Zoorassic - Werribee Zoo - Melbourne - Review

These school holidays and until the 14th of July 2019, kids can walk with dinosaurs at Werribee Open Range Zoo. Follow the Werribee River Trail to find 12 life-size dinosaurs including the Tyrannosaurs rex, Stegosaurus and more! Kate took her little dino lovers to Werribee Zoo to checkout this great school holiday activity and had an amazing day there! Thanks Kate for the great photos x Catherine

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Dinosaur fans will love the realistic creatures brought to life through animatronics! Zoo rangers will be observing behaviours, taking notes and helping you interpret the unique movements and sounds of these prehistoric creatures!

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

How amazing is this life-size T-Rex in contrast to Kate’s little one!

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

There’s plenty of dinosaurs around the Werribee Zoo to choose a favourite or two! For extra dino fun, don’t miss the fossil digs that take place each day in the Dino Ranger research tent.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Zoorassic at Werribee Zoo is on from the 6th of April to the 14th of July 2019 from 9.00am to 4.30pm daily.

Dinopark at Melbourne Zoo is also on from the 6th of April to the 14th of July 2019 from 9.30am to 3.00pm daily. Be amazed this autumn as the dinosaurs take over Melbourne Zoo’s historic Carousel Park. The Zoo has teamed up with the creators at Erth Visual & Physical Inc to present Dino Park; a unique walk-through experience where you will see these prehistoric creatures come to life.

And don’t miss Megabeasts at Healesville Sanctuary also from 6th of April to the 14th of July 2019 from 9am to 5pm. A megafauna experience straight out of the ice age! Giant animals, called megafauna, once roamed the landscapes of Asia, Africa, Europe and North America more than 10,000 years ago. Don’t forget to visit the Nature Play Space area too if you’re visiting the Healesville Sanctuary. The Nature Play Space is nestled in the centre of the sanctuary with the new Pavilion Café and Reptile House just next door, our review here.

The experiences are included with Zoo entry. Kids under 16 visit FREE on weekends and school holidays. Members visit free every day.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Busy City Kids were not invited to experience Zoorassic at Werribee Zoo for the purpose of a review as it was a special Zoo Members sneak peak. Kate is a member of Zoos Victoria. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food was self funded.

For more information on Zoorassic and other Dinosaur events taking place at Zoos Victoria's three Zoos these holidays, head to their website.

Jurassic Creatures - St Kilda Triangle - Melbourne - Review

The dinosaurs have landed in Melbourne and Kate and her dino lovers checked out Jurassic Creatures at St Kilda on Monday and had a fantastic time checking out 30 dinosaurs onsite (some move, some don’t) but they are equally as impressive as each other! They also loved all the dino related activities offered during the event too. A great option for the school holidays. Checkout Kate’s review below and great pics as always. To follow Kate’s little ones adventures, head to their Insta @kateflatman. Thanks Kate x Catherine

Thanks to Andy Day and his fun-filled series Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures + Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures (not to mention a visit to the Natural History Museum while on holidays recently in London) the poppets are absolutely dinosaur obsessed.  So I knew a visit to the hugely popular Jurassic Creatures exhibition was going to be well received - and I was right!

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Jurassic Creatures, is an interactive walk through event that will captivate young and old alike.  The main attraction, the exhibition, allows you to explore a prehistoric world featuring over 30 life-size moving dinosaurs. Children will have fun identifying and posing for photographs with their favourite dinosaurs - or shrieking and running for cover when they let out a loud roar and move in their direction!

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Apart from the amazing animatronics show, little ones will love becoming a Paleontologist - complete with an expert digger uniform of white coat and protective glasses - as they chip away at their very own fossil using chisels and chipping hammers.  If you ask nicely, you might even get to unearth two! 

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Plus with many more dinosaur activities to take part in including sand art, fossil displays, inflatable activity lands and jumping castles, sideshow alley games, walking dinosaurs and the cutest electronic dinosaur ride - Jurassic Creatures offers a fantastic dinosaur experience for the whole family these school holidays.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Jurassic Creatures is currently held at St Kilda Triangle opposite Palais Theatre.

