Review: Dinosaurs in the Wild

Review Dinosaurs in the Wild: If you are a regular reader of Mudpie Fridays you will know that dinosaurs are a firm favourite with both boys. Monkey in particular has been dinosaur mad for as long as I can remember. So when Dinosaurs in the Wild got in contact and asked us if we would like to visit, I said yes.

I don’t think I have seen someone so excited. Dinosaurs in the Wild is based in North Greenwich very close to the O2. So we caught the Thames Clippers boat from Embankment. Which worked out well as its then only a short walk from the pier. You know when you are getting close as there is a trail of dinosaur footprints and arrows to follow. Slots are timed as you go through this immersive theatre experience in little groups. The groups were a good size, not too many people, so the boys got to see everything they wanted.

The idea is that you visit Timebase 67 which is a unique research facility into the study of dinosaurs. The only way this can be done is to travel back in time to the Cretaceous period in a 500MW Godel Cage machine. The website is very detailed and it did explain that this process maybe a little bumpy and scare younger children.  But we found it fine. Monkey’s excitement when he saw the dinosaurs appear in front of the all-terrain vehicle was infectious.

Once you have docked in the research facility you are shown into a room with a big round centre table. Around the outside are new clipping and awards the facility has won. As well as a wall of televisions showing what is happening in different areas of the facility and just outside. The scientist goes on to explain how the world has physically changed. We are shown a short film of globe changing before being lead into the pathology lab.

Apart from the bit at the end this was Monkey’s favourite room. As he got to hold ‘real’ dinosaur teeth. I was really impressed with the scientist who after explaining about the room took time with some of the children to give them things to hold. He also explained to the boys about what they could see in some of the display cabinets. There were tissue samples, eyeballs, brains, teeth and claws, a hung beating Alamosaurus heart and dinosaur poo! There was plenty of time to look around before moving into the Autopsy Lab. Although there was another group behind us you didn’t feel as though you were being rushed through which I really like.

In the Autopsy Lab a scientist was dissecting a Pachycephalosaurus. This involved cutting open its head to reveal the brain. Although that sounds a little bit gory it was actually very well done. I liked the reference to bird flu which the adults all sniggered at and caused us to be rushed into the next room.

The Hatchery consisted of three incubators with nests in them. Some of the eggs were beginning to hatch much to the children’s amazement. Each pod was explained before another scientist brought in a cute and fluffy baby Dakotaraptor chick. In our group it was a little girl’s birthday so she was allowed to name it which I thought was a lovely touch.

In the Animal Laboratory spreads both a daytime and a nocturnal research area. It allows the children to get up close to some of the specimens which are animatronic and very life like looking. We also met one of the scientists that go outside in there boiler suits. He talked us through the suit before it was identified that a juvenile T-Rex was missing and we we hurriedly rushed into the Lookout.

This was by far my favourite room. You are presented with four huge screens which are made to look like windows. Through these you can see a whole host of dinosaurs in their natural habitat. The 3D glasses which we were given at the beginning worked amazingly well. The boys were totally mesmerised. Our first encounter was when a Triceratops baby is eaten by a Prognathodon. I did wonder how this may affect the boys but they accepted it was part of dinosaur life and I guess no different to watching nature programmes on the TV.

Throughout the whole experience there are subtle references to some T-Rex activity. It really comes to the fore in this room. I don’t want give the game away but they take a very unhealthy interest in the Lookout. It meant we had to leave pretty quickly and were lead away through some dark tunnels to an old time travel pod to return to 2019…. you will have to visit the experience to find out more for yourself!

As my husband was away with work I had to take Kipper. The website did say it was wasn’t recommended for children age two and under. Yet he was in a back carrier all the way round and quite happy. Although he doesn’t scare easily and having that close proximity to me probably helped. Monkey at six found the experience exhilarating and really wants to go back. The little boy we were with got a little nervous at the end, but the staff were brilliant. They gave him a torch to hold and told him how brave he was.

We had a really fun adventure, its totally different to an other dinosaur activity we have done. Its also rare to find something that entertains the children and the adults as well as Dinosaurs in the Wild did. Monkey is already asking to go again..

Things you need to know about Dinosaurs in the Wild:

Time: Dinosaurs in the Wild has been extended until the 2nd of September so the perfect activity for the Summer holidays. Open Wednesday to Sunday in July and then opening on a Monday too in August and September. Entrance is by time slot only so make sure you book your tickets in advance which can be done on their website.

Length: The experience takes around seventy minutes but it does say allow ninety as there is a little bit of queuing at the beginning

Location: West Parkside (near junction with John Harrison Way), Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0BE

Ticket Price: In peak times adults tickets are £29.50, children 3-16 are £26.00. If you buy a family ticket of two adults and two children this reduces the cost down per person to £23.75 each. There is a 50p transaction charge for the booking to print the tickets at home.

