I know it’s a pretty cliché thing for little boys to be in to dinosaurs, but I’ve never met anyone more in to dinosaurs than my 4 year old nephew. His big brother was a fan when he was younger, but not to the extent his little brother is. He can tell you the long complex names of different dinosaurs, whether they are herbivores or carnivores and other random but important facts about what they do. So when I was offered tickets to review the amazing Dinosaur World Live, I knew who was first on my list to take with me!
Dinosaur World Live is show aimed at ages 3 and above, taking the audience on a journey to discover a pre-historic world of life-like dinosaurs – including a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Segnosaurus and of course, the almighty T-Rex!
With Alfie only being 2, I was a bit worried how he would react to the show. Whilst we were waiting in the foyer for my sister and nephews to arrive, we could see in to the theatre and Alfie started to get excited and ask about the dinosaurs. It was very dark so I thought it would scare him, but I was really surprised! All he did was ask if I would hold his hand. My 4 year old nephew however was petrified, poor thing! So whilst the show does recommend an age of 3 and up, Alfie loved it but my nephew was more apprehensive.
We had seats up on the balcony which I think were perfect for us as we had a brilliant view but were far enough away that Alfie didn’t get scared. The show started and Miranda burst on to the stage with bags of energy! She took us through who she was and what she was going to show us and then suddenly on trots Juliet! I’m not going to pretend that I can remember all the names of the dinosaurs, but I do know this was a very big one with a very long tail!
The way the dinosaurs moved on the stage was amazing. They were led by human puppeteers who you could see, but you didn’t notice due to the sheer size and stunning way the dinosaurs looked. The way Miranda interacted with the dinosaurs was brilliant – she treated them like pets which I’m sure is the reason Alfie wasn’t scared of them.
The show included a lot of audience participation which was really great to see. Towards the end of the show Alfie actually put his hand up when she asked who would like to come up on the stage, but as we were on the balcony this obviously wasn’t possible which made me a little sad for him as I was so impressed he wanted to (although I’m 100% sure he would have freaked as soon as he got close!!).
My favourite dinosaur was definitely the Triceratops – first they brought out the baby and then they brought out his brother and he was stunning! Alfie was giggling away as Miranda tickled her pet. Then finally we got to meet the big one – Mr T-Rex himself. It was amazing and a real highlight of the show.
The show lasted 50 minutes which was perfect. Short enough that it kept the attention of the children but long enough that it feels like a proper show. There was then some time afterwards for a meet and greet with the dinosaurs which was brilliant – they looked every better close up! Alfie wouldn’t go anywhere near them (standard!) but my eldest nephew got straight in there for a stroke.
We all absolutely loved the show – even my 4 year old nephew came around and enjoyed it by the end. It was the perfect way to spend a morning as a family and you could see that the whole audience loved it! Alfie is still talking about the dinosaurs days later, which for a 2 year old who has the attention span of a duck, shows how much he enjoyed it.
I think it worked really well in the theatre as it was small so you could fully appreciate the immenseness of the animals. I hadn’t been to the theatre before, but it was a great family friendly setting. It was also the first time we’d taken Alfie to see a show and I was really impressed with how well he sat there and watched the whole thing. We will definitely be taking him back to see another show really soon!
*We were gifted the tickets for the show in exchange for this review but all opinions are my own and honest*