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Walking with the Dinosaurs at the Honda Center September 3rd -7th

Sunday, May 11th, 2014


Walking With Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular returns to North America


Based on the award-winning BBC Television Series


Performs at Honda Center for limited eight performance engagement September 3 – 7
Tickets on sale now!

Dinosaurs once again roam the earth when the spectacular production, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR, based on the award-winning BBC Television Series, returns to North America. 
WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR will be performed at Honda Center for a limited eight performance engagement from Wednesday, September 3 to Sunday, September 7.
Tickets on sale now at, by phone at 800-745-3000 and in person at Ticketmaster retail outlets and the Honda Center box office.
The critics have called this show ‘awesome’, ‘spectacular’ and ‘breathtaking.  This updated production will showcase changes to the dinosaurs based on the latest scientific research including the likely feathering of some species. Worldwide, more than eight million people have seen this show in 243 cities and over 2,000 performances.
WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR is produced by Global Creatures, headed by CEO Carmen Pavlovic.  Pavlovic said, “I am thrilled that WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR is coming back to the US in July – its first visit to North America since its inaugural 2007 sell-out tour. A new generation is ready to experience these life–size beasts in this awe-inspiring spectacle, which has still not been matched in terms of scale and quality. Many of our creatures have “evolved” since the last tour, now featuring distinctive display feathers, head crests and tail fans, reflecting recent discoveries about the physical nature of these massive creatures. This show remains a must-see for audiences of all ages.”

The show depicts the dinosaurs’ evolution with almost cinematic realism. WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR has scenes of the interactions between dinosaurs, how carnivorous dinosaurs evolved to walk on two legs, and how the herbivores fended off their more agile predators. 

Ten species are represented from the entire 200 million year reign of the dinosaurs.  The show includes the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the terror of the ancient terrain, as well as the Plateosaurus and Liliensternus from the Triassic period, the Stegosaurus and Allosaurus from the Jurassic period and Torosaurus and Utahraptor from the awesome Cretaceous period.  The largest of them, the Brachiosaurus is 36 feet tall, and 56 feet from nose to tail.  It took a team of 50 – including engineers, fabricators, skin makers, artists and painters, and animatronic experts – a year to build the production.

The history of the world is played out with the splitting of the earth’s continents, and the transition from the arid desert of the Triassic period is given over to the lush green prairies and forces of the later Jurassic.  Oceans form, volcanoes erupt, a forest catches fire — all leading to the impact of the massive comet, which struck the earth, and forced the extinction of the dinosaurs.

The show originated in Australia, where after years of planning, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR came to life at Sydney’s Acer Arena in January 2007. The 20 dinosaurs were originally “hatched” by Sonny Tilders, the head of creature design at Creature Technology Company in a Melbourne Docklands workshop big enough to park a 747.  

The show proved itself such a sensation, that the North American tour was fast-tracked, where it quickly became one of the leading arena attractions.The only building large enough to house rehearsals for the dinosaurs– some as large as 36 ft tall by 56 ft long – was the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center! Soon after, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR went onto conquer Europe and Asia.   

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR has been seen on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kelly, and has been written about in Newsweek, The New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor and The Wall Street Journal. It was the subject of a Discovery Channel Really Big Things episode and a video clue category on Jeopardy.

During its North American tour (2007-2010), the production won the THEA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Touring Event and the Billboard Touring Award for Creative Content as well as the Pollstar Concert Industry Award for Most Creative Stage Production and the ILMC Arthur Award for Best in Show.  The THEAs recognize excellence in the creation of compelling educational, historical, and entertainment projects; and both the Billboard Touring Award and the Pollstar Concert Industry Award recognize a show or tour that creatively expands what is offered on the road. The ILMC (International Live Music Conference) Arthur Award for Best in Show recognizes theatre shows and family entertainment.

