The dinosaurs are alive... no they are not... yes they are!! The basis of the argument from the back of the car en-route to National Forest Adventure Farm. 'Just wait and see, and then we will know..' A few minutes into our visit we would soon know... a Raptor was out having his walk... S and little J (S's friend) were mesmerised. J was speechless until she saw the legs but as she was impressed she kept her mouth shut! Little J was a little apprehensive after the guide warned him that the dinosaur liked the animal food he was carrying...
The farm has timetabled events going on all day long so we could plan what we wanted to do. One of the main sessions was the Dinosaur Training show (12pm and 4pm) where the kids get to touch the dinosaur, pose with it and learn some basic skills about the dinosaur following them.
S was in her element again. In complete awe of the Raptor. After all she likes all dinosaurs with sharp teeth! Strange child.
After the training session we had our picnic... its not everyday a dinosaur is roaming around a picnic area.
Another one of the dinosaur themed activities was the 'panning for fossils'. This activity is £2 extra per go. Each child gets a bag full of sand with fossils, gems and stone hidden within it.
Once they have emptied it into the sieve they then need to shake it in the water to show the fossils and gems.
Once they had found their hidden fossils they could then look them up. Each child had a sharp tooth, fossils and a few gems which they could look up on big charts dotted around the activity.
Raptor run was something J was very interested in doing. Proving extremely popular too. The aim of the game is to run around a part of the maize maze to finds the dinosaur nest and pinch an egg with out the dinosaur seeing all within a 1 minute time frame. We didn't make it within the minute due to little legs and going the long way around, however we did find a nest before leaving, and the dinosaur kindly let us past.
This activity only runs at 1pm and 3pm, and is a limited number activity. Once 15 minutes is up, its time over for the activity so would recommend arriving early for this activity.
The group also spent ages pretending to be paleontologists brushing and digging sand to reveal dinosaur bones.
The last dinosaur themed activity of the day was the maize maze. Last year we did the full size maze and it took us along time as we got lost so we decided as the weather was a little on the wet side we would do the smaller maize maze.
The kids had to collect 6 stamps along the route to claim a lolly and a sticker at the end. We managed to complete it within 10 minutes.
After completing the dinosaur themed activities which are only on for the summer we then had time to enjoy the rest of the farm with the usual activities...
Electric quad bikes (£1 a go)
Milking the cow
and feeding the animals...
It was then time for the mummies to get a nice hot brew whilst watching the kids burn off even more energy in the large outdoor play area.
The result... three tired but very happy children. What a great an unusual day out, perfect for dinosaur crazy little ones, and even J whom didn't want to leave the house this morning!
*We were given complimentary tickets to review our experience. All words, photos and opinions are my own.