EK, East Kilbride is taking a trip back in time with a prehistoric event that is guaranteed to have both kids and adults roaring for more.

Running from 8th to 12th April, EK’s free Crazy Critters shows will see a host of amazing creatures descend on the shopping centre for the Easter school holidays.  Bruno the giant T-Rex will be joined by his baby dino pals and some incredible dino descendants, including snakes, scorpions, tarantulas and more.

Standing 3 metres tall, Baxter is a gentle giant who likes nothing better than playing tag with his handlers and young dinos around his enclosure in Centre West.  Visitors to EK will be able to enjoy the How to Train Your Dinosaur show in Centre West on 9th, 10th and 11th April.

In addition to 70 million year old Cretaceous creatures, EK’s holiday entertainment will also include a selection of fascinating live beasties with links back to the dinosaurs.

On Monday 8th and Friday 12th April, wildlife specialists Zoolab will host meet-and-greet workshops in Plaza, where children can get up close and personal with a variety of creepy crawlies.  From terrific tarantulas and slippery snakes to scorpions and gentle giant snails, the workshops will give a fascinating insight into these incredible creatures and their prehistoric connections.

For adventurous young dino hunters, there will also be an opportunity to take part in a prehistoric egg trail around the centre – spot all the hatching dino Easter eggs and you could win a fab prize – while the centre’s sit-on Triceratops will be available for some super selfies.

Keeping the egg theme, the shopping centre has been working with primary schools across the town to create some unique Easter sculptures.  The specially designed giant eggs will be on display throughout the Easter holidays with visitors invited to vote for their favourite in a fab Easter Facebook competition.

Commenting on the Easter fun, centre manager, Alan Smillie, said: “We have a terrific programme planned, with dinosaurs, beasties and giant eggs all combining to create a cracking event for young and old alike.”

All of EK’s holiday events are free and no booking is required.


Bruno the giant T-Rex

📍 Centre West
📅 Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (9th, 10th and 11th)
⏰ Timings:
11am: Dino walkabout
12pm: Show – How to Train Your Dinosaur
1.15pm: Show – How to Train Your Dinosaur
2.30pm: Dino walkabout


Zoolab creature encounters

📍 Plaza
📅 Monday (8th) and Friday (12th)
⏰ Timings
11am, 11.40am, 12.25pm, 1.10pm

Please note all timings are approximate