Showing posts with label dinosaurs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dinosaurs. Show all posts

Monday, 26 February 2018

Dinosaurs in the Wild Review

If you have children that love dinosaurs, then you may have seen that Dinosaurs in the Wild has arrived at London Greenwich and it offers an interactive experience to see 'real' dinosaurs up close.  The boys and I visited in half term and it was one of our highlights of the week.

The Dinosaurs in the Wild experience is close to Greenwich tube station and a short walk from the O2 arena and it was easy to find thanks to plenty of signposts starting in the tube station.  You are split into small groups as you enter which are the perfect size to mean you are never queueing or stuck behind someone too tall.  You enter a time travel machine and are transported back 67 million years to a time when Tyrannosaurus Rex and Ankylosaurus ruled the earth.  

Dinosaurs in the wild, London Dinosaur experience,

It is a fast paced show which sees you spending between 5 and 10 minutes in each room and with a 4 year old that doesn't have the longest concentration span I found this ideal.  We never got bored or impatient for the next part, but we had enough time to properly explore where we were before being ushered into the next room.  The boys got to handle dinosaur poo (through gloves), take a look at a t-rex arm, watch eggs hatching with tiny triceratops inside and learned about how dinosaurs laid the eggs and how they looked after their babies.  Everything was interactive and fun and accesible on every level so that the adults took away as much as the children.  

Dinosaurs in the wild, London Dinosaur experience,

After the Dinosaurs in the Wild show we got to chat to the men behind it all including the paleontologist Darren Naish who ensured everything stayed factually correct.  Children may not spot their favourite dinosaurs featured because the dinosaur period was so long, they may not have co-existed at this time.  The information is all based on their knowledge of which animals lived where and when and how they lived together.  There are no cartoon green dinosaurs, but instead they have the specs and patterns that were most likely true.  We spoke to Tim Haines too who created the award winning series 'Walking with Dinosaurs' and was the creative director behind this project.  He told us how he wanted to make something that wasn't just for children but something that would entertain all ages and he definitely succeeded.

Dinosaurs in the wild, London Dinosaur experience,

At the end, we were taken up to the lookout tower which was a big room with four giant windows.  With our 3D glasses on we could see the dinosaurs moving around us and everything up to this point was so convincing for my boys that when the T-rex started to come towards us they did get scared.  The experience is so real but the staff were brilliant at looking after the children and making sure they were reassured.  As the experience finished our group was taken back up to the time machine to head back to 2018 and the gift shop.

Dinosaurs in the wild, London Dinosaur experience,

The Dinosaurs in the wild experience isn't cheap considering it was around 70 minutes long and the gift shop was equally as expensive.  It was fantastic though, and I would highly recommend visiting, especially if you can go off peak.  We had an amazing time and I would consider going back and taking Finn as well as at 3 I think the pace would suit him (It is open until 31st July so this may well happen).  All three of us learned a lot and came out smiling.  The boys have talked about it lots since and have asked to revisit.  

Dinosaurs in the wild, London Dinosaur experience,

We were given complimentary tickets to the experience
 but all thoughts and opinions are completely my own.
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Sunday, 20 March 2016

First Birthday Box from My Baby's 1st

Finn turned one last month and having two older brothers made it very difficult to buy for him. As the boys are so close in age, there was never really a stage between them where we threw out toys they had outgrown and so everything Finn could possibly want or need, we seem to already have.  With that in mind, his birthday gifts were more token things, something to help his brothers understand that it was his special day, something for him to open and something that is all his, not handed down.

My Baby's 1st got in touch and offered us a First Birthday Box and it was the perfect gift for our little guy.  It contained some awesome leggings, a co-ordinated bib and a sweet little knitted dinosaur toy to follow the theme.  

Finn may not be particularly ahead in many areas, but if there is one way in which he excels, it is his roaring.  Show this kid a dinosaur and he immediately recognises it and roars back so you can imagine how much of a hit his new leggings and toy were!  Our house has been taken over by dinosaur things since the boys started showing a preference for toys and Finn is fitting in well by starting the interest in them so early!

For £25 you get a pair of Blade and Rose leggings and one of their bibs and a toy all beautifully wrapped in a box that is perfect for saving and storing first birthday cards or other keepsakes in.  We have had leggings from this brand before and they are one of our favourites, wonderfully stretchy, brilliantly bright and with a print on the bum that really stands out (especially if they have a big cloth bum underneath!)

My Baby's 1st have a great variety of gift boxes for all occasions from a new baby to a toddler's birthday, their bamboo gift set is gorgeous and a great present for an expectant mother.  I really love our box and it made a perfect gift for our baby boy's birthday.

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Friday, 26 June 2015

What the Boys Wore - National History Museum Dinosaurs

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You may have noticed that a lot of my photos recently are taken on my bed.  I much prefer photographing the boys outside, where I can use the natural light and capture them in motion, but it is proving rather difficult at the moment.  Somehow the sun seems to bring out the messy side of a certain mop headed blondie and when you add in a baby with reflux and therefore several outfit changes per day, things get harder.

For this reason, I often take the photos first thing in the morning, after I have got them all dressed for the day, and before they have been anywhere near paint/glue/food/drink/mud.  It can work well as we have big bay windows in our bedroom, but it does mean you catch that early morning energy which my camera can't always keep up with.
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