Jurassic Park Marathon

By Carolyn Belardo

With the upcoming release of the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park series, the Academy presents a Jurassic Park Movie Marathon, plus a Dinosaur Dance Party for the younger set. It all happens Saturday, May 9, and is free with museum admission.

Jurassic World opens in U.S. theaters June 12, just after “the Dinosaur Museum” presents the first three films in the wildly popular, now classic, series that launched in 1993 with Jurassic Park. The movies will be screened back-to-back in the Academy’s auditorium with a 20-minute break in between.

In addition, loveable Tracy the Triceratops will lead a music-filled Dinosaur Dance Party for all ages that recurs every hour on the half hour, starting at 10:30 a.m.

Families with young children especially will enjoy keeping in step with extreme puppeteer Matt Brady—in the colorfully bulky body of Tracy—as he makes the 10-foot-long dinosaur twist, turn and trot to impossibly catchy tunes.

Tracy the Triceratops Photo: Mike Servedio/ANSP
Tracy the Triceratops
Photo: Mike Servedio/ANSP

Movie show times are 10:20 a.m. for Jurassic Park, 1 p.m. for The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and 3:25 p.m. for Jurassic Park III.

“This really is an all-ages event with something for everyone,” said Timshel Purdum, director of education and lifelong learning. “It’s casual enough that visitors can come and go among the movies and dances as fits their schedule.”

Seats are first come, first served. All shows are free with museum admission. Admission tickets may be purchased online at ansp.org.

“Tracy the Triceratops” dinosaur puppet created by Pier21 Co. Ltd., Saitama JAPAN / www.pier21.co.jp

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