said T-Rex Planet, based out of Dearborn, Mich., is made for all ages, but geared toward kids.

"Kids learn and read about dinosaurs but never get to see one. It's a chance for them to see what they're learning about in a way we call edu-tainment," Eldika said.

People will get to see the dinosaurs as they appeared when they walked the earth. They are animatronic so they appear to gnash their teeth and breath the same air as us while interesting facts are shown about each animal, such as what they ate, when they lived and the like.

Among the dinosaurs will be the massive Mamenchisaurus and two Tyrannosaurus Rex's which will tower over the festivities.

The animals are meticulously crafted and appear almost lifelike as they are depicted in scenes appropriate for that era. There are also replica fossils exhibited.

For the kids, there will be plenty for them to do. They can go on a fossil dig, ride a friendly walking dinosaur, watch dinosaurs in the Dino-theater, go on a virtual reality roller coaster ride, dance to a three-piece dinosaur band and burn off some steam playing dinobasketball, dinodarts and playing in the numerous bounce houses and on the Velcro wall.

They can even see a baby T-Rex as it is carried around throughout the day.

There will also be face painting, souvenirs for sale as well as food and drinks.

General admission is $20 for people 13 and up, and $25 for children 12 and under. Tickets for the dinosaur rides and inflatables can be purchased starting at $3 each. There is also an additional cost for face painting and $5 for parking.

Show times are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, go to



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