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Dinosaur World Live – REVIEW

A ROARSOMELY INTERACTIVE SHOW, PERFECT FOR ALL BUDDING PALAEONTOLOGISTS

This Dinosaur World Live review is from the Saturday matinee performance at Chesterfield’s Winding Wheel Theatre (11th May 2019). TraveLynn Family received complimentary tickets in return for this honest review.

ROOOOOAAAAAAAARRRRRRR!!! Eyes wide open, my boys sat fixated in their seats as the thunderous roar echoed throughout the auditorium. Titus the T-Rex, the most fearsome of all had been released, and he was hungry.

dinosaur puppet in theatre

This is probably the point where I should mention that Titus isn’t a real T-Rex. Just in case you hadn’t remembered from Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures that they died out 65 million years ago. Titus is in fact a very large and life-like puppet, who comes with two very skilled puppeteers and lots of very impressive smoke and sound effects.

Aside from travel, my other love is the theatre, and seeing that I have two extremely dino-obsessed boys (aged 3 and 5), I of course had to accept an invite to see this fantastic interactive dino-show at Chesterfield’s Winding Wheel Theatre.

Family of four at Dinosaur World Live

The show

Positively perky Miranda introduces us to the dinosaurs that live on her South American island and provides some facts for each, including a baby and adult T-Rex, a baby Triceratops, a Microraptor, a Segnosaurus, and at the end we see a baby Giraffatitan being hatched and bonding with its Mummy. With almost each dinosaur we meet, a child from the audience is invited up on to the stage to help out, whether it be feeding, grooming, or petting.

My boys were totally engrossed, and it was magical to witness their reactions. However, they were rather disappointed that they weren’t selected to go on stage, and I had told them they would be able to meet them after the show. Although the post-show ‘meet the dino’ experience with just the baby triceratops and baby T-Rex was a bit of a free for all, and doesn’t allow for any good photo opportunities (although you are able to take photos throughout the show).

The show is 45 minutes long, which is the perfect length for a kids show. However, my boys could have done with perhaps a little less chat from Miranda and a couple more dinosaurs. There is also the usual merchandise available. I’ve added in the price-list below for parents needing a little warning.

Dinosaur World Live is a wonderfully engaging show for young kids and the craftsmanship of the dino-puppets is extremely impressive. The appearance of Titus towards the end is certainly the pinnacle, though do be warned that some young children in the auditorium found him a bit too frightening.

Where can you see Dinosaur World Live?

Dinosaur World Live is currently touring the UK and will be at London’s Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre throughout the Summer Holidays. Click here to check dates and ticket prices and check out the trailer here:

 

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Travelling Again After a Health Scare

Tips for Travelling Again After a Health Scare

They say there’s nothing more important than your health. But it can often take an unsettling bout of illness or a surprise diagnosis to shake us into realising just how important it is.

Health scares certainly make people re-examine their priorities, in some cases perhaps even wake up to some lessons they should have learnt long ago. On the other hand, most people don’t want an illness to become life-defining, to fundamentally change the person they are and the things they love doing.

If you love to travel, a health scare can be accompanied by a terrible thought – what if I’m never well enough to hit the beaten track again? In many cases, if not most, this is thankfully a worry that doesn’t come true. It is perfectly possible to come out the other side even from a serious illness and enjoy exploring the world once again.

But like other aspects of your life, it may require you to make some readjustments.

Don’t push yourself too hard or too early

The key with any recovery from illness is not to rush. Your body (and your mind) will adjust and repair themselves in their own time. The risk with travel is that the stress it can sometimes cause could trigger a serious relapse.

Ask yourself – are you ready to cope with hours of delays in a crowded, uncomfortable airport? Can you face the disruption to sleep hopping across time zones, or on extended overland journeys, can involve? And don’t be overly ambitious in where you want to go and what you want to do – adventure and beauty in the world can be experienced without aiming to climb the highest mountain on offer.

Listen to your GP’s advice

It is important to talk about your health with family and friends, to be open about how you are feeling, listen to their advice and accept their offers of assistance. But more than anything, it is essential that you listen to what your doctor has to say.

Following something like a heart attack, for example, it is vital you get the go ahead from your doctor before you fly again, otherwise you could be putting yourself at great risk.

Get the right travel insurance

If you get diagnosed with an ongoing medical condition, you must declare it when you buy insurance for your travels. This is because travel insurance covers you for medical costs if you need treatment while abroad and the provider will want to know of any relevant medical history. If you don’t declare it, not only will the policy not cover you for any treatments related to your condition, you will probably find all claims rejected and your policy declared invalid.

People who suffer a heart attack can sometimes be caught out by this. Once they have recovered, they think that is it – it was just a one off episode, and they are back to normal now. That is not how insurers see it, however. Because of the risks of future coronary problems, insurers treat a heart attack as a long-term medical condition. It is therefore vital that you seek out a specialist provider offering heart attack sufferers travel insurance to ensure you are fully protected.

*This is a sponsored post.

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