Review - Dinoscovery by Dinosaurs Live! Exhibition

~ Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 7:41 AM ~

Over a month ago, I received an email invitation to visit the Dinoscovery by Dinosaurs Live! exhibition at the sprawling 13,000 sqft  Discoveria, Avenue K which is located near Petronas Twin Towers. To be honest, up until that moment I received the invitation, I have never set foot in Avenue K and I was not aware there is a dinosaur exhibition as well.

So without any doubt, of course I jumped at the chance hahahah.... but, but, thanks to the generosity of the sponsor, I managed to secure not just complimentary tickets for our family (2 adults and 3 kiddos), I also get additional 2 tickets which I invited 2 of our kiddos' favorite cousins along. I figured an outing like this, the more children the merrier, plus I can foresee our kiddos having much more fun if their favorite cousins are following as well, so yay!

Before I begin, do note that there is a sign at the ticketing counter showing no pictures allowed so the pictures you see in this post are taken sheepishly and secretly by yours truly here at the risk of my mummy blogger reputation as I would want to present as much info as possible to you guys. Without further ado, check out my review below...

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About the exhibition:

"From now until 28 February 2015, EMS Entertainment is bringing the Dinoscovery by Dinosaurs Live! exhibition at the sprawling 13,000 sqft  Discoveria, Avenue K. Dinoscovery features a number of reengineered, life size, animatronic dinosaurs in true-to-life adventure like settings where you can hear them move and roar.

The exhibition's star attraction, the Dino Quest where children will be transformed into mini Indiana Jones complete with a Paleontologist vest, torchlight, map and a RFID band to help them in their scavenger hunt for dinosaurs' specimens. Upon completion of each activity, they'll just have to stick the relevant stickers onto the map accordingly in order to redeem either a Junior or Expert Paleontologist certificate at the end of the tour. Other attractions the may enjoy are such as scaling a wall to take a peek at Pteranodon's eggs, racing a Gallimimus in a 10-metre race and saving a herd of Diplodocuses from mosquitoes amongst others."

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We arranged for the outing on a Saturday early this month (need to arrange timing with nephew and niece) and we reached there at 2pm. 


** Location wise to the exhibition: As a first-timer to Avenue K, it is quite easy to locate the exhibition. Just go all the way up to 4th floor, you can easily see the giant half-bodied dinosaur at the exit (right outside the cafeteria). There are some games you can play outside the exhibition as well. Do note that children below 60cm go into the exhibition for FREE! In case you are not sure of your kiddo's height, there is a pillar with height wall sticker which you can get your kiddo to lean against to check on their height. Altogether, there are a total of 2 adults (hubby and myself) and 5 kiddos - age 12, 10, 5, 2.5 and 9.5months.

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** Preparation before beginning the adventure:  We went in through this huge wooden door, I personally need a minute or two to adjust to the light and darkness once we stepped inside. Inside, only 5 of us were each given a Paleontologist vest (hubby and baby didn't have one), while only 1 person was given the torchlight and a RFID band, which we appointed our 10 year old nephew to be our expedition leader. We were also given a map with stickers provided which we just have to stick the relevant stickers onto the map accordingly in order to redeem a certificate at the end of the exhibition.

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** The adventure:  We were first ushered into a small room to watch a mini orientation video on what to look out for and how to use the RFID band to look for clues etc. Once done, we started our expedition.

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We were greeted with some very high quality dinosaur animatronics that moves its head, tails and the kiddos made a pit stop whenever they see those LCD stand so they can get clues to complete their map.

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Some of the exhibits that are clearly enjoyed by our kiddos are the rock-climbing (see picture above of our 2.5 years old girl trying out rock-climbing), race the Theropod (very cool to race against the Theropod and see who wins), excavation pit (sand digging to find dinosaur fossils) and erupt an active volcano (foam balls shooting out from the air machine).

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I learned some cool stuff such as spinosaurus tooth which has been found in Malaysia and how it feels like to be touching dinosaur's poop, all thanks to our curious nephew who dug into the hole and grabbed some icky gooey substance which can only be wiped off with baby wipes.

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The kiddos were given some coloring paper to draw on (color pencils provided) after which their artwork will be submitted for the coloring contest. There is a small memorabilia shop next to it which you can browse and buy souvenirs from. We also sat in the 3D room to watch a documentary about dinosaurs. And of course, a Junior Paleontologist certificate for completing the map for the kiddos.

