LA Zoo: The Return of Roaring Nights

Music, food trucks, and visits with dinosaurs -- ! -- are on the way at the Griffith Park destination.

There's no ifs, ands, or rrrrawrs about it: Dinosaurs ruled the 1990s.

For sure, dinos had existed before the decade began — way, wayyyy before the decade began, as in 65 million years — but the prehistoric beasts had starred in plenty of B movies when B movies reigned.

Then came "Jurassic Park," in 1993, a major pop culture moment. The Los Angeles Zoo, which happens to have a bevy of sizable dinosaurs on its grounds at the moment, will celebrate the '90s and all of its tunes and T. Rex-ness on Friday, June 24.

It's the opener for Roaring Nights, the summertime music-plus-food series created for grown-up fans of the animal park. Roaring Nights lands on one night per month from June to September, with different themes (country music, indie music, and the 1980s are in July, August, and September, respectively).

As for the starter on June 24? Saved By The 90's will revisit the oeuvre of the Backstreet Boys and other hitmakers of the decade. "Food trucks, full-service bars, a Game Zone with tabletop games, a life-size version of Jenga, and '90s video games..." round out the good times.

Oh yes, and those aforementioned dinosaurs, which are about as '90s as a '90s icon can possibly be, thanks to the blockbuster film series. They're animatronic, and quite realistic, but if visiting with a Stegosaurus doesn't address your "Jurassic Park" obsession thoroughly enough, there's a Jeep inspired by the film near the beasties. Yep, you can take a photo in front of it.

You can dress a la Jeff Goldblum, if you like, or another '90s-nifty favorite, be that person from "Jurassic Park" or a band or sports or TV.


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Have your double-denim look ready? Or your safari-style fedora? Your '90s dream, complete with dinosaurs, awaits at the LA Zoo.

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