Today we travelled through time to the Cretaceous period, 67 million years ago, and experienced dinosaurs like never before. Our kids were totally immersed in the experience- a 6 year-old and two 9 year-olds, of which one of them said ‘I know it isn’t real but I have been through every emotion imaginable!’
I have already told lots of our friends and as I type they have already booked! We were kindly given tickets to review, here is what we thought, just in case you haven't already realised that we loveld it!
Dinosaurs in the Wild
The attention to detail here is amazing, from the beginning when you get prepped for time travel right through to the dramatic exit, I just want to write about every little exciting detail, but don’t worry, I won’t, as it wouldn’t be fair.
If you have ever been to an immersive theatre experience and can let yourself get into the zone, as an adult you will have lots of fun too, for me the whole show was amazing but what was truly special was the reaction of our kids, they were buzzing right from queuing at the gate before departure- yes it really is set up like you are off on a time-travel adventure with boarding gates.
The guides were brilliant too- patient, funny and great actors, our son thought so too, he promptly went up to our guide at the end and congratulated him on his acting ability!
So here’s the story: Chronotex Enterprises invented time travel a few years back and runs Dinosaurs in the Wild tours to TimeBase67, a scientific research station built in the late Cretaceous period. When you arrive in your time machine and, after being driven across the Cretaceous plains dotted with ‘real’ dinosaurs in their natural environment, you are taken deep underground to the research labs and see eggs hatching, possibly a dino autopsy, some caged dinos, feel dino poo, the boys held a ‘real’ T Rex tooth and more, before finishing at the top of the centre in the viewing gallery. This is an experience in itself where you can view dinosaurs close by. And that is all I am going to say!
This was a memorable day for us all, and far exceeded our expectations. It’s definitely worth a visit if you have young children with an interest in dinosaurs. It’s fun, it’s educational, it’s scary, it’s emotional, it’s a bit sad, it’s just wow!
Looks like someone has escaped! Run kids run...
Dinosaurs in the Wild website: dinosaursinthewild.com
There is a small café in the building for refreshments and we found a fab vegetarian café just four mins walk. Turn right out of the Dino building and walk straight for 100 yards, cross the road and you will find it on the left – Café Pura, they make a mean coffee and some wonderful veggie snacks. It was delicious. Further afield the Greenwich Peninsular has lots of eateries and family-friendly attractions for a day out of fun for all the family.
What age do we think it is suitable for:
5 and up – although be mindful that there are some intense moments, at one point you are crouching in a dark corridor, there is an autopsy and dinosaurs are seen in their natural habitat where they do hunt for food, being other dinos.
When is it:
Dinosaurs in the Wild is running from now until 31stJuly 2018
Where is it:
Located by the O2 in London in the Greenwich Peninsula
we drove and parked in car park 1 postcode SE10 ODX – 5 min walk – just follow the dino steps
nearest tube: North Greenwich 10 min walk
How much is it:
It’s not the cheapest experience out there, but we think it should be thought of on par with other theatre experiences and taking this into consideration the price tag isn’t too bad. The show lasts about 70 minutes
We have found Groupon offers with 30% discount at time of writing
Online direct prices:
ADULT ADMISSION £25.00 (£25.00)
CHILD ADMISSION (AGE 3 TO 15) £22.00 (£22.00)
FAMILY ADMISSION (2 ADULTS + 2 CHILDREN) £21.25 (£21.25)
GROUP ADMISSION £18.00 (£18.00)
ADULT - WHEELCHAIR ACCESS £25.00 (£25.00)
CHILD - WHEELCHAIR ACCESS £22.00 (£22.00)
ADULT - DISABLED ACCESS - OFF PEAK £25.00 (£25.00)
CHILD - DISABLED ACCESS - OFF PEAK £22.00 (£22.00)
ADULT ADMISSION £29.50 (£29.50)
CHILD ADMISSION (AGE 3 TO 15) £26.00 (£26.00)
FAMILY ADMISSION (2 ADULTS + 2 CHILDREN) £23.75 (£23.75)
GROUP ADMISSION £18.00 (£18.00)
ADULT - WHEELCHAIR ACCESS £29.50 (£29.50)
CHILD - WHEELCHAIR ACCESS £26.00 (£26.00)
ADULT - DISABLED ACCESS - PEAK £29.50 (£29.50)
CHILD - DISABLED ACCESS - PEAK £26.00 (£26.00)