Discover The Dinosaurs; See Dinosaur Bones
All week long radio and TV ads have been playing all times of day, surely not to miss a minute. The great "Discover The Dinosaurs Exhibit," live at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The advertisement offered over sixty life-size dinosaurs and by the video you can see they did do that.
My wife and I had discussed taking the kids so she looked into it further by going to their website discoverthedinosaurs.com. Unfortunately on the day we planned to go I wound up with the flu, booooo bad daddy. However, with the aid of a very generous grandma and grandpa, who took our two boys ages 7 and 4, the day for the kids was not a total loss. As for me, I slept on the bathroom floor for a while.
My wife felt it only fair to inform the grandparents of what she found out in her research of the exhibit. Well, let's just say it is a bit pricey and maybe just a bit misleading. If you don't do your research on the fine print, the stuff you couldn't read at the bottom of the TV advertisement, you might be slightly surprised at the over-all expense of the exhibit. I would have paid anything not to have the flu however, but in fairness I thought I should share the cost with everyone.
The price to get in the door was $16.00 for adults and $11.00 for kids, children under 2 were free. Not too bad right? Well there are extras, the really cool stuff you know every kid is going to want to participate in like the gem mining, face painting, dino-rides, mini-golf, and inflatables. These attractions were all offered with the purchase of a wrist band at an extra cost of $20.00. The wrist band included everything except gem mining and face painting, these were offered at an extra cost from $6.00 to $12.00, depending on what you wanted. I'm not sure if the prices change with the cost of the venue or not. These are the prices paid at this particular venue.
You can see how two adults and two children could easily add up to a $100.00 day very quickly. Not small change. These semi-misleading advertising campaigns and high ticket prices had some of the local folks having a field day on facebook warning would-be dino goers to stay away. Some folks as they walked out were warning others walking into the attraction not to waste their money. In fairness to the company they do inform the public of the extra charges on their website, if it's working at the time.
Here's how I can truly offer an unbiased opinion of the whole thing. I didn't spend my hard earned money at the attraction my in-laws did, however, I did hear the rave reviews of my two boys. They thought it was great. My 7 year-old walked me through the whole thing start to finish. He told me what he learned about certain dinosaurs and what a great time he had. He took loads of pictures and he can't wait to talk about it with all of his friends at school on Monday. The in-laws didn't gripe at all. They're so good, they just loved spoiling the kids.
In the end that's who it's for right?.....The kids. My oldest gave it a 10 on his scale, however most adults would most likely have given the exhibit a negative number judging by some of the not-so-nice facebook posts. I have some great video of my boys and they are a little bit wiser of the history of our planet. That has to be worth something right? As for my flu, I'm feeling better Thanks.
Maybe when the Discover The Dinosaur exhibit comes to your town you can try the flu trick on your in-laws. Just kidding Jim. It's all what you make of it.
Have you seen this exhibit?
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