By Bob Uphues
Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road, this summer launched a new experience for its visitors that will get you up close with animals and get you out of the heat (or cold) at the same time.
The zoo's new 3D Theater is located in the Discovery Center, located just east of the North Gate entrance, and offers a pair of educational 3D films that "offer an enhanced sensory experience," according to a press release.
The films are shown beginning at 10 a.m. daily, with the two 20-minute films alternating every half hour.
Both were created by BBC Earth and were intended to give the audience "an incredible immersive experience right from their seats before heading out to enjoy seeing the animals."
The first film, shown every hour on the hour is "Wild Africa," which explores the African continent and features some its most iconic animals, showing how their lives are affected by the presence – or lack – of water.
The other film, shown every hour on the half hour is "Walk with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D," showing how paleontologists imagine a year in the lives of a herd of plant-eating dinosaurs using computer-generated imagery.
Entry into the 3D Theater is $8 for adults and $6 for children between the ages of 3-11, for each film. You can buy tickets at any of the zoo's ticket booths or at the Discovery Center.
The 3D Theater will be at Brookfield Zoo at least through May 2019.
More information can be found at www.CZS.org/3D.