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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Get ‘Yer Tickets and WIN TICKETS to Walking with Dinosaurs

You may think Dinosaurs are extinct, but they’re coming to the HP Pavilion in San Jose on December 26-30. WIN FOUR TICKETS TO THE OPENING NIGHT SHOW of Walking with Dinosaurs by posting a comment on Frisco Kids - info at the bottom

This live theatrical arena show is based on the award-winning BBC Television Series. The 90 minute show features ten species from the 200 million year dino reign. A "paleontologist" actor narrates the show, describing the, their actions, and their environment in a historically accurate and entertaining manner. And dino aficionados can try figuring out which is the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Plateosaurus, the Stegosaurus and the Allosaurus to name a few.

The largest is the Brachiosaurus, at 36 feet tall, and 56 feet from nose to tail. The dinosaurs took 50 engineers, fabricators, skin makers, artists, painters and animatronic experts a year to build the original production.

During Walking with Dinosaurs, you’ll see the dinosaurs interacting, and learn how they evolved to walk on two legs, and how they fended off their more agile predators. You’ll see the earth’s continents split and the arid desert transition to lush green prairies, and see the oceans form, volcanoes erupt, a forest catches fire -- all leading to the massive comet, which struck the earth, and forced the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Or so the press release says. Far Side cartoonist Gary Larson’s cartoon showed that maybe the dinosaurs died from smoking cigarettes (scroll down halfway).

I’ll be at the opening night show, so look for my review of Walking with Dinosaurs that weekend.

How to win tickets?
Post a comment on this blog with a dinosaur fact. And either leave your email address in the comment, or email the comment and your fact to me at (but you have to also post the comment). I’ll email the winner about how to get your four free tickets.

Contest ends December 15 at noon Pacific Time.

The tickets are for Friday, December 26 at 7 p.m., at the HP Arean in San Jose.

For those who don’t win, get a $10 off coupon for Walking with Dinosaurs here for the $49 and $70 tickets

What: Walking with Dinosaurs
When: December 26-30, 2008 (9 shows)
Time: Times range from 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Where: HP Pavilion, San Jose
Tickets: Walking with Dinosaurs tickets are $35, $49 and $70. For a $10 coupon off the $49 and $70 tickets, click here.


  1. Instead of chewing their food, some sauropods ground their food between stones in a portion of the digestive tract, much like the gizzard of a modern bird.

  2. The fastest speed for dinosaur is estimated to be 27MPH from the studying of their footprints.

  3. Dinosaurs generally are named after a characteristic body feature, after the place where they were found, or after a person involved in the discovery

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  5. Hey Debbie -
    Love your blog. I check it every week to see what's going on in the Bay Area. We're hitting the model trains at the Conservatory next! (I am not trying to suck up to you, eventhough we know each other and I'm trying to score these tix, ha ha)

    Here's my Dino Fact. The Age of Dinosaurs, known as the Mesozoic Era is divided into three periods: Triassic, Jurassic, & Cretaceous.

  6. The largest complete dinosaur we know of was Brachiosaurus ("arm lizard"); it reached 23 m in length and 12 m in height (about the length of two large school buses and the height of a four-story building)[Source: USGS,]

  7. The oldest dinosaur types are known from rocks in Argentina and Brazil and are about 230 million years old.

  8. My dinosaur facts: The dinosaur that many of us knew as brontosaurus is actually now known as apatosaurus. There's a great display at the Chicago Field Museum (which also houses Sue, the most complete T. Rex skeleton ever found) that details how scientists came to determination that brontosaurus was actually a young apatasaurus. Also, to see more animatronic dinosaurs up close, take a trip across the pond to London's Natural History Museum.

  9. Some dinosaurs ate lizards, turtles, eggs, or early mammals. Some hunted other dinosaurs or scavenged dead animals. Most, however, ate plants (but not grass, which hadn't evolved yet).

    Cool Blog! I'm subscribing!

  10. Drumheller, Alberta Canada has some of the most amazing badlands and is the home of the Tyrell Dinosaur museum. In that area of Alberta, just east of the rockies you can find skeletal and fossil remains of many of our favorite dinosaurs with new ones being found even still. In July this year the remains of an "ostrich like" dinosaur Struthiomimus was found there. My 2 boys would love to see this show.

  11. Dunkleosteus terrelli had a bite stronger than a T-Rex.

  12. My 4 y.o. is in the midst of an unabated dinosaur obsession. He is a walking encyclopedia on dinos! I'm not, however, so will grab one of his books for a dino fact. It is: The scelidosaurus is the oldest armoured dinosaur which scientists knowa bout.

    (I thought I'd entered my comment a few days ago, but it's not here; I seem to often have trouble when commenting on Blogger blogs, not sure why.)

  13. Would love to go!!

  14. We'd love to go :)

    Fact: The largest complete T-Rex skeleton was sold for 7.6 Million Dollars (USD) in 1990.

  15. According to George Poinar Jr, a professor or Zoology at Oregon State University, says that insects may have been the key contributor in the extinction of dinosaurs. "Asteroid impacts or massive volcanic flows might have occurred around the time dinosaurs became extinct, but a new argument is that the mightiest creatures the world has ever known may have been brought down by a tiny, much less dramatic force -- biting, disease-carrying insects."

  16. One of the most recognizable fossils found in our region is the California state fossil, the Pleistocene-age Smilodon californicus, better known as the Ice Age saber-toothed cat. You will not find any older land mass dinosaurs in this area because it was under water during their time period.

  17. My boys like to tell me that dinosaur means terrible lizard. Just took a fun trip to the LA Museum of Natural History to see the dinos.

    If my boys could have just one gift for the holidays, it would be to see Walking With Dinosaurs live. We have the DVD and it is amazing.

    ftbdad AT

  18. The great meat-eater Megalosaurus was the first dinosaur ever to be named.

    What an wonderful giveaway!

    orad45133 AT mypacks DOT net

  19. Dinosaurs were airheads...and that's not just because they had tiny brains. New 3-D scans of the skulls of Tyrannosaurus rex and other dinosaurs reveal the creatures had more empty space inside their heads than previously thought.

    These air spaces made the skulls light but strong and could have helped dinosaurs breathe, communicate, and hunt.

    i hope you like my fact...

  20. The largest known dinosaur of the Mesozoic era was the Argentinosaurus, which is estimated to have weighed up to 90 tonnes.

    But no dinosaur came close in size to the blue whale, which can weight up to 170 tonnes.