Days out as a family for us is a rare thing, Mr S works all week and then often works all weekend and evenings on his website either travelling to different events or simply just being swamped with work but when we got invited to go along to Dinosaurs in the Wild which is located in the Greenwich Peninsular in London, right next to the O2 I made sure that he kept that day completely clear so we could enjoy time as a family.
Dinosaurs in the Wild is an tour back in time, many millions of years to the Cretaceous period which is home to many glorious and stunning dinosaurs, It only takes a few seconds but we are whisked away to TimeBase67 that is home to scientists who are studying and learning more and more about these creatures in the flesh.
We was given these special glasses which we had to put on when the tour guide told us and during our trip to Timebase67 we got our first look at the dinosaurs which jumped around, blocked our path and made both Kai and Amelia gasp in delight, Robin was that keen on it but the experience is designed for ages 5 and up but she soon relaxed and had fun seeing the dinosaurs. Once we had reached TimeBase67, which one of our tour guide explained is very much like the modern Pentagon in which it is a multi leveled laboratory in each has different areas to explore and learn about the Dinosaurs we was told more about the history of Chronotex and shown around the base, we even got to see an autopsy which was pretty interesting and gross, which lead us into another area where they had all these eggs in various stages of hatching, the technician that explained to us about the eggs pulled out one which he walked off with only to return with a brand new baby which was adorable and also got the chance to feel what a Dinosaur poo felt like.
I think one of my favorite parts of it was when our tour guide pointed over into the corner of the room and with little interest mentioned that the weird mammal in the jar was a ancestor of the human race.
We ended our journey in the observation area and I don’t want to spoil too much but it was actually really amazing, this is the only part that young children might find scary and if I am honest I got a little scared too.
Now onto the important bits, The children absolutely loved every second of it, even Robin who is younger but such an adventurous little girl, Kai was so excited about seeing the T-Rex and Amelia loved seeing the Triceratops and I think the part that was the best was just the science was correct with the dinosaurs themselves as obviously in recent years its shown that they aren’t the brown/grey mess that we previously thought but colorful and even furry or with feathers which pleased my little science brain.
When I first read up of Dinosaurs in the Wild I wasn’t sure what I was expecting, previous experiences with Dinosaur related attractions have all been models that move and there was some of that but a lot of the scenes outside the windows are of course graphics enhanced with the special glasses which are similar to the 3D glasses we get from 3D movies in the cinema and I feel like that made things even better, looking out of the windows in the observation deck was incredible and the drive down to TimeBase67 felt like we was on an actual trip with the movements and sounds.
The actors that showed you around the area as your guides were perfect and funny, interacted with the children perfectly and always asked them questions with sharing knowledge of the dinosaurs that they had on show at the various locations of the base.
It really was such an enjoyable day in which all my children had a good time, including us big kids who just love dinosaurs and the history of our planet, Dinosaurs in the wild will be running in London until the 2nd September so make sure that if you are up for a heart pumping adventure go grab some tickets and have fun exploring 67 Million years into the past.
Until next time