“Bronco Brian” Alexander, left, holds Tyson, a baby dinosaur, Friday, Dec. 10, at Jurassic Quest at Suburban Collection Showplace.

“Bronco Brian” Alexander, left, holds Tyson, a baby dinosaur, Friday, Dec. 10, at Jurassic Quest at Suburban Collection Showplace.

Photos by Brian Wells


Walk back through time and see dinosaurs in Novi

By: Brian Wells | Metro | Published December 11, 2021

 Lifelike dinosaurs are on display during Jurassic Quest at Suburban Collection Showplace.

Lifelike dinosaurs are on display during Jurassic Quest at Suburban Collection Showplace.

 Vinny Micaleff, 3, walks past lifelike dinosaurs with his grandparents Donna and Chuck Dewandeler Friday, Dec. 10, at Jurassic Quest at Suburban Collection Showplace.

Vinny Micaleff, 3, walks past lifelike dinosaurs with his grandparents Donna and Chuck Dewandeler Friday, Dec. 10, at Jurassic Quest at Suburban Collection Showplace.

 Guests look at a lifelike T. rex Friday, Dec. 10, at Jurassic Quest at Suburban Collection Showplace.

Guests look at a lifelike T. rex Friday, Dec. 10, at Jurassic Quest at Suburban Collection Showplace.

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Vinny Micallef, 3, stood in line at Suburban Collection Showplace during the afternoon Dec. 10. In just a few moments, he and his grandparents, Donna and Chuck Dewandeler, would be let into the showroom to see the king of the dinosaurs, a Tyrannosaurus rex. 

“He has an absolute love of dinosaurs,” Donna Dewandeler said. “He knows all their names. He knows crazy names that I have no idea what he’s talking about.”

The T. rex is one of more than 100 life-sized dinosaurs on display as part of Jurassic Quest, a traveling dinosaur event. Visitors walk past displays of dinosaurs from the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods. There are also aquatic reptiles on display from the Paleogene era.

Dinosaurs on display include a Tyrannosaurus rex, Spinosaurus, Triceratops and Giganotosaurus. 

The event is aimed at providing education and fun for all ages, said “Safari Sarah” Menard, a dinosaur trainer with the exhibit.

“No matter what age you are, you were obsessed with dinosaurs,” Menard said. “At one point, everyone had that. So coming back into here you kind of transport back into that time and you remember all these dinosaurs that you saw growing up.”

As guests explore the exhibits, they can text the program’s Dino 411 line, which will connect them to a dinosaur expert who can teach them about any of the dinosaurs on display.

In addition to the animatronic dinosaurs, there are fossils, rides and shows for guests to enjoy.

“My favorite thing is when parents come, parents will be surprised by how many dinosaurs their kids know,” Menard said.

The show runs through Dec. 19 at Suburban Collection Showplace. Tickets start at $22 and can be purchased online at www.jurassicquest.com.

Contact Brian Wells at (586) 498-1081, (248) 291-7637 or bwells@candgnews.com.

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