ATLANTIC CITY — An interactive exhibit on dinosaurs attracted an estimated 10,000 visitors to the Atlantic City Convention Center over the weekend.

Local families said they hope similar events can be promoted in the city as alternatives to traveling to other states for family fun.

The walk-through exhibit, Discover the Dinosaurs Unleashed, featured animatronic dinosaurs, fossil digging, a robotic T-Rex ride and other attractions for kids to enjoy and learn all at once.

Dustin Bailey, 32, of Estell Manor, said he is glad that he can take his two daughters to the city for a children-focused event.

“The ability to have these family events is a big thing and its certainly good for the community to have events like this,” Bailey said.

For Bailey, time is precious for spending with his family.

“Some weeks you may only have one day off so this is nice. Trying to spend some time with the family and to do that and come to Atlantic City instead of Philadelphia is really great,” Bailey said.

As he watched his daughter ride an animatronic T-Rex, Hector Robles, 32, of Pleasantville, said he’s grateful he doesn’t have to take a long trip for a day with the family.

“To be at home and do something here is much better than taking a trip and not having to drive. It kind of gives the vibe of more of a family city,” Robles said.

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