It’s an idea that’s time has finally come. An indoor entertainment center that appeals to both kids and adults (i.e. an alternative to the madness that is Chuck E. Cheese’s). The place, Dinosaur Falls, in East Rutherford, is the brainchild of Marilyn and Dan Cashman, veteran day care center operators looking to do something different. Dinosaur Falls sure is different — and in a good way. Delivering on its name, a geologist is on hand to show kids how fossils are found, and how scientists remove fossils from surrounding rocks for further study. Kids can make a cast of dinosaur footprints and check out living descendents of dinosaurs (fish and birds) in tanks and cages through out the facility. Each hour, light shows and lectures take place on a stage with a unique waterfall backdrop.
To burn off energy, young kids can climb in the quarry; older ones can shimmy up a climbing wall. A dance floor and arcade offer another layer of entertainment, with games included in the admission price.
Another area where Dinosaur Falls shines, is the caf√É¬©. To go beyond the ubiquitous pizza-franks-soft pretzel fare, the Cashmans hired Chef Kamillah Corbitt, formerly of Resorts Atlantic City. She has been charged with creating a menu for kids that is appealing, yet healthy (i.e. the snack foods kids ask for, without any of the grease). The resulting perk is a separate gourmet menu for parents (or precocious children) that changes daily, with items like chicken cordon bleu or shrimp fra diavolo, and fresh salads. Dinosaur Falls is scheduled to open on Jan 2. Judging by the many moms in evidence on a recent visit, already booking birthday parties, we may have a new kid party phenom in the mix. Dinosaur Falls is appropriate for children ages 3 to 13; the cost per child is $18 and the cost per adult is $5. For more information, call 201-896-8888.