You don't have to spend much time with little children to realize that many of them are fascinated by dinosaurs and trains. The Jim Henson Company-produced PBS Kids program Dinosaur Train, which embraces those duel interests, comes to the stage in a multimedia trip to the Mesozoic at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Penn State's Eisenhower Auditorium.
Dinosaur Train Live! Buddy's Big Adventure features Buddy, Tiny, Shiny, Don and all of their friends and family in an upbeat and interactive show.
Tickets are still available for the Oct. 25 performance.
Buddy is a young Tyrannosaurus Rex living happily in the Pteranodon family nest. But what makes Buddy part of this family? And what will happen when he gets bigger and can't fit in the nest? Seeking answers to Buddy's questions, the Pteranodons hop aboard the Dinosaur Train and set off on an adventure to see King Cryolophosaurus. But the King turns out to be missing. Will Buddy and the gang find him? Will Buddy discover what makes him such an important part of the Pteranodon family? Take a ride on the Dinosaur Train and find out.
From giant King to teeny Tiny, Buddy's Big Adventure brings the TV program's characters to life in an original and musical story in which the audience is part of the action. The stage show features hybrid puppeteered costume characters, a live host, projected backgrounds and vistas, special effects and a full-sized replica of the Dinosaur Train.
Kids Connections, which is free for ticket holders and includes a craft-centered, child-friendly activity provided by WPSU-TV, takes place in Eisenhower one hour before the show. Due to space and time restrictions, Kids Connections participation is limited.