The much anticipated Lights by DreamWorks - The Experience exhibition opened it's Shrek-faced doors to an eager public yesterday, on Rosebud Foreshore.
The KidTown Melbourne crew set off to experience The Experience over the weekend. We had a great time.
Lights by DreamWorks - The Experience can be found inside a huge marquee, which is impossible to miss whilst driving down to Rosebud along the Mornington Peninsula coastline. We didn't find parking to be an issue, and found a 2 hour street park without a parking metre, in no time.
As we walked through Shrek's mouth (!) into the main arena, we were instantly wowed by the sights of DreamWorks, in silk lantern form. Scenes from well-known DreamWorks movies; Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon come to life in spectacular form. I can only imagine how many hours would have been involved in setting up such a magical display.
That said, I'd have to say the additional activities appealed most to the kids.
In the first part of the marquee, Mr.3 made a beeline for the lantern decorating craft activity; inspired by Kung Fu Panda's "Valley of Peace", a fictional land in ancient China.
At this point I grabbed the opportunity to 'meet and greet' Alex the Lion from Madagascar, although neither Mr.3 or Mr.8 would join me!
Walking through to the interconnected second marquee of Lights by DreamWorks - The Experience, the focus here was undoubtedly How to Train Your Dragon, greeted by a humongous inflatable dragon on first sight.
Mr.3 wanted to 'catch the train to Madagascar', a popular little ride for the youngsters, with a bit of a queue. Meanwhile, Mr.8 admired a wall of 3D art screen stills from DreamWorks movies and went on to decorate a shield to take home, inspired by the vikings in How to Train Your Dragon.
Train ride to Madagascar
After passing by the inflatable slide and mini pirate ship ride, both kids had a go at the light box drawing activity, using a pencil to trace the lines of well-known DreamWorks characters onto paper. Trickier than it looks, but worth a try.
Light box drawing
After a quick visit to the souvenir shop on the way out, we were done within an hour and a half. Happy kids, happy parents.
Free 2hr street parking is available, and is ample time to enjoy the walk-through exhibition
Suitable for all ages, from toddlers to pre-teens.
A happy snap with printed photograph with Alex the Lion was an additional $15 - be aware of that.
All other activities are included in the price.
It can get very hot inside the marquee, so if you can, choose to visit on a cooler day.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Lights by DreamWorks - The Experience; it is unlike anything we've seen before, it is interactive, lots of fun, and activities are free with the cost of the entry fee (bar the aforementioned photo with Alex the Lion).
Do take the opportunity to visit, because Lights by DreamWorks - The Experience is only a temporary exhibition, on till 30 April 2017.
Buy your tickets at the box office, otherwise book your tickets online.
Where: The Village Green, Rosebud, VIC
When: 25 March - 30 April 2017
Costs: Tickets start from $19.10, when booking a family set of four.
Book: Call the Box Office on 1300 307 740 or head to the Lights by DreamWorks website