Dino Stroll taking over Delta Plex for up-close experience with the dinosaurs

Kent County

WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — There’s a new event coming to the Grand Rapids area this weekend where you can get up close and personal with the dinosaurs.

The Dino Stroll recently kicked off its more than 42 city tour and it’s stopping at the Delta Plex this weekend — but first stopped to visit the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

The event features more than 70 life-like creatures, reptiles and life-size dinosaurs with some standing over 25 feet tall and 60 feet long. Guests will have the opportunity to explore and study skeletons, fossils and dinosaur eggs, take photos and even enjoy some tunes from the Dino band. 

“This is up close and personal with the dinosaurs. We also believe not to put a bike rack in front of the dinosaurs so you’re going to get a chance to stand next to them,” said Matt Flynn, producer of Dino Stroll. 

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $23.99. Kids 2 and under and service members are free. Those interested in attending are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. 

Before the dinosaurs begin their weekend exhibit, they stopped by Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Friday morning.

The visit marked the return of some of those special things we’re used to seeing the patients at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital take part in.

For the first time since the pandemic, kids were outside the hospital together. They were able to interact with two life-sized and life-like dinosaurs.

It’s a good thing this event took place outside because the Dino Stroll dinosaurs also make lots of noise.

“It feels so amazing. It feels so good to see how happy and how much fun they are having out here. Just to give them something else to do. It seems like with COVID everybody’s been stuck in one place and now they’re able to kind of move about and come outside,” said Alyssa Cosier, admin coordinator for child life at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

The tour is also teaming up with local organizations to collect food for those in need. Here in West Michigan, Dino Stroll has teamed up with Kids Food Basket. They encourage attendees to donate items such as fruit pouches, beef jerky, juice boxes, etc. for the supper sack program which provides dinner to West Michigan kids.

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