By MELISSA T. CASTRO
A dinosaur outing may just be the perfect family-friendly activity to keep the kids entertained in Mexico City during these last days of summer vacation.
Parque Naucalli, just outside the city limits in Naucalpan, takes its visitors 65 million years back in time with the interactive exhibit Robotic Dinosaurs.
It may not be Jurassic Park, but with 25 different life-size dinosaur species represented in full animatronic form, the kids will be delighted and you’ll be happy that the velociraptors are not the same ones from the movie franchise.
Featuring brontosauruses, a stegosaurus and a tyrannosaurus rex among its highlights, the exhibit is staged to present the three time periods of these now-extinct beasts, that is to say, the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
There is also an area of the exhibit dedicated to the Ice Age, showcasing a woolly mammoth and a woolly rhinoceros among its highlight pieces.
At the end of the exhibit, there is also a 3D film which covers the history of the dinosaurs.
The exhibit is available through Sunday, Aug. 28, at Parque Naucalli, in the State of Mexico (Blvd. Santa Cruz, Boulevares, Naucalpan de Juárez) and is open Monday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There is a 90-´peso admission fee for adults and a 70-peso admission fee for children.