Tyrannosaurus Rex and dozens of his big-boned friends will roar into town today as part of the Dinosaur World Tour. Featuring the largest flying-reptile exhibit ever assembled -- including the giant Quetzalcoatlus, with its 27-foot wingspan -- Dinosaur World offers more than a hundred displays, including 2,000 square feet of dinosaur eggs, nests and babies, robotic dinosaur models and a Seismosaurus skeleton, which measures over 135 feet long.
The tour "is very scientific and very educational, but it's also very accessible to kids of all ages," says Brian Kitts, director of marketing for Kroenke Sports, which is co-producing the event with the Denver Zoo and Iron Range Production. "Dinosaurs have long captured people's imaginations. These skeletons are impressive, whether you're eight years old or eighty."
To house all these long-extinct creatures, a 53,000-square-foot structure has been built near the Universal Lending Pavilion on the grounds of the Pepsi Center. While there, visitors can actually put their hands on the prehistoric world at the ten "Touch the Past" interactive stations and in the "Dig Pit," where kids can excavate dinosaur fossils.
"You can get down in the dirt and really feel what it would be like to dig up dinosaur bones," says Kitts.
Tickets for the Dinosaur World Tour, which is open now through November 16, are $10 for adults, $7 for kids ages three to twelve and seniors 65 and older; kids two and under will be admitted free. Parking is $5 per car. To purchase tickets, visit the Pepsi Center box office, call 303-830-TIXS or visit www.ticketmaster.com. For more information on the exhibit itself, go to www.dinosaurworldtour.com or call 720-931-2038. -- Julie Dunn
Puppeteers bring Peter and the Wolf to life
He's performed for 45 years in such faraway places as Tokyo and Tehran, but this afternoon, California-based puppeteer Jim Gamble will bring his famed marionette troupe to the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 South Allison Parkway, for a fresh take on Sergei Prokofiev's 1936 classic, Peter and the Wolf. The curtain rises at 2 p.m. for this one-time-only rendition, which was originally written as a young person's introduction to the orchestra. Gamble takes Prokofiev's tale of the boy who outfoxed the wolf and adds humor and fun with an ensemble of talented puppet people, animals and animated instruments.
"The instruments really come to life" in this performance, says Susan Martin, who booked the show.
And because the center's theater holds just 310 seats, everyone will be able to see the puppets. "There isn't a bad seat in the house," Martin notes, and she's not just stringing you along. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids three to twelve and students thirteen to 21 with ID, and $9 for seniors. Call 303-987-7845 or visit www.lakewood.org for further information. -- Hart Van Denburg