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Land of the Living Dinosaurs- West Midlands Safari Park

September 10, 2017Rabbit Ideas

As the parents of dinosaur- obsessed young children, we have done our fair share of museums! Fortunately, we are interested enough in the topic ourselves to encourage it- but it is always great when dinosaur activities can be done outside in the fresh air, in a hands-on and practical way. This summer we visited West Midlands Safari Park. As well as the safari experience; meeting a wide variety of real life animals, both Big and Little enjoyed visiting the new attraction: ‘Land of the Living Dinosaurs’.

The park itself was great; lots to see and do, including ‘Boj world’ and a whole range of animals both on the safari drive and walking around the park, too. If was also great to see some life-size, moving dinosaur models when we got the the ‘Land of the living Doinosaurs’. What was also good about the experience was the interactive nature of the walk-through. There was chance to be a paleontologist, which Big loved, getting stuck in and thinking about which country in the world this type of dinosaur skeleton might be found in:

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The model of a triceratops’ horn was really life-like. Little was practicing his growing vocabulary with words like ‘bumpy’, ‘smooth’, ‘lumpy’, ‘rough’ and ‘shiny’.

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Little also enjoyed comparing the size of a stegosaurus’ brain to other creatures, tracing his finger around the image and being able to touch and feel the different ‘brains’.

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This all meant that Land of the Living Dinosaurs was really practical and an all-round sensory experience. It also offered itself as a springboard for many further learning activities. The dinosaurs will definitely be making their way into our sand pit, tuff tray and bathtimes. The tracing activity was a great one for Little and I’ll be planning ways to put this into practice at home, as well. We’ve already been looking at comparing relative sizes, but doing this with regards to dinosaurs would be interesting, too. So many posibilities!

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Comments (23)

  • Mummy Needs Wine! (@Mummy_NeedsWine)

    September 22, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    We love the dinosaurs at the safari park. We haven’t been this year though. Looks like you had a fun day #forloveofblog

    1. rabbitideas

      September 22, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      We didn’t realise it was there- a lovely surprise!

  • Alana – Burnished Chaos

    September 22, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Looks like a great place, I love it when they have hands on exhibits to really get the kids involved. Thank you for linking up with #FamilyFunLinky

    1. rabbitideas

      September 23, 2017 at 8:06 am

      Yes- interactive all the way!

  • The Pramshed

    September 26, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    This looks like a brilliant place for kids, and I really like it when places are interactive and really allow children to let their imagination run wild and for them to learn a little. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG, hope we see you again this week. Claire x

    1. rabbitideas

      September 27, 2017 at 8:26 am

      Yes, it was really hands-on and interactive!

  • Fridgesays

    September 27, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    #thesatsesh we saw these last year in a local zoo and my son adored them! We also got some fab photo’s of him…and some ridiculous shots of me with my head in a t-rex’s mouth lol…perhaps i will never actually grow up?

  • SweetDreamer

    September 27, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Wow this looks so cool!! Would love to take the kids, but I think my hubs and I would enjoy it equally as much. #thesatsesh

    1. rabbitideas

      September 28, 2017 at 11:04 am

      Yes- it’s a great day out.

  • naomi

    January 31, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    my son is just nearly 2 and a half and just got into dinosaurs, lol. I think he’d love it. I like the look of the dig bit with the dinosaur fossil 🙂 #adventurecalling

    1. Jenny

      February 2, 2018 at 6:20 pm

      Wow, welcome to the world of a dino-fan-parent!

  • Malin – Sensational Learning with Penguin

    February 1, 2018 at 2:23 am

    Lokks like a great place! We’ve got the Port Lympne wild animal park not far from us, and they’ve got a dinosaur forest which is really nice ?x
    #AdventureCalling

    1. Jenny

      February 2, 2018 at 6:19 pm

      Cool, that sounds fun!

  • Emma Hip2trek

    February 1, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Oh that looks great fun! My Daughter loves Triceratops so would have love the model of the horn. Sounds a great place to get their imagination running. #AdventureCalling

    1. Jenny

      February 2, 2018 at 6:19 pm

      It was really fun- I liked all the hands-on things to do.

  • Lauren

    February 1, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Our boy loves dinosaurs too. As do I. This place looks great. I will be humming the Jurassic Park theme tune all day now. 🙂

    #adventurecalling

    1. Jenny

      February 2, 2018 at 6:18 pm

      Haha, yes, it was a good day out!

  • Helena

    February 13, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    This sounds like a fantastic place for dinosaur lovers of all ages. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. #AdventureCalling,

    1. Jenny

      February 15, 2018 at 5:31 pm

      Yes! Dinos are number 1 priority round here! 🙂

  • David – Potty Adventures

    February 13, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    This looks like a great day out – certainly one that my dinosaur-obsessed eldest toddler would enjoy. Like you say, the fact that they’ve made it so practical and sensory really maximises the engagement for kids. Thanks for joining us on #adventurecalling . We open again for more posts tomorrow morning. I hope you can join us.

    1. Jenny

      February 15, 2018 at 5:31 pm

      Thank you for reading, and for the linky!

  • Lauren The Helpful Hiker

    February 14, 2018 at 10:37 am

    It looks like you all had a great day out, a fab way to spend time outdoors and learn at the same time. I will have to take a look as it’s not too far away from us and I know that Finn would love looking at the dinosaurs. #AdventureCalling

    1. Jenny

      February 15, 2018 at 5:30 pm

      Ah, great, yes, it is a really good part of the park and the boys really enjoyed it.

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