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Get up close with dinosaurs

Dinosaurs have invaded Pasadena, and when they’re done with that city, the herd of prehistoric creatures will take on Costa Mesa next before ending their reign in Pomona.

No, this isn’t another disaster 2020 and 2021 are throwing at us, this is the Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru Experience, a national dinosaur touring exhibit that opened at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena on Jan. 15 with dates scheduled through Jan.31.

From there, the dinos will stomp their way to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa Feb. 5-14 and then to Fairplex in Pomona Feb. 19-28.

“I will tell you that folks love dinosaurs. Kids love it, every kid around the world learns about dinosaurs and what’s interesting is that people don’t seem to outgrow it. The adults are equally interested in it,” said Adam Friedman, chief executive officer of Jurassic Quest, which previously had walk-through events before the pandemic.

The drive-thru experience is made up of more than 70 Jurassic-era creatures set up in a parking lot. Some stand still looking majestic, others move and growl as if they’re alive. All look realistic, as if they were plucked out of time from millions of years ago.

It’s also educational since it’s coupled with an audio show that talks about the history of dinosaurs, including the places they lived and the various periods in which they existed.

“It’s edutainment, there’s a lot of entertainment but it’s also educational so both parents and kids love it,” Friedman said.

Just make sure to keep an eye out for the signs that tell you when to turn on and when to pause the audio because it’s timed to describe the animals you’re seeing out of your window.

The dinosaurs are all to scale with paleontology experts making sure they are accurately portrayed, Friedman said.

And these creatures aren’t cheap either. Friedman said it can take months to make each animal and some can cost as much as $30,000 each. The dinos are made out of layers of foam over an animatronic metal frame that’s equipped with motors for movement. Depending on the dinosaurs, some have rubbery outer layers while others have fur or feathers.

The journey will take about an hour from the time people check in to the time the escape the claws of these reptiles. Actually, it’s not scary at all and all kids should be able to handle the tour.

The Star