Six Of The Best Dinosaur Activities To Do In Sydney With Kids
Mums & Bubs
By: Marie Ashworth, ellaslist
Calling all Dino-fans! Is someone in your family madly collecting and swapping Woolworth’s Ancient Animal Cards to fill up their album? Is their toy cupboard overflowing with strange-looking scaly creatures? Do they go silent when an episode of ’Dinosaur Train’ comes on ABC Kids? For anyone with a child who is fascinated by dinosaurs that roamed the world 65 million years ago, take a look at these fantastic dinosaur activities to do with kids and wait for the roars of excitement!
1. Dinosaurs Exhibition At The Australian Museum, Sydney
For a dino-lover of any age, top of the must-do list has to be the superb Dinosaurs exhibition at the Australian Museum. A huge space on Level 2 houses over 10 complete dinosaur skeletons and 8 life-sized models. There are heaps of interactive displays to get kids watching, listening, playing and learning about every aspect of these ancient species. A favourite display of ours is the floor-to-ceiling projection showing a encounter between a small herbivorous dinosaur and two hungry carnivores at a watering hole. It’s massive, it’s loud and every child (and adult) is engrossed. Just make sure your little ones are close by as they might find it a bit scary. Don’t forget, kids under 16 years are FREE entry into the Australian Museum!
The Dinosaurs Exhibition at The Australian Museum is open 9.30am to 5pm daily (except Christmas Day). Children under 16 year FREE. Adult entry $15 ($8 concession).
2. Coming Soon! Jurassic Seas at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
Currently under construction, the ‘Jurassic Seas experience’ at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium promises an interactive exploration into the eerie underwater world millions of years ago when pre-historic sea monsters prowled the oceans. Expect state-of-the art digital technology to bring ancient marine creatures, like the chambered nautilus, sponge and jellyfish, back to life.
Jurassic Seas opens on 1 December 2015 at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Tickets: Child 4-15yrs from $19.60 Adult from $28 Under 4s FREE
3. Go Fossil Hunting At The Northern Beaches
Recreate an Indiana Jones-esque adventure and set off to the headlands along the beautiful Northern Beaches for some fossil hunting fun. OK, so you’re unlikely to discover anything incredibly rare, probably a fern or horsetail, if you’re lucky a fish or amphibian, but the kids are going to love the thrill of the search. Turrimetta, Avalon and Warriewood beaches are the best bets for a fossil find. Make a day of it and pack your swimmers and a picnic.
4. Dinosnore Sleepover
It’s not cheap but this is special! Grab your torch and sleeping bag for a night next to the colossal Dinosaur exhibits in the Australian Museum’s huge hall. The Dinosnore Sleepover kicks off with yummy pizza, followed by a fun dino-inspired craft activity, a torch-lit tour, a movie and finally, once the excitement has worn off, some ZZZs.
Dinosnore Sleepover at The Australian Museum on Friday 26 February 2016. Suitable for children aged 5-12 years. Adult $180, Child $140 plus booking fees. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults are not permitted without a child.
5. Celebrate A Birthday Dino-Style
For a birthday they’ll never forget, let them roar and stomp their way around the Dinosaurs at the Australian Museum with their friends on the ‘Roars, claws and dinosaurs!’ birthday party package. As well as their own guided tour, the party includes making a clay fossil, party food and a party bag with hatching dinosaur.
Roars, Claws & Dinosaurs Birthday Parties at The Australian Museum are suitable for children aged 4-8 years. From $48 per child inclusive of catering for children only. Minimum 15, maximum 20 children. Minimum 2, maximum 5 adults required.
6. The National Dinosaur Museum, Canberra
OK, so it’s not in Sydney but The National Dinosaur Museum in Canberra is well worth the trip for any dinosaur fanatic. It’s home to Australia’s largest display of dinosaur and prehistoric exhibits. As you arrive at the museum, keep an eye on their faces as they catch sight of the huge, life-like fibreglass dinosaurs roaming the grass in front of the building. There are lots of fantastic interactive exhibits to inspire them to learn everything there is to know about dinosaurs but there’s no doubt the highlight will be the enormous animatronic models.
The National Dinosaur Museum is open 10am – 5pm, every day except Christmas Day. Adults: $15, Children: $9.90, Under 4: Free.
Got any other suggestions for places to go or things to do with your dinosaur-crazy kids? Tell us in the comments below.
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