Dinosaurs are amazing. As a little boy, I could name them all: Tyrannosauraus, Allosaurus, Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus… I could go on, and I would if I didn’t limit myself to a max of 700 words. I had dinosaur pajamas, toys, I love Jurassic Park… dinosaurs were my jam and I was always super bummed that I wasn’t able to walk with them in real life.

    Luckily my son, who shares my love of dinosaurs, won’t have to bummed thanks to Discover the Dinosaurs Unleashed.

    This traveling, interactive museum was at the Clark County Fairgrounds last weekend and will be heading to the Oregon State Fairgrounds this week. This is a full on, multi-media dino display. Start out with a journey through the Mesozoic Era and learn all about your beloved dinosaurs from the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous! Robotic, life like and life size dinosaurs will have you screaming in both fear and elation. Next, get out some of that pent up energy in a dinosaur themed bounce house.

    Now, I have often fantasized about riding on a shark. Sharks are nature’s perfect hunters and perfect killers. I imagine dinosaurs were much the same way. Here, you can ride a mechanical dinosaur, one that shimmies and sways, breaths, grunts, and maybe even bucks. I don’t know what this is like and I can’t wait to find out. I just hope that they let the adults partake.

    But, wow, the fun never ends. Dig in the dirt and look for dinosaur bones, get your face painted with your favorite dinosaur, exercise your creative muscles with dinosaur related arts and crafts, go on a dino themed scavenger hunt, and strike a pose in front of and on numerous dinosaurs.

    Dinosaurs have been dead for millions of years but thanks to the folks at Discover the Dinosaurs Unleashed, you can experience them in almost all of their glory. I don’t want to build it up too much. It probably won’t be like swimming with Sharks. There will be no real danger here. But, fun, absolutely. Nostalgia and a little bit of a dream coming true. Yes. At least for this dad right here.

    Discover the Dinosaurs Unleashed will be coming to the Oregon State Fair in Salem, Oregon this weekend. It’s only an hour from Portland. Buy your ticket today! http://www.discoverthedinosaurs.com/.

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