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Day Out: Yorkshire’s Jurassic World

April 14, 2018Jenny

Earlier on this spring,  Yorkshire’s Jurassic World exhibition opened at Yorkshire Museum, in York. Having dino fans in the family, we had to come and pay it a visit- here is what we thought:

The museum opens at 10am and we arrived for opening, having previously seen long queues later on in the day over the school holidays. We went straight in and got started! The first part of the exhibition contains several trays with fossils covered in rubber chips. The children can sift and clear these to reveal the fossils beneath. Little was particularly taken with this activity; he worked his way slowly around each tray, uncovering and burying each fossil! It was great to see that even the youngest children had been thought of.

Big found a worksheet and started completing the tasks in each area. There were also interactive displays which appealed to slightly older children; such as creating a map of how the continents had originally been joined together.


While we were going around the museum, we spotted a favourite book; Atlas of Dinosaur Adventures by Emily Hawkins and Lucy Letherland, which had been placed in a discovery basket with some toys along the way. A perfect choice; we love this book!

The last part of the exhibition was a virtual reality experience which children over 5 and adults could join in. We had to queue for a little while, but then Big had his chance to feed ‘Alan’, the sauropod whose vertebra was found at Scarborough in 1995. Big loved this; it was his first experience of VR or anything similar, really, and he was really excited about it afterwards.

Yorkshire museum contains a lot of artefacts and the staff were also brilliant. There were two tables set up with a member of staff at each one, to answer questions and show you items. You can even touch and hold some pieces; gold coins, a stone age axe, etc. This was really good; I love how museums are becoming more and more interactive and hands-on these days; it really helps to get a sense of what the objects were used for and why they are important. Here are some of the activities we found in the rest of the museum:


Overall, we had a great day, the museum itself and the dinosaur exhibition were both great. The prices were also reasonable to get in; £7.50 for adults and the children were free. It was clear that a lot of thought had gone into making it accessible for families with different aged children and there was lots to keep them engaged and interested as we made our way around.

Have you got a museum near to where you live? Are there activities for children to join in with there?


Comments (16)

  • Tactical Tuesdays 17.04.18 – Rabbit Ideas

    April 16, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    […] of a routine. We’ve had a great time and kept busy- you can see the fun day out we had at Yorkshire’s Jurassic World in the post I’ve linked up this […]

  • Paola

    April 17, 2018 at 10:06 am

    Looks like an amazing place, my girl would LOVE it!
    VR is the future of museums

    1. Jenny

      April 18, 2018 at 8:03 pm

      Yes, we haven’t done VR in museum before but it is great- crazy fun times we are all living in these days!

  • Sarah – Mud, Cakes and Wine

    April 17, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Sounds a lovely trip, makes so much difference when they put so much hard work into an exhibition #tacticaltuesdays

    1. Jenny

      April 18, 2018 at 8:03 pm

      Definitely- it was fab!

  • Malin – Sensational Learning with Penguin

    April 17, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Looks like they’re doing a great job with their exhibitions up there ?? I used to work as ‘study advisor’ for a programme in museology, and find it really interesting to see how museums choose to set up activities, displays etc, and all the thoughts that go into it x

    1. Jenny

      April 18, 2018 at 8:05 pm

      Wow- that sounds like a really interesting job! They had done some great planning here, it worked really well.

  • mainy

    April 18, 2018 at 9:46 am

    A great day out where there is so much to learn is one of those trips that I love. It’s like having a big long walk where you feel it is really worthwhile.

    1. Jenny

      April 18, 2018 at 8:06 pm

      Yes, I agree! A sense of achievement? Absolutely!

  • Clare

    April 18, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Oh wow this looks fantastic. I haven’t been to York in God knows how long, but I know Freddie would absolutely love this. #tacticaltuesdays

    1. Jenny

      April 18, 2018 at 8:07 pm

      Cool! Well the exhibition is there long-term, I think, so should be plenty of time to plan a visit- we might bump into you there! 🙂

  • Joanna Bayford

    April 18, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    What a fab day out! I’d love to take to something like this!

    1. Jenny

      April 20, 2018 at 6:06 pm

      It is great!

  • Rachel | Kids, Cuddles and Muddy Puddles

    April 19, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    This looks like a place my kids woulld love! Sounds like you really enjoyed all they had to offer. #tacticaltuesdaus

    1. Rachel again…

      April 19, 2018 at 9:13 pm

      Oh dear, how many typos?! Sorry, I meant “would” and #tacticaltuesdays!

    2. Jenny

      April 20, 2018 at 6:06 pm

      Yes- it was great! 🙂

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