Discover a new way to feed your child’s dinosaur obsession with Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru.
Going on now, Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru is transforming the outdoor parking area of the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park into an interactive, prehistoric experience that Unlock Austin gives four thumbs up. This unique event has been selling out on weekends across the nation since the tour launched last year. Jurassic Quest is the perfect family-friendly spring break adventure in Austin, and hours Wednesday and Thursday, March 17 – 18 have been extended to 9 am – 8 pm by popular demand. The event runs through March 28th. See all dates and times at the end of this post.
Jurassic Quest collaborated with leading paleontologists to ensure each dinosaur was painstakingly replicated in detail, depicting how we understand dinosaurs looked and moved! We attended a special sneak preview to bring you all of the details you need to know.
Does your child love dinosaurs?
You are not alone. Some kids can quickly become obsessed with every scientific name and seemingly unbelievable fact, especially once they have chosen their “favorite.” I can vividly remember one Halloween my daughter was particular about her Halloween costume, and it had to be a pterodactyl. Mind you, finding a Pterodactyl costume is not a cheap or easy task. I made the costume out of scrap fabric, acrylic paint, and craft wire. She swooned when she saw it, and wearing it became a daily routine for weeks. As a parent, these moments make all the extra effort worth it. I would happily listen to hours of dinosaur facts, as long as my child wants to talk to me about their interests, then count me in. So when I heard that Jurassic Quest was coming to Austin, I immediately started researching plans to go, and I’m glad I did!
Seeing a lifesized dinosaur is a dream come true for many kids. It’s unbelievable how popular dinosaurs are with kids and adults. You may wonder if all the attention to dinosaurs distracts your child from learning more traditional subjects. Asking questions, finding answers, and gaining expertise about any subject make better learners and smarter kids. Since these reptiles went extinct over 65 million years ago, there is always more to learn about them. Dinosaurs can quickly spark the imagination of an impressionable young mind for years to come. Since Jurassic Quest is on tour, this opportunity is fleeting and expected to sell out fast.
When your child is interested in dinosaurs, it is a positive sign they are improving their imagination. Many children have an intense interest in a topic at some point, and the questions start rolling. And while studies have shown that while the most common childhood interest are vehicles such as planes, trains, and cars, the next most popular is dinosaurs. If you weren’t obsessed with dinos as a kid, you probably know someone who was. It’s not surprising that so many books and movies are dedicated to these magnificent animals. The level of obsession a kid can have about a creature they have no hopes of seeing in real life is seriously astounding. Before Jurassic Quest, life-sized dinosaur encounters were limited to skeletons at stuffy museums. We relied on movies, books, and TV to satisfy our obsession with these colorful, elusive giants. Thanks to modern technology, you can now have a close encounter with over 70 dinosaurs that move and make realistic sounds from the comfort of your family vehicle. Don’t worry, no dinosaurs were harmed in the making of Jurassic Quest! Keep reading to learn more about this unique event.
The average adult can name maybe ten dinosaurs at best, and this includes me. I would have probably made up facts and pronounced everything wrong throughout our quest. Fortunately for me, Jurassic Quest features an informative audio tour that explains each exhibit and dinosaur. I highly recommend listening to the audio tour to hear cool facts about dinosaurs from the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods. We had a fantastic time and learned a lot of fun information about dinosaurs I had never heard before.
Living in Austin, not far from the Waco Mammoth National Park, you may be wondering, are Mammoths dinosaurs, and can I expect to see one at Jurassic Quest? Standing as tall as 14 feet and weighing 20,000 pounds, Columbian mammoths roamed across what is present-day Texas thousands of years ago. These huge, shaggy beasts went extinct more than 10,000 years ago, along with their distant cousins, the mastodons. As it turns out, mammoths are not dinosaurs. They were mammals with no reptilian characteristics. Dinosaurs were closely related to reptiles and had many reptilian features. Although you won’t see a mammoth at Jurrasic Quest, you will see many of your favorites like Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops, and even a 50 foot-long Spinosaurus!. Yellow cones will guide you around each painstakingly created animatronic installation. The speed limit is only 5 mph, and the entire quest takes around an hour.
Nurture the imagination of your future paleontologist in your family and head over to Jurassic Quest at H-E-B Center’s outdoor parking area at Cedar Park. The unique dinosaurs on exhibit range from small to giant and even a few are found under the sea. Featuring three baby dinosaurs, Trixie the Triceratops, Tyson the T-Rex, and Cammy the Camasaurous, who love to greet guests between their nap and feeding rotations. Before saying goodbye to Jurassic Quest, you will receive a “We Survived Jurassic Quest 2021!” captioned photo of your passengers and car before leaving. You can download your picture using the URL and code provided. One per family included with ticket purchase.
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Jurassic Quest takes extra precautionary measures to provide a clean and safe event and operates under COVID-19 safety protocols in accordance with county, state, and CDC guidelines. Guests are to remain in vehicles except for a few designated areas and then they are required to wear masks when outside their vehicles. Social distancing rules are requested of all guests and maintained by the Jurassic Quest crew. We sanitize equipment, dinosaurs, and workstations frequently and thoroughly throughout the entirety of the event. Our employees apply hand sanitizer and wash hands regularly throughout each day, in addition to wearing masks. Guest safety and enjoyment is our top priority.
*We were allowed to exit our vehicle for pictures as part of a special press preview.
TICKETS & LOGISTICS
Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru adventurers will need to buy tickets in advance online at www.jurassicquest.com. Tickets are $49 per vehicle and include a 100% ticket guarantee that in the event of a show cancellation or postponement for any reason, ticket purchases will be automatically refunded for the full purchase amount. Guests must travel through the drive-thru in the comfort of their own vehicle – no rentals or golf carts will be provided, and walkers are not allowed. To ensure participant safety, all guests must ride inside their vehicles (yes, pets inside vehicles are allowed), no riders in truck beds, however. Trailers are also not allowed – we’re worried they might tempt the hungry dinos too much! Oversized vehicles and vehicles with 9 or more riders are permitted but will need to contact Customer Service, [email protected], for pricing and scheduling. A full list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found online at jurassicquest.com/drive-thru-faqs.
Event: Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru
Tickets-Online Only: https://bit.ly/JurassicQuestTicket
Cost for entry: $49 for up to 8 people
$80 for passenger vehicles 8-15
Where: H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
2100 Ave of the Stars, Cedar Park, TX 7861345
2021 Dates *& Times:
- Friday, 3/12: 11 am – 8 pm
- Saturday, 3/13: 9 am – 9 pm
- Sunday, 3/14: 9 am – 8 pm
- Monday and Tuesday, 3/15-16: Closed
- Wednesday and Thursday, 3/17-18: 9 am – 8 pm
- Friday, 3/19: 9 am – 8 pm
- Saturday, 3/20: 9am – 9 pm
- Sunday, 3/21: 9 am – 8 pm
- Monday and Tuesday, 3/22-23: Closed
- Wednesday and Thursday, 3/24-25: 1 pm – 8 pm
- Friday, 3/26: 9 am – 8 pm
- Saturday, 3/27: 9am – 9 pm
- Sunday, 3/28: 9 am – 8 pm