Artistic Director William May developed the creative vision of the show based on an original idea by entrepreneur Bruce Mactaggart to create an arena version of the Walking with Dinosaurs television series.
A talented and experienced team of creative artists came together to produce WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR. The show is directed by Scott Faris, a Broadway veteran who directed Michael Crawford in EFX at MGM Grand Hotel, which at the time was the biggest stage production ever conceived and was on the production team that created Siegfried & Roy at the Mirage Hotel.  Faris directed Chicago the Musical in 16 countries and William Shatner’s Broadway show Shatner’s World, as well was resident director on the Broadway productions of Les Misérables, Cabaret, Cats, and Grease and a directing consultant for Cirque du Soleil.  He directed Bette Midler in The Showgirl Must Go On at Caesars Palace Las Vegas and George Lucas Super Live Adventure in Japan.

Faris said, “We take the audience on a journey back in time and show them how the dinosaurs might have actually looked in their prime – huge, sometimes frightening, sometimes comical monsters – that fought for survival every day of their lives.  Our dinosaurs move exactly like they are real — with all the roars, snorts and excitement that go with it.  The realism is mind-blowing!”

The creatures are designed and built by Sonny Tilders; the set and projected image design are by Peter England; the show’s lighting is by John Rayment, the score was composed by James Brett; and Warner Brown wrote the script.

Tilders, who designed and built the creatures has been, for the past decade, one of the major creative forces of the high-tech world of animatronic puppetry for film and television.  He designed the Global Creatures/Dreamworks production How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular, and created the lead character in the Australian stage production of King Kong, which had its world premiere season in Melbourne, Australia in 2013.  He was one of the lead animatronic engineers for Jim Henson’s Creature workshop on the Farscape series, followed by work on Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Peter Pan, Ghost Rider and The Chronicles of Narnia.

Tilders said, “Many of the technologies we are using on WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR are borrowed from film. The computer software and hardware we have developed is based on the systems used to control animatronic creatures in feature films.”

“To make it appear that these creatures are flesh and blood weighing six, eight or even 20 tons, we use a system called ‘muscle bags,’ made from stretch mesh fabric and filled with polystyrene balls, stretched across moving points on the body.  These contract and stretch in the same manner that muscle, fat, and skin does on real creatures.”

“The puppeteers use ‘voodoo rigs’ to make many of the dinosaurs move.  They are miniature versions of the dinosaurs with the same joints and range of movement as their life-sized counterparts.  The puppeteer manipulates the voodoo rig and these actions are interpreted by computer and transmitted by radio waves to make the hydraulic cylinders in the actual dinosaur replicate the action, with a driver hidden below the animal, helping to maneuver it around the arena.”  Suited puppeteer specialists, who are inside the creatures, operate five of the smaller dinosaurs.

Tim Haines, creator and producer of the original BBC series, which was seen by a worldwide audience of 700 million, serves as Project Consultant to WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR.  The series won six Emmy and three BAFTA Awards.
Variety said, “The dinosaurs are stunning, life-size and faultlessly nimble. In act one, the beasts parade into the arena gnashing and cavorting as a safari-suited paleontologist describes their attributes … in the second half, the action cranks up, culminating in a spectacular clash as a T-rex mom defends her baby from predators. Sonny Tilders’ triumphant creature design ensures ‘Walking With Dinosaurs’ is a truly spectacular spectacular.  It is everything a dino-phile could want.”

The New York Times said that in this show dinosaurs make “a thundering comeback after 65 million years.”  The Christian Science Monitor said, “When the dinosaurs start pouring out onto the stage, if you don’t have to stifle the natural flight response of any living breathing being, then it’s your pulse that needs checking.”  Newsweek called the show, “that rare entertainment beast that parents and kids can enjoy together.”
WALKING WITH DINOSAURS – THE ARENA SPECTACULAR was originally produced in Australia by Gerry Ryan, Malcolm Cooke and Jill Bryant and is brought to the world by Global Creatures.

