Be transported to another world with shows at Calgary’s Arts Commons! Here you can listen to the classical sounds of the symphony, enjoy a children’s show, or watch a drama unfold. Arts Commons Presents, the programming arm of Arts Commons, also fascinates us through captivating lectures and special events, such as National Geographic Live, allowing us to travel the globe from our seats in Calgary. These presentations are the perfect events for families with school-age children, giving them glimpses into our world in educational and engaging ways.

This March, discover the Tyrannosaurus rex, the most famous prehistoric carnivore of all time! National Geographic Live is bringing Lindsay Zanno: T. rex Rises to Art Commons. Dr. Lindsay Zanno is a paleontologist whose work has helped us picture the world of the dinosaurs and how a cataclysmic climate crisis — stagnant oceans, volcanic eruptions, and flooding continents — wiped out the top predators. She discusses how Cretaceous climate change paved the way for the evolution of Tyrannosaurus rex.

Arts Commons Presents National Geographic Live T. rex Rises (Family Fun Calgary)

How did T. rex become the most iconic predator of North America? Dr. Zanno is one of the world’s leading experts on the evolution of Cretaceous dinosaurs and she spends months at a time searching the badlands of western North America for clues. Of course, she has made some amazing discoveries along the way, including previously unknown species. Have you heard about one of the continent’s tiniest tyrannosaurus, Moros, which weighed only 170 pounds and stood barely five feet tall? On the other end of the scale is Siats, one of the largest American megapredators, at over 9,000 pounds.

Arts Commons Presents National Geographic Live T. rex Rises (Family Fun Calgary)

Lindsay Zanno: T. rex Rises is recommended for all ages. The show takes place at 2 pm on Sunday, March 10 and at 7 pm on Monday, March 11, 2024. It’s the third show in the 2023-24 season of National Geographic Live and you can mark your calendars for the next show, Kiliii Yüyan: Life on Thin Ice on May 26 & 27, 2024.

You might be interested to know that Arts Commons Presents provides an ASL Interpreter for both shows of T. rex Rises. The interpreter will be located toward the left side of the stage. For the best view, choose Orchestra or Mezzanine level seating or contact the box office at for booking assistance.

Add some T. rex fascination to your March with National Geographic Live’s Lindsay Zanno: T. rex Rises. Get your tickets from Arts Commons Presents before they sell out!

Arts Commons is the largest performing arts centre in Western Canada and home to the Jack Singer Concert Hall, along with six resident companies: Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, Arts Commons Presents, Downstage, and One Yellow Rabbit. There are so many wonderful family-friendly shows; you’re sure to find something to bring your family a delightful, memorable evening.

Arts Commons Presents National Geographic Live:

When: March 10 – 11, 2024
Time: Sunday at 2 pm and Monday at 7 pm
Where: Jack Singer Hall at Arts Commons
Address: 205 – 8 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-294-9494