Dinosaurs come to the QCCA Expo Center

Posted Online: Nov. 10, 2012, 11:32 pm
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By Laura Anderson Shaw landerson@qconline.com
ROCK ISLAND — The roar of dozens of dinosaurs echoed through the QCCA Expo Center Saturday.

More than 40 larger-than-life dinosaurs bared their teeth, flexed powerful jaws and long claws, exciting and terrifying hundreds of children and their families at the Discover the Dinosaurs exhibit this weekend at the Expo Center.

Part of the Expo Center was transformed into a safer version of "Jurassic Park." Some of the dinosaurs were animatronic and came to life before your eyes while others were stationary, waiting for kids and their families to inspect, pet and pose for pictures.

With fast, yet precise swipes of a paintbrush, Ava Dorsey, 6, and her brother, Drake, 4, worked to uncover a dinosaur fossil buried in the sand at a "Dino Dig" site.

Their mother, Andrea, of Clinton, stood nearby, snapping pictures as they worked.

The three toured the center with wide eyes, eager to explore the many types of dinosaurs.

When asked what his favorite dinosaur was, Drake said, "All of them."His sister said she favored those that had spikes on their heads.

"It's great," Ms. Dorsey said of the exhibit. "It's good for the kids."

Several families crowded around a TV to watch a dinosaur video. Near its end, the dinosaur ran toward the screen as though it would jump through it. As it opened its mouth and lunged toward the crowd, a mist sprayed out at the group.

Travis Miller, 8, quickly looked and felt around his chest and stomach, but he was dry."I did not see that coming," he shouted.

Travis wandered through the Expo Center with his parents, Sam and Amber, and siblings, Lucas, 4; Arabella, 2; and Makayla, 8 months.

Mr. Miller said the Eldridge family came out because the kids like dinosaurs.

Travis and Lucas were especially excited about the sights and sounds.

"I wanted to see if there were any pterodactyls," said Travis, who was happy to spot one near the entrance.

Drayk Cornmesser, 5, was having a great time going from dinosaur to dinosaur, posing with each so his grandfather,Bruce Cornmesser, of Moline, could snap a photo.

His maternal grandmother,Bev Koenig, also of Moline, helped wrangle him, pointing and coaxing near each stop.

Drayk said that he has liked dinosaurs "forever," and while he likes them because "they roar," he especially likes the tyrannosaurus rex because "they're tall."

Drayk said you can easily spot the tyrannosaurus because they have "flat skin and sharp teeth," and they do not have horns or spikes.

Ms. Koenig said she enjoyed the exhibit, too, and especially liked that kids could touch many of the large creatures. At many exhibits and museums, this isn't always the case, she said."It's pretty amazing how they can do this."

The event also features a dinosaur gift shop, coloring area, bounce houses, face painting, dinosaur rides, mini golf, a play area for younger kids and more, some with an additional charge.

Discover the Dinosaurs will continue today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at theQCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island. Admission is $15; $10 for kids ages 2-11 and adults ages 65 and older; and free for kids younger than 2.

For more information, call (309) 788-5912 or visit qccaexpocenter.com.


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