Crown Street Mall looked like a scene from Jurassic Park on Saturday as fearsome dinosaurs stalked the streets, startling passers-by with their belligerent roars and oversized teeth.
Children – and even one or two adults – in the town centre ran away screaming, in delight rather than terror, as the beasts approached.
The lifelike dinosaur puppets were the star attraction of a day of school holiday activities put on by Destination Wollongong. Others included face painting, a baby-animal petting farm and live music performances.
The prehistoric puppets were from Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo, a school holiday show on at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre from today through to Thursday (for tickets, click here).
With another week of school holidays to go, Illawarra families can look forward to another week of warm weather, although there is a chance of showers tomorrow.
Other holiday activities happening this week include hands-on science workshops at the Science Centre and Planetarium; Circus Monoxide’s Circus Fiesta; ‘‘pirate treasure hunts’’ at Warrawong, Thirroul and Helensburgh libraries; and Sydney Opera House Babies Proms – a classical-music concert for toddlers and preschoolers – at the IPAC on Thursday.