THINGS TO DO: Uncover your inner palaeontologist

26 September 2016
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Are your little ones dinosaur mad? Would they love to find their very own fossils? And learn more about these magnificent beasts? Then you can’t miss a visit to Robina Town Centre’s Real-a-Saurus exhibition these school holidays!

The little ones will love the ‘Palaeontologist Dig’ activity station. They can chip and dig in their own wooden box of dirt to reveal a dinosaur fossil.

And that’s not all.

From Saturday September 17 until Sunday October 2, Robina Town Centre will hatch its BIGGEST school holiday program yet, with a dino-mite line up of school holiday entertainment featuring some of the biggest (virtual) reality stars to visit the Gold Coast.

In an Australian first, Robina Town Centre will turn the clock back by millions of years as it transforms into a scene from the Jurassic period to bring the ancient world of dinosaurs back to life. It is an exhilarating first-to-market experience that will have to be seen to be believed, using cutting-edge technology, archaeology and animatronics.

Featuring the innovative and award-winning HTC Vive virtual reality headsets, shoppers will be taken on a completely immersive and heart-pounding, 60-second journey as they come face-to-face with some of the most menacing and magnificent prehistoric creatures to have ever walked the earth. Stepping into a 4 x 4m 3D zone, which uses unique ‘room scale’ technology and tracking sensors, dino-enthusiasts will freely move within the space to interact with the dinosaurs in real-time, from feeding a Brontosaurus to facing off with a terrifying Tyrannosaurus Rex.

A world first immersive floor will add a surprising dimension of reality, with ground shaking movements and rumbling effects in sync with the dinosaurs as they roam the virtual reality forest floor, while surround sound technology will complete the multi-sensory experience. The ‘Dino-Zone’ will also feature abundant palms, ferns and rocky terrain to replicate the Jurassic period.

And while users are in for a frightfully unforgettable experience, children shouldn’t fear – it’s been designed with all ages in mind, including those as young as three years old. Two expansive screens will also display the VR footage for all to see.

It might also come as a shock for shoppers when they come face-to-face with a six-metre tall Tyrannosaurus Rex roaming the malls, but that’s also what’s in store at Robina Town Centre during September, with an animatronic T-Rex making its Australian debut after being developed for Universal Studios in the US.

Robina Town Centre is the home of shopping, dining, lifestyle and entertainment on the Gold Coast and included in the outstanding range of more than 350 retailers is David Jones and Myer, Zara, Apple, Nespresso, Big W, Target, Kmart, Coles superstore, two Woolworths Supermarkets, the Promenade Lakeside Dining precinct and Event Cinemas.

For more information on Robina Town Centre, please visit

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Kids on the Coast/Kids in the City
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