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A youngster enjoys the dinosaur safari drive-thru experience that is available at the Shoppes at Parma.

PARMA -- A drive-thru dinosaur experience will be featured June 5 through 27 at the Shoppes at Parma.

Cleveland native Tom Zaller of Imagine Exhibitions, the producer of Dino Safari, has engineered a fun and educational nearly 60-minute drive-thru dino experience. He was joined earlier this week by Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and a baby dinosaur in a ribbon cutting signifying the start of the three-week engagement.

Zaller, who grew up in University Heights, and his more than 40 life-size moving dinosaurs who have been touring the U.S. include a Triceratops, Parasaurolophus, Microraptor, T. rex. Dino Safari takes audience members – in their vehicle – to “Pangea National Park,” for an up-close-and-personal journey with the most fascinating prehistoric creatures from the mighty T. rex of North America to the giant amphibious Spinosaurus of Africa.

Tickets are priced per car, beginning at $49.95 per vehicle of up to seven individuals, and are available now through DinoSafari.com. Demand has been unexpectedly high with sellouts anticipated. Advance purchase is strongly recommended.

Dino Safari was created in consultation with paleontologist Dr. Gregory Erickson and features fact-based, educational content in addition to an exciting storyline.

Kids and families are guided through the fictional “Pangea National Park” by an audio tour (available in both English and Spanish) that plays through each car’s audio system, featuring fun and friendly characters. Each vehicle is given a “Survival Pack” containing your passport to Pangea with a scavenger hunt and other fun surprises for a more interactive experience.

On the Dino Safari adventure, audience members will learn through an audio narrator how dinosaurs evolved, where they called home, and the discoveries paleontologists have made about how they ate, moved, and behaved.

Beware: along the journey, earthquakes might erupt, dinosaurs could battle, and audience members may have to help save a baby dinosaur’s life.

So, buckle up for the adventure of a lifetime in this socially-distanced experience, and the perfect family staycation activity.

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