We are currently the owners of one dinosaur-mad toddler. This child lives and breathes prehistoric with books, toys and endless viewing of Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures.
I therefore thought I would share with you five places we have found within an hours drive of the farm in Warrington because, let’s face it, we can’t leave the animals for much longer.
Jurrasic Cove Crazy Golf at Bents Garden and Home.
This is the closest to us and both the bigger children love seeing the dinosaurs. You can actually see them from the outdoor play area and there is also a viewing platform in the garden centre but it is also a nine-hole crazy golf attraction at quite a reasonable price. There is a also a dinosaur themed gift shop which G loves and the large, life-sized animatronic dinosaurs actually move and make noises which is just the best thing for children and really sparks their imaginations.
2. The Lost World at Gulliver’s Theme Park, Warrington. We visited Gulliver’s World in May half term and, no knowing anything about it, we were really excited to find the Lost World-a whole section of the theme park dedicated to dinosaurs. There was a tree-top walk way which got you up, close and personal with life-sized dinosaur models, themed rides, themed dint-play areas and even a fossil dig. We were impressed with Gullivers in general but were really happy that such a great dinosaur attraction is right on our doorstep.
3. Stan the T-Rex at the Manchester Museum. There is a lot more to the Manchester Museum than dinosaurs but, for the dinosaur mad, it is Stan, the life-size T-Rex skeleton replica which is the star attraction.
*Photo thanks to Expression and Confession Blog.
4. World Museum, Liverpool Dinosaur Gallery. Like the Manchester Museum, the World Museum in Liverpool has many things to see and do but, for the dinosaur-mad, highlights of the dinosaur gallery include a full sized cast of a Megalosaurus skeleton, an Oviraptor egg fossilised reptile footprints and Ice Age mammal bones.
5. My last place is a bit tenuous really but, for the purposes of a two year old boy, it really does fit the bill. The small village of Lymm has a so-called dinosaur footprint on the main shopping street. More investigation proved to demonstrate that the footprint is of a large reptile called a chirotherium but it is dinosaur enough for my dino-mad boy and that’s good enough for me.
What do you think? Have you been to any of these attractions or do you have more suggestions to add to my list? I would love to hear your thoughts.