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Dinosaur Encounter Live Science ShowThere's a Dilophosaurus in Wichita?!

Meet Jesse, a Dilophosaurus that roamed the Earth 193 million years ago and now calls Exploration Place home! Help his wrangler conduct a dinosaur training session in this hilarious and insightful Live Science Show.

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About the Show

Join our knowledgeable wrangler during a training session with our life-size 7′ Dilophosaurus replica as he walks, roars and moves on stage. After the show, join us for a meet-and-greet to get up close and personal with this Jurassic friend with blockbuster fame.

Dinosaur Encounter is an experience that your family will never forget!


Show Length: Approximately 20 – 30 minutes
Ages: Recommended for ages 4 and up. The Dilophosaurus may be intimidating for some visitors when it moves and roars.
Location: Live Science Theater (near the castle entrance)

Show Times

Sunday11:15 am, 1:15 pm & 3:15 pm
Monday12:15 pm & 3:15 pm
Tuesday12:15 pm & 3:15 pm
Wednesday12:15 pm & 3:15 pm
Thursday12:15 pm, 3:15 pm & 5:15 pm
Friday12:15 pm & 3:15 pm
Saturday11:15 am, 1:15 pm & 3:15 pm

*Schedule subject to change


How did Jesse get to Exploration Place?

Exhibits arrive to the museum on semi trucks, packed in giant crates. As we were unloading the crates for Expedition Dinosaur, we discovered that one of the massive dinosaurs wasn’t animatronic… it was alive! Our exhibit team was excited and shocked to find a 13′ long Dilophosaurus napping after its long journey.

The team quickly went into research mode and consulted with area animal experts at both Tanganyika and the Sedgwick County Zoo on how to care for and train our Jurassic friend.

Jesse can be a little stubborn at times and our team of wranglers are helping as he learns the ropes around the museum. During the Live Science Show you’ll help one of the wranglers in a training session using a technique called targeting. You’ll also help Jesse learn how to calm himself when situations get a little overwhelming – a skill we can all use from time to time!

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About Dilophosaurus

Dilophosaurus wetherilli, a carnivorous dinosaur, lived in what is now North America during the Early Jurassic, about 193 million years ago. The first skeletons were found in Northern Arizona in 1940.

Jesse is named in honor of Jesse Williams, Navajo and finder of the first Dilophosaurus specimens.