Two dinosaur exhibits in Phoenix: what to know about 'Dinosaurs in the desert' and 'Pangaea'

PHOENIX - Junior paleontologists, listen up.

Two exhibitions set to open in the next two months plan to bring life-sized dinosaurs and excavation experiences to the Valley.

So you don't get confused, here is a bit about each -- when they open, what there is to see and do, and how much it'll cost.

DINOSAURS IN THE DESERT - PHOENIX ZOO

Twenty-three animatronic dinosaurs -- Brachiosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Citipati -- will line the Desert Lives Trail walking path at the Phoenix Zoo for "Dinosaurs in the Desert," a temporary self-guided exhibition.

Each of the dinosaurs move and make sounds. They have also been painted to represent the colors of desert animals, such as a jaguar or desert spiny lizard.

Kids will be able to dig for fossils at one spot along the trail and zookeepers will answer dinosaur facts.

The self-guided experience opens to the general public on Oct. 6 and closes on April 30, 2018. (Members get an early preview, Oct. 3-5). The cost is $4 for members and $5 for non-members and is in addition to regular zoo admission ($14-$25 per person). Read more.

 

PANGAEA: LAND OF THE DINOSAURS - ODYSEA IN THE DESERT COMPLEX

"Pangaea" is a new attraction coming to Odysea in the Desert, a 35-acre entertainment complex at the Loop 101 and Via de Ventura. Owner Adam Kariotoglou said the 20,000-square-foot attraction would have 50 animatronic dinosaurs, including a T. Rex and pterodactyl. It will also have a place to excavate fossils, dinosaur rides, an obstacle course, and interactive exhibits.

It is scheduled to open at the end of November. General admission will be $17.95 - $24.95 per person, and include 90 minutes within the attraction, with add-on experiences an additional $4.95 - $12.95 each, according to a press release.

Above it will be a dinosaur-themed restaurant serving American and Greek food. Read more.

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