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** Facilities provided in the exhibition:

  • As a mother of 3 hyperactive kiddos, I would appreciate some sort of benches or stool for tired parents to rest on.

  • You need to exit the place to go to the restroom in 3rd floor (quite a distance walk - especially when you are totting a 2.5 years old girl) and I wished there is a small room for baby - be it for diaper changing or for breastfeeding. I had to nurse our 9.5 months old girl in the 3D movie room.

  • Towards the exit of the exhibition, there is an area for kiddos to draw stuff (for coloring contest submission), a small shop for memorabilia and a cafeteria. 

  • The place is stroller-friendly so no worries for parents, bring on the strollers!

  • The staffs are courteous and friendly, fast to assist and accommodating as well.

  • There are a few photography spots where there will be a designated photographer to take pictures of you and family (and superimposed with awesome background like volcano erupting or T-rex roaring at you), you can choose to print out and buy the pictures towards the end of the exhibition at the Photo Op station (same area with kiddos coloring area). I do feel the picture fees is a bit expensive (RM20 a piece, it gets lower if you print more) but still maybe it's just me but after considering the good quality exhibits, enjoyable adventure and cool photos taken, I guess paying RM65 for 4 pictures are okay.


** SUMMARY OF REVIEW:

We spent about 3 hours in the exhibition! We enjoyed ourselves and glad to see all kiddos enjoyed themselves. You should checkout this exhibition as it is unique and have activities and games catered for children's mind and creativity not to forget for the learning opportunities as well.

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Dinoscovery is open every day from 10am to 10pm including school and public holidays.

You can find out more from http://discoveria.com.my/

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Do note that I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the complimentary tickets in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

Random Act of Kindness

~ Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 8:07 AM ~

We were out for our family dinner when our 2.5 years old Alyson suddenly wanted to go to the restroom to pee. I took her to the restroom in the restaurant and the moment we walked into the aisle towards the restroom section, I saw a pregnant lady waiting for her turn outside the female's restroom. There is only 1 room for female and 1 room for male.

I thought of asking the lady whether we could jump queue seeing our girl is getting restless (she really needs to pee) but I looked at the heavily pregnant lady and remembered I used to be like that - 3 times... and every single time I wanted to use the public restroom when I was pregnant, was kinda urgent and if I have to go, I have to go. I mean, if you have been pregnant, you would certainly know that our bladder can't store much pee when your baby is pressing heavily on you as you get into the later pregnancy stage.

Yes, I do know that little children's bladder are small too and they can't control their pee long but looking on at the pregnant lady and remembering back my pregnancies experiences, I hesitated asking the pregnant lady. And so I carried our girl and gently whispered to her to hold her pee, I kept distracting her so she won't think about her strong urge to pee until her turn to use the restroom.

Then the person in the female's restroom got out and I told myself 'Okay, okay, we just gotta wait through this pregnant lady and prays I won't get peed on so fast!' when suddenly, the pregnant lady looked at me and said 'You guys go first!'

Oh my...

I am stunned.

What a random act of kindness.

Unexpected.

Totally and deeply appreciated.

I thanked her profusely and quickly brought our girl in and helped her out. All done in less than 1 minute.

When we got out, I thanked the pregnant lady again for her kindness.

May God bless her and her loved ones!

** Further reading:

  • Luke 6:38 (NIV) ~ Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

  • Colossians 3:12 (NIV) ~ Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

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Pillar Of Support

~ Posted on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 8:34 AM ~

I received this in my email, one of the many inspirational articles I get and totally agree with it!

One of the major tasks of a mother is to give her children support. Here’s how:

  • Program your children for success. What you want them to be, tell them they are.

  • Expose your children to people you admire. If you surround your children with those you admire—youth group leaders, teachers, baby-sitters, relatives—you can provide a “stereo” version of value-training.

  • Tell, tell, tell your children what they are doing right. Lavish sincere words of praise on your children, whatever their age.

  • Teach your children to become pillars to others. Encourage them to invest praise and encouragement in the lives of their friends.

It’s not hard to be a pillar of support for our children. Like most of us, they are waiting to be encouraged.

Further reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV), Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)

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