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Wednesday, September 3 – Sunday, September 7 Honda Center, 2695 East Katella Ave. Anaheim, CA 92806


Performance Schedule:  Wednesday, September 3 at 7:00 PM; Thursday, September 4 at 7:00 PM; Friday, September 5 at 7:00 PM; Saturday, September 6 at 11:00 AM; Saturday, September 6 at 3:00 PM; Saturday, September 6 at 7:00 PM; Sunday, September 7 at 1:00 PM; Sunday, September 7 at 5:00 PM  Prices: $22.50, $39.50, $59.50, $79.50

Tickets: Website:  Telephone: 800-745-3000 In Person: Honda Center Box Office – 2695 East Katella Ave. Anaheim, CA 92806

Group Sales: (714) 940-2859 or For Information: Website:  Telephone: 714-704-2400
We were invited to attend a special event hosted by Honda Center and Walking Dinosaurs at the Discovery Science Center of Orange County.
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My kids were blown away by “Baby T”. They absolutely loved him. They were at first unsure if he was real or not. They figured it out and became absolutely intrigued with how he moved and how real he looked. Picture 128
My daughter who is actually not super into Dinosaurs exclaimed that she now loves Dinosaurs and wants to go see Baby T and his Mommy. Baby T is supposed to only be six months old. His realistic movements and sounds were amazing. He actually roars like a dinosaur and makes other dino sounds too. His movements seemed so authentic and were just extraordinary.Picture 132
We were told how huge the dinosaurs in the show are supposed to be in the Walking with the Dinosaurs Arena Event and hope we get a chance to see the show in September. I am sure it will be truly amazing. Seeing Baby T made such an impression on my kids they are now looking up all they can about Dinosaurs and can’t stop talking about them!Picture 134
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Ice and Salt Exploration

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
 We are no strangers to ice and salt experiments. In fact we have had entire playdates dedicated to experimenting with ice. We have even done this ice experiment before just a little differently.

The difference is the salt we used. Instead of using regular table salt we used this Ice Cream Salt. It is pretty cheap $2 for the whole box. The salt crystals are pretty awesome.

The kids sprinkled the salt around the ice.

We then waited around 5 minutes

And than started spreading liquid water colors all around.

The liquid watercolors started collecting in the pits and streams created by the salt.

The kids were able to make some awesome artistic creations.

I love the picture above where Kaia created a rainbow in the ice

It is just so pretty

The ice made some amazing patterns

Liam actually stayed the longest. For a little over an hour. When his big brother and sister left to go play other games. He went inside got his favorite puppy Darby put him on a seat. And then kept on playing with the eye droppers, water colors, and ice.



