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Should You Take the Kids to: Walking With Dinosaurs?

Walking With Dinosaurs
Dates: August 19 to 23, 2009
Show times: 7 p.m. from Aug. 19 to 21, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Aug. 22, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Aug. 23. There are two English performances, six French performances
Cost: Tickets range from $19 to $70
To get more information or book tickets, go to Gillett Entertainment Group’s Walking With the Dinosaurs page.

Dinosaurs typically fascinate young children – especially T-Rex, the king of them all. Did you know that a T-Rex will soon be lumbering into the Bell Centre?

For the first time in Montreal, a live show called Walking With Dinosaurs will be performed from August 19 to 23. Based on a BBC TV series, Walking With Dinosaurs features 15 life-size models of dinosaurs that move and roar. The show tells the story of how dinosaurs lived and ruled the earth millions of years ago.

Judging from various clips, it looks like an amazingly real and unforgettable experience, but also potentially frightening for children under age five. Whether you’re thinking about taking the kids this year, or just interested in knowing more about the show for another time, here’s the age recommendation from the Walking With Dinosaurs website:

“We recommend the show for ages from three to 93. The show has been carefully written and produced for the entire family, and there is no violence. The show has been produced however to provide a fair amount of realism – so to simulate earthquakes, volcanoes and comets impacting the earth, along with the primal roars of the dinosaurs, our show sound design is loud in many places. Some children (and adults) are sometimes momentarily taken by surprise by the impact of the sound, but usually our general fascination with dinosaurs, the symphonic music and the rich, yet subtle lighting tends to balance any momentary fear. Our experience is that most children sit relatively quietly in awe of the dinosaurs.

“The view of the show is spectacular from anywhere in the arena – and the higher seats provide a panoramic view that allows the audience to take in the entire spectacle. If you have concerns that the effects will be strong, we can suggest that it is sometimes better to choose seating that is further away so the proximity of the dinosaurs is less imposing.”

Good to know: The show lasts 93 minutes, including a half-hour intermission.

Other coming children’s shows:
Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic, Bell Centre, October 7 to 12.
Read I Spy Montreal Review of Disney on Ice experience
Backyardigans Sea Deep Adventure, Théâtre St. Denis, Monday, Oct. 12, 2009, 3:30 p.m.
Disney Live! Playhouse, Théâtre St. Denis, Dec. 18 to 29.

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