The coolest show in town: The Ice Age is coming to SA!

By Mieke Vlok
20 February 2015

If you loved YOU’s Days Of The Dinosaur extravaganza you’re in for another treat as The Ice Age Exhibition hits SA.

Strap on your snow boots and get out your thickest winter coat – The Ice Age Exhibition is coming to town!

Okay, so perhaps you won’t need your winter woollies for the exciting new exhibition arriving in South Africa in a few months – but you certainly will need heaps of enthusiasm to match your kids’ delight.

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Your little ones will be able to marvel at life-size mammoths and giant prehistoric birds who ruled Earth about 20 000 years

ago. They’ll be able to see a sabre-toothed tiger, visit a virtual aquarium and behold other long-extinct creatures such as the dodo.

YOU and sister titles Huisgenoot and Drum are bringing the spectacular The Ice Age Exhibition to South Africa just in time for the school holidays. It will run from June to August at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, giving parents plenty of time to take their kids to enjoy it.

As with our Days Of The Dinosaur exhibition, The Ice Age Exhibition’s models are animated so visitors will be able to see the animals move and make sounds. There will be roaring, flapping and flying – in exactly the way these creatures behaved in the Ice Age.

All the exhibition’s animatronic animals were designed with the help of scientists to  insure they’re true to life  and realistic. All the exhibition’s animatronic animals were designed with the help of scientists to insure they’re true to life and realistic.

Your kids will also be able to walk among prehistoric whales in the exhibition’s virtual aquarium. Smart digital technology is used to simulate the experience of being underwater, giving visitors an eerily real feel of swimming among the sea creatures that lived during the Ice Age.

If that’s not the kind of thing that would interest your children, there’s always the sandpit in which they can potter about, which boasts lifelike replicas of the bones of the ancient animals that lived during that time. Moms can also take a breather by letting their little ones sit at the drawing tables where they’ll be able to colour in realistic pictures of Ice Age creatures to take home. Another must-have to preserve the memories is a photo taken with a sabre-toothed tiger.

Give your kids the opportunity to behold long-extinct creatures such as the dodo. Give your kids the opportunity to behold long-extinct creatures such as the dodo.

There are many great activities apart from the main exhibition that include a merry-go-round that’s 10 m in diameter for kids  between the ages of four and seven or who weigh less than 50 kg, and three play areas that have interactive games where they can complete jigsaw puzzles on computer screens, colour in and play memory games.

Few things will be able to beat this experience as the highlight of the school holidays and parents and teachers alike will be pleased to know there’s lots of learning involved too. The creators meticulously plan every centimetre of the display to make sure everything looks exactly the way it did during the real Ice Age. Palaeontologists also help to make sure everything is scientifically correct. These models allow  kids to get up close and personal with creatures the Doedicurus, an  ancient ancestor of the   armadillo. These models allow kids to get up close and personal with creatures the Doedicurus, an ancient ancestor of the armadillo. The exhibition, which is originally from Argentina, will be shipped in 11 containers and take a full 35 days at sea to reach South Africa.  That means you have some time to book your tickets – but don’t delay; time slots go fast, especially for weekends. And although the exhibition might not make you literally go brrr, rest assured it will be supercool!

Need to know

When The Ice Age Exhibition takes place from 20 June to 8 August at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The exhibition is large and unfortunately a suitable venue wasn’t available in other cities but we have a special travel

package including a hotel stay for people from other parts of South Africa. Click here for more information.

If you want to book for a school group outside the winter school holidays email iceage@megatrav.co.za or click HERE.

Times The exhibition runs from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 7 pm, and on weekends from 9 am to 8 pm.

Cost Tickets are R99 for children and R145 for adults. Children under 18 months – or under 83 cm tall – enter free. Visitors will be allocated a special time slot each to ensure they won’t have to stand in long queues. We also offer a family package, which includes tickets for two adults and two kids (between 18 months and 18 years) for only R435.

Buy your tickets at Computicket.

We have a special travel package on offer for those not in Johannesburg! Click here for more details.

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