Awesome Dinosaur Activities In Sydney

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Calling all Dino fans! Is someone in your family madly asking you questions about the Cretaceous Period? Is their toy cupboard overflowing with strange-looking scaly creatures? Do they go silent when an episode of ’Dinosaur Train’ comes on ABC Kids? Turns out being obsessed with dinosaurs means you're smart, so this is one fascination you might want to encourage. 

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!

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).

Please note: The Australian Museum is closed to the public until mid-2020 to enable a major renovation.

Mega Creatures At Hunter Valley Gardens

It's a bit of a drive but well worth it for budding paleontologists! Every Easter you can visit your favourite dinosaurs, dragons and creepy crawlies, including the giant T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Spinosaurus and more at Mega Creatures at the Hunter Valley Gardens! Plus they have their own Archaeological dinosaur fossil dig and the all-new Dino Mights performing live! All the dino details here.

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.

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 a yummy buffet followed by a fun dino-inspired craft activity, a torch-lit tour, a movie (Ice Age, of course!) and finally, once the excitement has worn off, some ZZZs. And a continental breakfast the next morning for all. Children also receive a goodybag to take home which includes a soapstone carving kit!

Dinosnore Sleepover is 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.

Please note: The Australian Museum is closed to the public until mid-2020 to enable a major renovation.

Celebrate A Birthday Dino-Style

For a birthday they’ll never forget, organise a dinosaur party with Fizzics Education. The experts will come to your house/venue and set up activities such as casting your own fossils and digging out replica dinosaur bones, building a replica a dinosaur skeleton, making dinosaur snot (ewww) and feeling replica dinosaur teeth, replica dinosaur eggs and replica dinosaur skin. These science-based parties have been designed by experienced science teachers to make sure that the balance of cool, fun and educational is just right. 

Find out more about Fizzics Education's Dinosaur themed parties here.

Erth's Dinosaur Zoo 

From cute baby dinos to some of the largest creatures to have ever walked the planet, see this awesome production where you'll feel like you're walking with dinosaurs. Erth's Dinosaur Zoo is returning to Sydney, this time in a new venue at the Sydney Opera House. It's a fun, educational and unique performance that will delight all audiences from ages 5 years and up.

Erth's Dinosaur Zoo is running from 28th September to 12 October, 2019. Tickets from $29.

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. If you don't want to pay the entry fee then you can hang around outside to see the huge, life-like fibreglass dinosaurs roaming the grass in front of the building. Inside you'll get access to lots of fantastic interactive exhibits to inspire kids 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. Family pass $45. Adults: $16 Children: $10.50, Under 4: Free.

More Animal Adventures In Sydney

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

The Australian Reptile Park

Hunter Valley Zoo


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Apr 18 2018

We have spent many hours hanging out with the large dinosaurs in the carpark of Kellyville Pets also.