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36 Comments

  1. Neha Chauhan
    July 15, 2018 / 10:52 pm

    Definitely worth visiting!

  2. paula cheadle
    July 16, 2018 / 10:38 pm

    my grandson would love this place

  3. Pam Francis Gregory
    July 17, 2018 / 11:45 am

    Looks like the all had a fab time!

  4. Margaret Gallagher
    July 17, 2018 / 4:11 pm

    Looks amazing – the boys would be totally in awe

  5. July 17, 2018 / 6:52 pm

    That sounds amazing, those Dinosaur teeth look huge! Our youngest grandson is Dinosaur mad so I know he’d love it. I will definitely look to book tickets to take him during the Summer holidays.

  6. Rosemary Tily
    July 17, 2018 / 7:50 pm

    To actually hold ‘real’ dinosaur teeth, what an experience! The specimens look amazingly lifelike! It is expensive but fun and very educational so well worth visiting. Love your son’s Dino Squad T-shirt.

  7. July 18, 2018 / 11:43 am

    Wow! My daughter would love this. Looks like a brilliant day out – we’ll definitely visit the next time we’re down south!

  8. Samantha O'D
    July 19, 2018 / 12:15 pm

    This looks amazing!

  9. July 19, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    It looks amazing! I really fancied taking L but when I showed him the website he decided it looked too scary for him and he was worried the dinosaurs would get him. No amount of persuading has worked so it looks like I’ll be missing out, boo! #BloggerClubUK

  10. July 19, 2018 / 8:38 pm

    Looks like so much fun and can see why they have extended the opening times as keep hearing such good things about it #BloggerClubUK

  11. paula cheadle
    July 21, 2018 / 10:00 pm

    my grandson would love this, he loves dinosaurs

  12. paula cheadle
    July 22, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    youngest grandson would love this place

  13. July 23, 2018 / 6:58 am

    It looks like an amazing experience especially for dino mad kids! I’d love the autopsy but not sure Matthew would stomach it… #bloggerclubuk

  14. July 23, 2018 / 3:48 pm

    Gosh this looks like it could worry some while making the dino lovers think cool #bloggerclubuk

  15. Natalie Crossan
    July 23, 2018 / 6:14 pm

    This looks SO MUCH FUN. Very much reminds me of a place near us where I went to as a child called Paradise park x

  16. paula cheadle
    July 23, 2018 / 9:44 pm

    look awesome place to visit

  17. Stevie
    July 24, 2018 / 10:47 am

    What a great day out. I’d like my niece to have this experience.

  18. lynn neal
    July 27, 2018 / 10:39 am

    We were lucky enough to visit this attraction with our grandchildren and we had a great time too!

  19. paula cheadle
    August 3, 2018 / 10:16 pm

    Definitely worth going

  20. Ashleigh Allan
    August 4, 2018 / 9:04 pm

    Wow looks great!

  21. paula cheadle
    August 4, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    looks like you all had a amazing time

  22. paula cheadle
    August 7, 2018 / 9:55 pm

    Looks like the all had a fab time

  23. paula cheadle
    August 7, 2018 / 9:56 pm

    Looks like the all had a fantastic time

  24. Sally Collingwood
    August 8, 2018 / 7:59 am

    Wow, looks like every little boy’s dream!

  25. sheri Darby
    August 8, 2018 / 4:34 pm

    This looks brilliant, my boys would love it

  26. paula cheadle
    August 11, 2018 / 9:23 pm

    love seeing your blogs

  27. Jess Berkeley
    August 12, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Oh yes! My son would love to go here! He’s Dino crazy!! Looks like there was a lot there to keep the kiddies happy and entertained aswell as the adults (which is always a bonus!)

  28. lisa bell
    August 12, 2018 / 11:44 am

    This looks amazing, my dino obsessed nephew would love this!

  29. MARIA ROGERS
    August 12, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    That looks like a very interesting place to go visit for all the Dino Fans out there!

  30. Jeanette Leighton
    August 12, 2018 / 12:39 pm

    This would be heaven for my daughter Sheriah…. She has just turned 6 and loves dinosaurs she knows all their names thanks to YouTube ?

  31. Rebecca Whatmore(@0zzyhog)
    August 16, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    This looks like a fun day out and educational too. My nephew would love this!

  32. Susan B
    August 18, 2018 / 7:18 am

    Gosh, look at those claws! The exhibition looks much better than I imagined. As always, thanks for the review and for including essential info such as prices and location.

  33. Jeanette Leighton
    August 18, 2018 / 12:51 pm

    Both my little ones love dinosaurs Sheriah 6 and Charlie 2

  34. Hayley Todd
    August 18, 2018 / 1:14 pm

    What an absolutely amazing experience! My daughter is also fascinated by dinosaurs and would love this experience!

  35. paula cheadle
    August 18, 2018 / 9:39 pm

    grandson loves watching Dinosaurs on the telly

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