Dinosaurs Invade the Good Zoo Just in Time for Easter Treasure Hunt

Dinos at Good Zoo just in time for the Treasure Hunt

The Good Zoo at Oglebay has been invaded by four life-sized, moving and roaring dinosaurs which can be discovered in the woods near the Australian exhibit. The dinosaurs have arrived just in time for the annual Treasure Hunt at the Good Zoo on March 29 and 30. Animal Keeper Katie Marino, left, shows off the young dinosaur that arrived with its big brothers and sisters to Hannah, 12, Benjamin, 7, and Aaron Skiles, 11, from Venetia, PA, while the Easter Bunny keeps a close watch.

The Oglebay Good Zoo Treasure Hunt is Friday and Saturday, March 29 and 30, and in addition to the Easter Bunny some other special guests will be on hand during the hunt.  “The Good Zoo has been invaded by four life-sized, moving and roaring dinosaurs which can be discovered in the woods out near the Australian exhibit,” said Penny Miller, Director of the Good Zoo. “Come enjoy the Treasure Hunt and take a sneak peak at our new dinosaurs!”


The dinosaurs will be at the zoo through the summer and include a large Styracosaurus and her baby, a Juvenile T –Rex, a Dilophosaurus, a Deltadromeus and Parasaurolophus. “The Deltadromeus, whose name means ‘river runner’ has claimed the top of the wetlands waterfall as his prehistoric perch for the summer,” said Miller.  The Parasaurolophus is non-robotic so visitors can sit on it and take their photo or video, but all other dinosaurs are robotic and move and roar.


The Treasure Hunt is an annual favorite for children of all ages as the hunt is non-competitive so even very young children can participate.  The hunt is from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day.  “Every child who participates in the event receives a treasure map and an Easter bucket to hold their treasures,” added Miller.


Admission to the Good Zoo, which includes the Treasure Hunt, is $9.00 for adults; $5.75 for children ages 3-12; and free for ages 2 and under.  Good Zoo members are free but members’ children that participate in the hunt must purchase a ticket for $4.00.


Activities at Oglebay for Easter Sunday, March 31, begin with the Easter Sunrise Service at the Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater at 7:00 a.m.  In the event of inclement weather, the sunrise service will be moved indoors.


An Easter Buffet will be offered at the Ihlenfeld Dining Room at Wilson from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.  The cost is $29.95 for adults; $15.50 for ages 11-14; $12.50 for ages 5-10; and complimentary for ages 4 and under.  Reservations for the dining room can be made by calling 304-243-4080.