Learn about the creatures at an ongoing exhibition at Malaysia Tourism Centre in Kuala Lumpur, writes Loong Wai Ting
THE roar of dinosaurs are heard as soon as I park my car near Lanai at Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC) on Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. A Jurassic-themed dinosaur exhibition is being held at the centre.
Outside, a lifelike animatronic pachycephalosaurid moves its head from side to side as if greeting visitors.
Set against the backdrop of the KL Tower, another dinosaur - a smaller version of the T-Rex - is perched on top of a large metal container box.
The exhibition, Dinosaurs Alive in Kuala Lumpur, first opened its doors to visitors last July and will end in January 2018. From 10am to 10pm daily, visitors can look forward to a fun-filled day.
With circus-like tents set up on the grounds of MaTiC, it’s quite roomy with plenty of space for the kids to explore and learn about the pre-historic creatures.
A blast of cold air hits my face as I make my way into the exhibition grounds with my colleague, Nik Hariff Hassan, in tow. Inside, strobe lights and LED lights in various colours shine down on the pre-historic creatures — some move, others don’t.
The exhibition features more than 40 lifelike, animatronic dinosaurs (each one comes with a name plate and information about its size, diet etc). The animatronic dinosaurs have very soft, rubbery “skin”, which makes them feel even more lifelike.
As if on cue, a blast of dry ice is released into the air, creating that misty and mysterious feel ofpre-historic forest. It’s almost as if you’ve been transported back in time or have stepped into one of those Hollywood dinosaur movies.
One of the highlights of the exhibition is being “welcomed” by the 9m tall and 25m-long Tyrannosaurus Rex in the middle of the entrance. Specially curated for this exhibition, the T-Rex was shipped from Australia by the Australia-based company Showtime Attractions to Malaysia and assembled here.
I remember an exhibition on dinosaurs in the city many, many years ago; the then 8-year-old me wanted to become an archaeologist or a scientist.
If you’re feeling a little adventurous, head over to the dinosaur egg and fossil dig zone, where you can chip away at stones and discover your own mini dinosaurs. And the best part is, you’re allowed to take them home.
There’s also a dinosaur sand-crafting area and themed jumping castles for the little ones to enjoy themselves. If you need abreak, just head over to the food and beverages section.
When it’s time to head home, do stop by the merchandise store for dinosaur-themed gifts and toys.
The exhibition can be experienced at your own pace although on weekends, it can get a little crowded.
Pictures by Nik Hariff Hassan
Lanai inMalaysia Tourism Centre,
Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
HOURS 10am - 10pm daily until January 2018
TICKETS Priced at RM50 for adults and RM30 for kids aged 3-12. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more, as well as for school groups of 20 or more students. Packages and bookings are available for private and corporate events, social groups, VIPs and special functions with prior arrangement.