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Perfect for kids and kids at heart, you dino want to miss Before Us.

Things are looking decidedly retro in the City Centre right now – like, prehistoric, 66-million-years-ago kind of retro – and dinosaur lovers will be delighted.

Bringing the magic of Enlighten Festival to the city centre, Before Us is an immersive, interactive outdoor dinosaur experience in Civic Square featuring 17 illuminated, finely-crafted prehistoric creatures, including a T-Rex, a Saber-Toothed Cat, and a ‘Thunderbird’ (a giant emu-like bird that once called Australia home).

And the best part? It’s all completely free.

Presented by the City Renewal Authority, Before Us is happening from 5 pm to 11 pm daily until Monday 11 March, with life-sized puppets appearing each night from 6 pm to 10 pm.

A prehistoric playground where you’re free to roam explore and experience, Before Us even has its own unique soundscape, with the roars, clicks and screeches of the prehistoric beasts all recorded in Canberra.

Yes, really! They include sounds from a one-year-old, the screeches of a light rail vehicle stopping and recordings of Namadgi National Park, so you can feel immersed in your own Jurassic world.

Prepare to be amazed and discover the biological ‘big bang’ of planet Earth, where prehistoric life multiplied and evolved from kooky critters to massive beasts. You can even hold a baby dinosaur or watch as a triceratops lumbers slowly towards you.

Feeling peckish? There are plenty of food and beverage vendors who have popped up in Civic Square for the event, including Brazbeque and BZ Burger. There’s also a BentSpoke Brewery pop-up bar so you can make a full night of it.

“It’s wonderful to see people of all ages taking delight in this free and larger-than-life experience in the City Centre,” says Jennifer Ramsay, acting Deputy Chief Executive Officer, City Renewal Authority.

“Before Us is the perfect excuse to come together with friends and family, enjoy a night out and explore the array of food and drink options nearby.”

You can even combine a visit to Before Us to other Enlighten Festival attractions, with a free shuttle bus operating every thirty minutes between the City Centre and the Enlighten illuminations in the National Triangle.

Don’t miss out on this dino-mite experience.


What: Before Us
When: Until Monday 11 March from 5 – 11 pm every day
Where: Civic Square, City Centre
Cost: Free
Website: enlightencanberra.com/program/city-illuminations


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