It is officially time to make the mad scramble to find the #familyfun for the summertime. Libraries, museums and movies are all good, but the activities I’m referring to are the ones that make you pack a bag and whisk your kids away! This type of spontaneous summer urge I had, several weeks ago, leads me to my first A Mom’s Travel Guide Hot Pick: The Dinosaur Place in Montville, CT!
With all the hype about Jurassic World I thought it would be fun to give Nathanael the little-kid, PG-rated, version of this crazy popular summer action flick. So, what’s the first thing a great movie does?
It starts off with a big beginning scene, LIKE THIS…
Way Cool, huh? This T-Rex greets you as you drive up to the place, so right from the start the kids are jumping up and down in their seats. My advice is to arrive early. We arrived when the park opened and we were second in line to get in. Since there is so much to do here, I have broken down our day’s activities, below.
The Dinosaur Trails:
Another great element to a blockbuster is location, location, location! With Jurassic World set off the coast of Costa Rica, this park has found its home off the coast of Connecticut. Their “backdrop crew” have created a scene that brings you back in time with a prehistoric pond and a Volcano – yes, a volcano! This bad boy erupts with stream and sprays water on the top of every hour. The initial eruption is a little loud and could be scary for some little ones, but it is as equally impressive to watch from afar if your kids don’t want to come up too close. But if they do, it’s really neat to get hit with the spray!
Now, it’s on to the storyline. The trails are a nice walk in the wooded area and, they were well-marked and – whoa, watch out – DINOSAURS?! These true-to-scale creatures look so real and made quite the photo-op with our #DinoSelfies!
I had taken Nathanael here several years ago and all though he also loved the dinosaurs then, this time around he was able to be more involved with the educational part of the trail and interact more by being the keeper of the park map.
What kid doesn’t like a splash pad? Now picture one with dinosaurs watching over you – bonus! This was a perfect way to cool down after heating up on the trails. They also have bathrooms, a snack bar and towels for sale if you forgot yours at home. The staff was very attentive, friendly and instilled safety at all times.
The storyline plot thickened when I had forgotten our towels, but I thought after his time in the splash pad, Nathanael could just dry off (and stay cool) at the play scape located right next door. There are several types of play areas for different age groups. The playground also had a rope climber area and, of-course, a dinosaur. But not just any dinosaur, it’s the biggest one of the park!
The Brachiosaurus, located on the Monty Playground, is not only a great playground feature, it also acts as an excellent reference point for visitors within the park with its life-size height measuring at 40 feet tall!
Other Cool Features:
Yes, there is more! A bounce house is located at the beginning of the park before the start off for the trails. You can also cool yourself down with an ice cream scoop at the dessert parlor in the front of the park. Nathanael and I did just that. We were then able to have our end-of-the-day snack under the shade of the trees overlooking the park. End scene.
Now here’s the amazing part, everyone –there is a sequel?! This was just the outside of the park. There is a whole other part inside called Dinosaur Depot! We have yet to venture there, but when we do, I’ll let you know. I’m sure that Jurassic World is an amazing movie, full of top-notch special effects like its past predecessors of the 90s, but when it comes to some live action family awesomeness – I’m going to go with Dinosaur Place!
I love blogging about my travel adventures! Here are some more A Mom’s Travel Guide past blogposts that may spark a summer idea or two of your very own. Stay tuned for more hot picks this season and happy travels!
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Originally published on 7/1/2015
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