The Discover the Dinosaurs exhibit is returning to Albuquerque on May 31st and showing until June 1st, 2014. This exhibit is very expensive and you won't find any discounts or deals to bring down the price of admission. However, if you prepare ahead of time and stick to the basics with nothing extra, you can save yourself some money compared to the family that goes for the whole deal. In order to get the lowest price possible, you must only purchase the regular adult ticket/s for $18/each and any child tickets for the "exhibit only" price at $16/each. This is cheaper than the $22 tickets for exhibit plus rides. You must specify that this is the ticket you want when purchasing as the default ticket for children is the $22 price. Senior citizen tickets cost $16/each. You cannot purchase the "exhibit only" tickets online, so you must get in line early at the convention center if you want to buy a ticket. However, the cash only line is a lot shorter than the credit card line.
Speaking from experience from the 2013 exhibit, the rides are not worth the extra money. The lines are extremely long and you basically get to choose from inflatable bouncers, mini golf and mechanical dinosaurs. Save some extra money by making sure your kid is wearing socks as this is required in the play areas, including inside the free Dino Den area. The Dino Coloring area and Dig Den are also included at no extra charge. Also, take your own snacks and/or water since the concession stand is also quite costly. Some other areas they will try and get you to spend more money include the photo they will take of your family against the green screen at the very beginning, the Gem and Fossil Panning, face painting and at the small gift shop within the exhibit. Skip these purchases and you can save some additional money.
The exhibit itself is actually pretty good. The dinosaurs are robots that are animated and even make sounds. Many are big and terrifying and very life-like. There's many dinosaurs to look at and take pictures in front of. If you'd like an idea of what the dinosaurs look like, see one of their videos. There's even a large T-Rex head at the end that you can take photos in front with your own camera. You can have an enjoyable time seeing the dinosaurs at the exhibit, just know that if you're trying to save some cash, don't buy anything extra and you'll be fine. If you're a New Mexican resident and want to visit the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, see how here.