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MetiNews.Com - Life Science Centre will be welcoming back visitors this weekend with a Dino Experience
Breaking News ! Lego dinosaurs big and small are all in place and waiting to greet visitors as Life Science Centre prepares to make a roaring return from lockdown this Saturday. The family attraction in Newcastle 's Times Square will be reopening its doors to families on August 1 for the first time since March and its welcome-back message made clear in some behind-the-scenes photos this Friday was one of safety first - with even its big new exhibits masking up for a first photo call. The stars of a Brick Dinos Lego exhibition - one spanning five-metres - which will launch Life back into action can't fail to grab the attention but visitors, who now need to pre-book, will also quickly notice a strict implementation of Covid-secure safety measures, including a one-way system and social distancing. And, on the day that the Government tightened up face mask rules, Life chief executive Linda Conlon pointed out that the venue had already made face coverings for visitors a new rule. "We've been planning for this for quite some time so we've a range of measures in place," she said. But she added that they've done it all in a fun way with the likes of big dinosaur prints, each containing an interesting fact, measuring out the floor's all-important two-metre rule. Normally Life encourages visitors to touch and interact with exhibits so figuring out what kind of exhibition to open with, and what exactly could be done within the constraints of the Government guidelines, took some thinking about. Dinosaurs sprang to mind because anything dinosaur-related is a huge hit, says Linda, and the combination with Lego - another universal favourite - is, she added, "a marriage made in heaven!" The resulting Dino Experience has stand-out dinosaur-related attractions including the Brick Dinos exhibiton's 5m-long masiakasaurus and a, swooping overhead, a pterodactyl with a 2.4m wingspan. The new LEGO® Dino Experience, which includes the Brick Dinos exhibition, must be pre-booked online a safety measure that Life has introduced to significantly reduce visitor numbers. The giant visitors are the creation of artist Warren Elsmore - and team - who was in Newcastle on Friday and who faced the task of reassembling the transported parts on arrival. But he was unfazed by the task given that they had survived their recent shipment from overseas following an exhibition in America.
. They only thing they couldn't know about was their colour, he said. They then took around seven to eight months to create; one of the bigger models taking around five months. At the other end of the scale are dinosaur dioramas - three-dimensional models - in glass cases while local Lego artist Steve Mayes is also showcasing his own renowned creations. Not all Life's usual attractions will be open from Saturday - the Planetarium and Young Explorers’ Zone for instance are ruled out for now - but the opening show is a great start.
The new LEGO® Dino Experience at life
And the team has worked hard to make it upbeat and atmospheric, helped by roaring sounds from the dinosaur, said Linda. There is also plenty to inspire young ones to follow up in activities afterwards and there's a Dinosaur Challenge giving children their own mini bag of building bricks to work with.
Visitor numbers, initially, are being strictly limited: just 15 will be allowed in every half hour to see how it goes, says Linda who adds that for staff, like visitors, Saturday will be a learning process. If all goes well, they will look at the possibilty of opening up more slots and even extending opening times. Visitors cannot just turn up; they must pre-book tickets. To book an advance ticket with a timed slot for Dino Experience, which includes the Brick Dinos Lego exhibition, see here.
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