The interactive Jurassic Quest exhibition visits Vancouver and Abbotsford in May. It features realistic dinosaurs, rides and other fun activities for kids.
In 2024 the attraction is at the Pacific Coliseum from May 2nd to 5th and then at Abbotsford’s TRADEX Centre from May 10th to 12th.
To learn about other events happening this month, see our May Calendar of Events. To learn more about Jurassic Quest, continue reading.
This article contains the following information about Jurassic Quest:
Dinosaurs at Jurassic Quest
Jurassic Quest is a huge exhibition full of large dinosaur models. The attraction visits different cities across North America each year including Vancouver in 2024. It also visited here in 2019, 2021, 2022 and 2023. With the help of paleontologists, the dinosaurs are all made to be life-size and as accurate as possible. The event is educational and full of family-friendly fun.
The Jurassic Quest attraction is interactive in various ways, so it’s not just about what you can see. In fact, the experience is very much geared towards children.
At the attraction the dinosaurs move in incredible ways, and some even walk with guests. Kids can enjoy special dinosaur-themed bouncy houses and even sit down for fun arts and crafts. Children can also dig for fossils as young paleontologists.
Another impressive component of the exhibition is that it features rides! Children can hop on the backs of animatronics and enjoy the thrilling experience of riding different prehistoric creatures.
In addition to the above, there’s a Quest for kids to do, hence the exhibition’s name. The Jurassic Quest is given to children in the form of a brochure. It’s a creative way to keep everyone engaged. There are multiple clues listed on the brochure, each of which directs kids to different dinosaurs and areas of the building.
Everyone is encouraged to photograph their progress in the Quest. After completing all of the objectives, children can usually get a prize at the end of their visit!
Billing itself as “The #1 Dinosaur experience in North America,” Jurassic Quest tours Canada in April and May of 2024. It makes a couple of stops in the Lower Mainland region during that time.
When and Where
The exhibition is in Vancouver for four days and then in Abbotsford for three days in May 2024. The attraction sets up first at the Pacific Coliseum and then a week later at the TRADEX Centre.
Vancouver Dinosaur Exhibition
Jurassic Quest visits the PNE‘s Pacific Coliseum. It’s located at 100 North Renfrew Street in Vancouver. The exhibition runs there from May 2nd to 5th in 2024. Thursday hours are from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. On Friday and Saturday, hours of operation are from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm. On the Sunday, the event is open from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm.
Abbotsford Dinosaur Exhibition
Shortly after its time in the City of Vancouver, Jurassic Quest sets up at the TRADEX Centre at 1190 Cornell Street in Abbotsford. The venue is right beside the Abbotsford Airport.
The exhibition at this second location runs from May 10th to 12th, so on the Mother’s Day Long Weekend. On the Friday, Jurassic Quest is open from noon until 8:00 pm. Saturday hours are from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, whereas Sunday hours are from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Jurassic Quest Admission Prices
As of January 2024, admission costs are similar to Jurassic Quest at both the Vancouver and Abbotsford venues. Organizers recommend buying tickets online to guarantee entrance.
Rates vary depending on your age and whether or not you want unlimited access to rides. The Unlimited Rides pass includes admission and access to all animatronic rides, bouncy houses, fossil digging areas, and other activities. Or, you can buy the standard ticket and then pay extra for each activity you decide to do.
Prices for the exhibition in 2024 are approximately as follows (excluding taxes and online service fees):
- Kids Unlimited Admission (ages 2 to 10) – $45.00
- Kids Standard Admission (ages 2 to 10) – $27.50
- General Admission (ages 11 to 64) – $27.50
- Seniors (ages 65+) – $22.00
- Toddlers (under the age of 2) – Free
- Activity Tickets – $6.00 per activity
Note: The prices above are subject to change. Also, the Unlimited Admission Passes are for children, not adults, and are good for rides on the one day (not on multiple days).
For tickets and the attraction’s official website, click jurassicquest.ca.
Tips & Extra Information
Below are some suggestions and things that are good to know before you visit Jurassic Quest.
TIP #1: The rides and inflatable play structures are for children, not adults. They have a maximum weight limit of around 140 pounds per person and are limited to kids ages 12 and under.
TIP #2: While there are many activities suitable for all children, some do have strict height requirements. Only kids at least 36″ tall can experience the largest dinosaur rides and inflatable activities.
TIP #3: All kids who want to play inside the inflatable bouncy houses need to wear socks. Make sure to bring a pair for your child! If you forget, you can also purchase socks on-site for about $1.00 most years.
TIP #4: You can spend as much time as you want at Jurassic Quest, which is nice. On average, the exhibition takes up to about two hours to fully enjoy, and that’s including all the rides and activities. Some children though might want to stay all day!
For more information about the dinosaur exhibition, visit the Jurassic Quest website.
Other articles that may be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver Dinosaur Events
- Vancouver’s Best Places for Children
- Best Places for History and Culture
- Rainy Day Activities
- May Calendar of Events