A few weeks ago I was browsing Ticketmaster to see if there was anything coming up for us to go and see when I noticed that Walking with Dinosaurs was coming to the SECC.
I managed to get us some tickets for the Saturday show and we decided not to tell Miss B and have a surprise day out.
When we got to the SECC car park Miss B started trying to guess what we might be going to see and the first thing we saw was a picture of Girls Aloud who were playing that night. At first she was super excited because she thought she was going to see Cheryl and Kimberley but thankfully when she found out we were going to see some dinosaurs she was equally excited.
I wasn’t sure what to expect and when we went in to the SECC there was a large piece of set in the middle of the floor that Miss B said looked like mountains.
The story was narrated by Huxley, a Palaeontologist who took us on a journey though time specifically through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. It started with some dinosaur eggs that then hatched and lovely little dinosaur babies popped out which was quickly followed by one of them getting eaten by a big dinosaur. It really set the tone for the rest of the show and I’m glad it wasn’t sugar coated for the audience which had a lot of children.
The story through time continued with all different species of dinosaurs appearing and I realised at one point I was staring at the dinosaurs like Miss B was, all starry eyed and in awe. The models were spectacular and although I could see legs in the smaller ones and the driver underneath the bigger models, I was mesmerised. They were so realistic, the way they moved around the floor, the way the skin moved
The production was great, the music and video screens built the story up around the props and dinosaurs and there were even inflatable plants and flowers to help the story come alive. The creatures came out one by one and got bigger each time ending with the T-Rex which was Miss Bs favourite. A baby T-Rex came out followed by its Mum who was protecting her youngling from a predator. After a very tense fight between the big dinosaurs Mummy T roared and it was so loud it echoed through your chest which was then followed by a kitten like squawk from Baby T trying to imitate her. The whole place went crazy and it was a real crowd pleasing moment.
I must admit that I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did but it was a great family day out and I would definitely go and see it again. If you get the opportunity to go I can’t recommend it enough.
Here are some pictures of our day out:
Pretending to be a T-Rex