On the other hand, anything that keeps the little diddums cheerfully occupied on a Bank Holiday weekend is to be welcomed and dinosaurs will do it every time: commentators who thought that the fad had peaked with Jurassic Park (now the most financially successful film ever) were wrong. Not with two more Spielberg dino-movies on the way (The Flintstones and the animated We're Back]), Whoopi Goldberg about to co-star with a T Rex and London Zoo unveiling Extinction on 28 May.
Extinction is the zoo's biggest-ever exhibition and (spot the deliberate contradiction) 'aims to bring to life the story of extinct and disappearing animals' - bring on the mammoths, the dodo, the tigers . . . Parents will probably be more appreciative of the upbeat educational slant than their offspring, who will doubtlessly be fruitfully engaged imitating mummy and daddy, ie pretending to eat caveman and stomp on buildings. Hell, if it keeps them occupied . . .
Extinction, London Zoo, Regent's Park, NW1 (071-722.3333). Open 10.00am-5.30pm daily. Adults pounds 6.50, children (4-14) pounds 4
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