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Sunday, June 30th, 2013
Disclosure: I received tickets to this event in exchange for my posting.
The New Exhibits Promote Healthy, Active Lifestyles for Children In The New Pretend Café Featuring Wahoo’s And The Our Home Exhibit Featuring The Family Of Pierre-Andre Senizergues, Owner of Actions Sports Company, etnies!
Pretend City Children’s Museum has teamed up with two Orange County-based action-packed companies, Wahoo’s and etnies to promote the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle.  Wahoo’s makes a splash this summer with the debut of the new Pretend Café exhibit, a first for the taco business that celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.  The Our Home exhibit gives guests a peek inside the Senizergues family’s home and tells the story of how Pierre-Andre Senizergues, owner of etnies uses his action sports background to influence active living with his family.
The Pretend Café featuring Wahoo’s highlights eating healthy with fresh meats and vegetables on its menu as a way to help introduce children to interesting ways to eat healthy foods and build lifelong habits to promote good health.  The Pretend Café carries the same playful vibe of their restaurants and features pretend food with Wahoo’s branded items that help add to the “realness” of a child’s play experience.
The family of world-champion professional skateboarder and owner of etnies, Pierre André Senizergues, will be showcased in the Our Home Exhibit as the featured family.  Action sports, like skateboarding, have inspired the family to live an active lifestyle by participating in sports and other fun activities that get the body moving and staying healthy. Likewise, the family complements their active lifestyle with conscious efforts to be strategic about their children’s nutrition.  Their ultimate goal is to inspire families to bring active and healthy together in everyday life and to reap the future benefits this offers.  Guests will hear first hand how they do this when visiting the exhibit as well as play in a fun, skate-inspired house.
Super Summer at Pretend City kicks off on July 2 at 10:00 a.m.
with the exhibits debutspecial ribbon-cutting by the owners of Wahoos, Wing Lam and Ed Lee, as well as Pierre-Andre Senizergues and his family.
The event is packed full of super summer fun to include free Wahoo’s tacos, skateboard building workshop, a skate deck art wall, the youth rock band, One Car Garage and a child-friendly introduction to skateboarding by etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest staff.
The skateboard-building workshop gives children a hands-on opportunity to watch the etnies team show them how to build skateboards. Children will have the creative opportunity to participate in an art project by contributing to the creation of a giant skate deck-shaped wall masterpiece made of 100 shoeboxes.
Wahoo’s will also give children a chance to design their own stickers for one of the walls of the Wahoo’s Pretend Café and strike a surfer pose in front of the pretend Laguna Lifeguard Tower.  Event giveaways include Wahoo’s temporary tattoos for children, etnies sunglasses, sticker pack and more.
The new Pretend Café Exhibit featuring Wahoo’s and the Our Home Exhibit featuring the family of Pierre-Andre Senizergues runs now until October 2013.  With each purchase of a Pretend City ticket throughout the exhibit run, guests will receive a special promotion for a free Wahoo’s taco and a special Pretend City-only discount for shoes purchased on etnies’ online store.
About Pretend City Children’s Museum
Pretend City Children’s Museum is the first educational facility of its kind in the western United States representing a small, interconnected city designed to “build better brains” through purposeful play, hands-on learning experiences, role playing, and educational programming.  As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, it depends on community-based funding and guest support.  Through 17 interactive exhibits and activities guided by a highly trained professional staff, children learn foundational math, reading and science skills, while fostering curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, organization, teamwork, self-confidence and socialization.  The museum is a unique community resource where families, educators and community agencies come together to ensure that each child gains the experiences needed for a productive and fulfilling future.  Pretend City Children’s Museum is located at 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618. For more information, please visit
About Wahoo’s
Founded by brothers Wing Lam, Ed Lee and Mingo Lee, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, a community mainstay and worldwide pop culture phenomenon, has been serving up its eclectic Mexican-Brazilian-Asian menu since 1988. Celebrated for its fresh food, pro-athlete support and charity involvement, Wahoo’s is recognized across multiple states for its sticker-covered walls. During the past two decades, the restaurant chain has grown to include more than 56 locations throughout California, Colorado, Texas and Hawaii. To learn more about Wahoo’s Fish Taco, please visit
About etnies
Established in 1986, etnies is the first skateboarder-owned and operated global action sports footwear and apparel company. etnies not only pushed the envelope by creating the first pro model skate shoe, but it pioneered technological advances  and changed the face of skateboard footwear forever. Today, etnies’ vision, led by owner and skateboarder Pierre-André Senizergues, is to remain the leading action sports company committed to creating innovative products that provide the most style, comfort and protection possible.  etnies stays true to its roots by sponsoring world class skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, moto x and BMX teams and continues its dedication by giving back to each of these communities.  For additional information, visit
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An Expensive Mistake

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

We needed some dirt to fill a hole in the backyard and we want to make some raised bed planters etc. If you have looked at craigslist at all you will see a bunch of posts for free dirt. So I called I asked if it would be good for what we needed they said yes and so the “dirt” was delivered while I was working at Mikey’s school. What I saw when I got home was far from any dirt you would see in a garden. At least not any garden where things grow. This looked more like cement. I called and asked for it to be removed. Guess what our free dirt cost $400 to remove! Yep, our free dirt turned out to be very expensive. So $400 later we still have some planters that need dirt in them and a drive way that looks horrible. At least the “dirt” is gone. It is a lesson to us though nothing is free not even dirt.

On a side note the kids loved our temporary pile of rocks. They had so much fun playing with it. Mikey threw a tantrum when he found out they were coming to take it away.

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I was Featured…

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Dirt and Boogers

If you do not know Amanda’s Blog Dirt and Boogers check it out. She always has fantastic things to do with your kiddos and she is a fan of super messy projects like me. In fact that is what she featured our messy paint escapades and our messy chemistry experiment!

Thanks Amanda I love your blog and am honored to have been featured on it!

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