Wednesday 6 January 2016

Going on a Dorset Dinosaur Adventure

Elliot is dinosaur mad! The majority of his toys are dinosaur related, he sleeps under a dinosaur duvet, he has a whole book case dedicated to dinosaur books, he idolises Andy Day and I have lost track of how many times we have watched Andy's Dinosaur Adventures!

So where do you take a dinosaur mad 3 year old on a rainy day? The Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester of course! 

The Dinosaur Museum is the only museum in the UK dedicated solely to dinosaurs, makes sense really being that Dorset is well known for it's Jurassic Coastline . The museum has been opened since 1984 and promises a hands-on experience. Something that is very important for an inquisitive toddler! 

When Elliot found out we were going to the Dinosaur Museum he was really excited and when we arrived and spotted two giant dinosaurs outside, he was literally bouncing along the pavement! 

Admission is quite reasonable, we paid less than £20 for two adults and one child but it's worth checking the website as they have money off vouchers and different offers which include other museums in Dorchester. 

The museum looks really small from the outside but it's actually surprising how much is inside, including some life size reconstructions! There are different rooms featuring lots of interesting facts, interactive displays, dinosaur bones and much more. We were given a quiz on the way in too which encouraged us to read all the displays! Obviously Elliot can't read yet but there was enough to keep his attention and he loved all the big dinosaur models.

I love the fact that the museum is very family friendly and hands on - I'd hate to visit somewhere and spend the whole time worrying about Elliot touching things he shouldn't! 

Our last stop of the afternoon was the gift shop and it was stocked full of dinosaur related goodies. Unlike some gift shops we have been to (looking at you Disney World!), everything was reasonably priced and most things were under a fiver which is perfect for pocket money spends. We really didn't need anymore dinosaurs at home so we bought Elliot a little pack of fossils and a mini magnifying glass which he had his eye on. I think he could be a little paleontologist in the making! He was also pleased as punch to receive a medal after completing the dinosaur quiz....with a little help from Daddy! 

The Dinosaur Museum is the perfect place to spend a couple of hours on a rainy Sunday afternoon and I'm sure it won't be the last time we visit! 

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  1. What a lovely day out! You all had good fun hanging out with dinosaurs, lol. My kids would love this too... need to visit this place at some point. Lovely post! #bestandworst

  2. A dinosaur museum! I had no idea there was one! Will definitely pay it a visit if i am ever in that part of the world. #BestandWorst

  3. Elliott looks so chuffed to be there. It's very clear he loves dinosaurs; it's almost like this place was made for him! It sounds like a brilliant day out. I love the fact you get a little medal, too, that's a fun little touch.
    Can you get an annual pass?

    Thanks for linking up with #dayoutwithatoddler

  4. Oh my goodness! My guys would LOVE this place! Unfortunatly Dorset is around a days travel away form us, so it definitely wont be somewhere we visit on a day trip :(

    Thanks for linking up to #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

  5. This looks ace! Wish was closer. We saw some amazing dinosaur skeletons in an Edinburgh museum this weekend that were fascinating! It looks like Elliot had so much fun and perfect for his age. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst xx

  6. Oh what fun! My dinosaur lover would be thrilled! Looks like a fun day was had by all. #MMWBH

  7. Oh my son would absolutely love this he is getting so into dinosaurs. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me blog hop. I hope to see you again this week for another great round. #sharewithme

  8. This place looks IMMENSE! Something I would love to go to nevermind the kids!! Thanks so much for linking up with the Mad Mid Week Blog Hop. I hope to see you again tomorrow! #MMWBH


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