Dinosaurs in the Wild – Review

T-Rex

Dinosaurs in the Wild has been on our days out wish list since it opened earlier this year and knowing it was closing at the end of the summer holidays (2nd September), we booked in to see it this week as a surprise for the kids.

Dinosaurs in the Wild is located on West Parkside on the Greenwich Peninsula, about a fifteen minute walk from North Greenwich tube station, so do factor this in when booking tickets.

Dinosaurs in the Wild

When you arrive you are invited to pop your bags and coats into a manned storage area  so you don’t have to lug them around and take a comfort break as the experience lasts just over an hour.

Each tour has a time slot and when it is time to leave, you have a photo taken by a green screen and then enter the Chronotex Departure Lounge.

Chronotex

The thing that really struck me from the moment we walked in and throughout the experience, was how believable everything seemed. There was the story of Chronotex on the walls and even a huge diagram of the time travel process.

Timebridge Technology

Once it is almost time to board, your host takes you through the safety procedures, which mostly involve telling us not to go outside, not to make eye contact with a dinosaur and that we have to wear our UV glasses when the shutters are opened.

CTP unit

We then boarded CTP Unit 01 which took us back in time 67 million years ago to Timebase 67.

CTP UNit One

We arrived back in time in mere seconds, with just a shake and a shudder and then had to make the short journey across the Cretaceous plains to the time base itself. It is here we first put on our UV glasses to admire some of the most awesome creatures ever to live as we headed towards the time base, with our guide pointing out all the different species of dinosaur – it really did feel like we were on a prehistoric safari.

Time Base 67

Once we disembarked, we headed into the base itself.

Directory

Again, the attention to detail was out of this world and our guide talked us through what would be happening on our tour of the base, as well as pointing out things in the room, which we were then allowed to inspect more closely.

TV Screens

The TV screens on one of the walls showed CCTV images of what was going on both in and outside the base, with nesting dinosaurs etc.

Dinosaur Sightings

Dotted around other walls were dinosaur sightings, a memorial to those that had lost their lives in the pursuit of time travel, company values and framed newspaper articles of their achievements.

The Beginning

It was then time to move into the main lab, where we got to learn lots of amazing facts about dinosaurs.

Labratory

The kids got really involved in the lab and were positively encouraged to touch and experiment with things, even plunging their hands into piles of dinosaur poo to discover more about their diet and finding out about prehistoric bugs on the computer.

Computer

They also got to see the effect of adrenalin on a huge alamosaurus heart.

Alamosaurus

Attached to the lab was the another lab where they were performing the autopsy of a pachycephalosaurus to try to find out how it died and we got to watch on the autopsy cam as she found an egg in the ovum and inspected the creatures brain.

pachycephalosaurus

It was then onto the hatchery, where we got to see dinosaur nests filled with eggs that were waiting to hatch and even got to meet a newly hatched dinosaur.

Hatchery

Of course, no research station would be able to do any work without live dinosaurs and we got to meet some nocturnal animatronic dinosaurs in a dark room, before heading back into the light to meet some more, safely behind a cage of course.

Triceratops

We were also given an insight into all the safety equipment that they use to protect themselves and the dinosaurs from harm.

Research Labs

TimeBase 67 saved the best for last as we jumped into a lift to The Lookout, at the very top of the base.

It is hugely impressive space and we were unsure which window to look out of first as they raised the shutters.

Window

The panoramic windows offer breath-taking views of the prehistoric life teeming on the Cretaceous plains outside but beware if you have sensitive children as they keep it as close to real life as possible. We were all cooing over a baby triceratops enjoying the lakeside views with its mum when a huge Kronosaurus leapt from the water and dragged it in. Its severed head then reappeared a couple of minutes later.

Triceratops

The kids thought it was great though and were completely unfazed by it, moving onto other windows to see raptors raising their feathers to scare off an allosaurus and a small group of T-Rex hunting down their prey.

Dinosaurs in the Wild

Uh Oh!! Something is amiss and the dinosaurs are unusually agitated, attacking one of the rovers outside the window. It is time to evacuate the look out, but not before being eyeballed by a very large – and very angry – T. rex!

T-Rex

It was an absolutely brilliant experience. The actors throughout were amazing and brought the whole experience to life.

Dinosaurs in the Wild is only open until Sunday 2nd September, so hurry, you only have a few more days to book. Tickets cost £29.50 for adults and £26 for children with under 3’s free. The ticket price is reduced to £23.95 per person when purchasing a family ticket.

Disclaimer: We were guests of Dinosaurs in the Wild for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 thoughts on “Dinosaurs in the Wild – Review

  1. Laura Dove says:

    Oh wow my kids would go crazy for this! I need to look into it!

  2. This looks like so much fun! A fab day out for the family.

  3. Rachel Evans says:

    This looks awesome – great that it’s so interactive. I went to a similar thing with the theme of space travel when I was younger and I still remember it. Great that they can store your coats and bags as well.

  4. What a fantastic review of the exhibition! I know my kids, especially my son who loves dinosaurs would love to experience this!

  5. This looks so cool and like so much fun! Jack has recently got back into dinosaurs big time so he’d love this!

  6. What an amazing visit with kids, I don’t know why this hasn’t come on to my radar at all, but now I really want to visit!

  7. I am a little obsessed with dinosaurs and this looks so cool. I’ve seen the adverts a lot and it’s good to know what it is now x

  8. Tanya says:

    I love how interactive and educational the whole experience is, looks like a lot of work has gone into it. It sounds like a great day out for both kids and adults
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  9. Oh wow – what an absolutely fantastic place! I would have loved to have visited. Kaz

  10. this looks really educational as well as good fun

  11. Emma says:

    Wow, this sounds amazing!! I’m so gutted we missed it!

  12. Laura says:

    Oh wow how cool is this exhibition! My boys love Dinosaurs and this whole things looks both fascinating, educational and fun and I know they would enjoy it loads

    Laura x

  13. Jenni says:

    This looks so good! I’m sure this was really busy through the summer holidays

  14. Hannah says:

    This looks very fun. My friends son would love this

  15. I’ve never seen anything like it! What an educational visit and amazing props!

  16. Kirsty says:

    It’s really cool that it is very hands on especially in the lab as kids get more engaged when they can interact. Plus the fact you can drop of your bags and know they are safe is easie! Glad you had fun

  17. I’m kinda obsessed with dinosaurs so even though I’m 27, I’m contemplating going!

  18. Katie says:

    I wish this was a thing when I was a kid, I was obsessed with Dinosaurs. Who am I kidding, I’d still go to this and have an amazing time as an adult!

    Katie xoxo

  19. Oh wow love stuff like this, it looks like an amazing day out. so interesting and a lot of fun x

  20. Kacie says:

    I can’t imagine how fun this would be for kids! I went to a dinosaur park when I was younger and I loved it.

  21. Joanna says:

    I have actually heard about this exhibition and seen photos from it on Instagram, from a couple of friends who visited. It does look a fantastic place to spend a day out with, with children or not 🙂

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