Dinosaurs come to McGee Park

Hannah Grover
Brayden James poses for photos Saturday on top of a dinosaur display at the McGee Park Convention Center.

FARMINGTON – A display of animatronic dinosaurs and prehistoric-era games attracted local residents to the McGee Park Convention Center on Saturday.

The event, which continues Sunday, is part of a touring exhibition and features about 10 scenes depicting dinosaurs from different eras, as well as games like inflatable bounce houses, mining for gems and fossils, and dinosaur rides.

When entering Discover the Dinosaurs, visitors pass through a tunnel made to look like a jungle. The walls are decorated with signs explaining the three dinosaur eras.

Then, visitors step through a curtain and come face to face with two large dinosaurs.

A young visitor examines a dinosaur display Saturday at the McGee Park Convention Center.

Tahleiah and Temiah Begay, 15, stopped to photograph those dinosaurs upon entering the exhibit.

"Dinosaurs are awesome," Tahleiah Begay, 14, remarked as she and her cousin stood in front of the dinosaurs.

The large dinosaurs and the darkness of the exhibition at first intimidated Brayden Gore, 1, but he soon adjusted and had the opportunity to ride a dinosaur.

"He just loves dinosaurs," said Ashly Archibeque, Brayden's mother.

Even some parents were surprised by the exhibit.

"I didn't think there was going to be life-like dinosaurs," said Courtney Ayze as she and her family paused to look at a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Tahleiah Begay, left, and her cousin Temiah Begay examine a dinosaur display Saturday at the McGee Park Convention Center.

She said the family decided to attend the exhibition because her oldest son, Alijah, 3, enjoys dinosaurs.

"He doesn't really have a favorite," she said. "He just likes dinosaurs."

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

If you go

What: Discover the Dinosaurs

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Where: McGee Park Convention Center

Tickets and more information: discoverthedinosaurs.com