Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo: Get Up Close and Personal with Extinct Creatures at the New Vic
Even though my son is almost eight-years-old, he still loves dinosaurs. He's been obsessed with them ever since he was little, and over the years we've explored every major dino-themed attraction near NYC, from Field Station: Dinosaurs in Secaucus, New Jersey to the Dinosaur Place in Oakdale, Connecticut to countless hours spent running around the American Museum of Natural History. So when I heard that the prehistoric creatures would be taking over the New Victory Theater in Erth's Dinosaur Zoo, I knew we had to go.
Created by Erth, an innovative Australian puppet troupe, Dinosaur Zoo isn't traditional theater. There is no plot or characters. Instead, it's equal parts animal encounter, puppet performance, petting zoo (yes, you get to meet these dinos up close!) and cursory lecture about the history of these extinct beasts. If you've got a child who can't get enough of dinosaurs, Erth's Dinosaur Zoo, which only plays through Sunday, January 27, is an experience you won't want to miss. But read on for some important information about the show, including why you should probably think twice before bringing your preschooler, no matter how much he loves his T.rex.