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Dinos at the Zoo!

DINOSAURS ALIVE! AT THE TORONTO ZOO
WHEN Runs until October 8 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Toronto Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
CONCEPT Dinophiles can travel back in time with life-size reconstructions of their favourite fascinating creatures in a jaw-dropping exhibit.
WHAT YOU’LL SEE As many as 16 live, animatronic dinosaurs in an exhibit so big, it’s the only one of its kind in North America.
SPECIAL EFFECTS Interactive buttons let you dictate dinosaur activity and hear the convincing, inimitable sounds of a stegosaurus or triceratops.
BEHIND THE SCENES These life-like oversized reptiles were built in China, dismantled, then shipped overseas for your viewing pleasure.
REALITY FACTOR The creatures engage in minimal movement, but the room-shaking roars and authentic sights recalling the Mesozoic era prove to be remarkably realistic.
COOLEST THING An intriguing, less intimidating display of dinosaur skeletons and other fossils from China provide education as well as entertainment.
AGE RANGE For kids 3 and up. Be sure to fit in a pep talk preparing the little ones for some big scary fun.
WHILE YOU’RE THERE From September 1 to 3, characters from TV’s Max & Ruby come to life with “Max’s Big Salad,” a whimsical interactive production full of engaging stories and catchy songs. At Waterside Theatre, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., $1.
COST Free with general zoo admission; kids $12, adults $20. Group rates are available. Parking $8 (cash only).
GO! The zoo is located on Meadowvale Road in Scarborough, north of Highway 401 at Old Finch Avenue. Call 416-392-5929 or visit www.torontozoo.com for more information.

TIP! Bring out your wild side by impersonating your favourite animal with face painting ($6, located at the front entrance, the Dinostore, and in the Disovery Zone) or an airbrushed tatto ($6 to $9, located in the Discovery Zone near the Dinostore or Splash Island).

—Kathleen Newman-Bremang and Vivane Kertész

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