WESTFIELD, NJ - Dinosaur Troubadour Zach Miko began his recent afternoon performance at the Westfield Library with a few dinosaur songs, which only added to the children’s anticipation to see the mighty T-Rex.
Zach also shared some interesting Dino facts with the crowd of eager children who attended as they gladly joined in with the singalong. He read a short story from a book that was later donated, and is now in the Westfield Library for all to read. With a final song and the crowd cheering and singing, he opened the door and escorted the children out to see the T-Rex.
Dinasaur wrangler Brianna Kalisch escorted the great beast into view as the children popped their heads out of the library doors, and one by one getting closer and closer to pet it.
“It is absolutely amazing,” said Sam Weber who spends his time inside the giant puppet. With lots of controls to manipulate and the fact that the puppet weighs in at 90 pounds makes this quite a task. The reactions vary, Sam indicated, and went on to say how much he enjoys his work and how wonderful it is to see all the reactions from the children.
The library activity was made possible by Field Station: Dinosaurs, an interactive learning destination now open in Secaucus. The 15-foot animated T-Rex is touring libraries of North Jersey and is one of more than 30 full–sized interactive or animatronic dinosaurs featured at the 24-Acre Outdoor Jurassic Park. Visitors will go back 90 million years, see puppet shows staring the T-Rex, a dig site and interactive educational games and workshops along a .75 mile trail nestled near the Snake Hill prehistoric rock formation adjacent to Laurel Hill Park.