Our tips:

  • Jurassic Creatures is on now until 14th October with additional dates available

  • There are two sessions per day 10 am or 2 pm each last 3 hours

  • Tickets are as: Adult $31.56*, Children $31.56*, Under 2's FREE and Family (2 adults and 2 children) $99.44*.

  • The ticket gives you access to the interactive walk-through, fossil digging, paint with sand, 3D Jigsawland, Walking Dinosaurs and Jumping Castles. Additional side games and merchandise not included in ticket.

  • The event is pram and wheelchair accessible.

  • Limited food is available onsite.

  • Toilets onsite.

  • Various parking options and public transport options

For more information, head to the Jurassic Creatures' website.
Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Busy City Kids were invited to Jurassic Creatures for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food, travel and parking were self funded.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Jurassic Creatures in St Kilda - Melbourne - Info

Jurassic Creatures is coming back to Melbourne and its home in St Kilda will house over 30+ dinosaurs that will captivate young and old alike. Children will be able to explore a prehistoric world full of life like moving dinosaurs and be amazed and thrilled as the greatest creatures ever to walk the earth return before their eyes and come alive.

READ OUR CURRENT REVIEW HERE

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Apart from this amazing animatronics show, children will be able to become a Paleontologist for the day. Children will be provided with their expert digger outfit, and chip away at their very own fossil. Plus there will be many more dinosaur activities to take part in including dinosaur sand painting, dinosaur 3D Jig-saw Land,
fossil displays, dinosaur inflatable activity lands, dinosaur eggs to have photos in, walking dinosaurs and so much more.

Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Kel from Melbourne Minor visited Jurassic Creatures a few years back for Busy City Kids, head here for her review of the last event.

Jurassic Creatures will include:
• A spectacular dinosaur exhibition with realistic animatronics
• An Interactive Fossil digging area
• Dinosaur Sand painting
• 3D Jigsaw Land
• Dinosaur Inflatable Activity Lands
• Plus so many other dinosaur activities for the whole family

Jurassic Creatures will be open from Saturday 15th of September to Sunday 14th of October. Tickets are as follows: Adult $31.56, Children (2-12 years) $31.56, Kids Under 2 Free. Family pass (2 adults & 2 kids or 1 adult & 3 kids) $99.44. Two daily session 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. Each session runs for 3 hours. Location is at St Kilda Triangle (adjacent Palais Theatre). 

For more information on Jurassic Creatures or to book tickets, head to their website.

Checkout our social media channels Facebook and Instagram for an upcoming Jurassic Creatures giveaway.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

National Dinosaur Museum - Canberra - Review

Kids love dinosaurs and our kids are no different! So we had to bring them to the National Dinosaur Museum in Canberra on our last visit to get their dino fix!

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

And that they did! There were dinosaurs at every angle possible, from the minute you arrive and walk around the front of the museum or once you go inside. Those guys are everywhere!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

If you don’t have time to visit the Museum and want a quick thing to do, checkout the dinosaurs outside as it is FREE for anyone to walk there. Kids can take happy snaps with their dino friends! 

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Once you are inside and you make your way upstairs, you realise that a lot of work has gone into putting the museum together, from real dinosaur skeletons, dinosaur statues, artefacts, dinosaur animatronics to fossils not available anywhere else in the world - it is packed for dinosaur lovers. And if you spend the time reading the information, the family will learn a great deal about those fascinating creatures.

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

After the visit upstairs, kids can have a play in the small kids area downstairs where they can take photos in dinosaur eggs, help create large dinosaur puzzles, colour in and touch stones and gems. 

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

We did enjoy our visit, a great deal of information to take in and lots of dinosaurs to look at which was great and kept little Miss and Mister interested for some time. Little Mister was scared of the animated dinosaurs though but kept walking around to avoid them so be mindful young children might be afraid.

The museum is smaller than we expected and in need of some repairs in parts as some exhibits were broken. The shop downstairs is quite extensive with a large range of fossils, minerals, stones, geodes and more so overall a good experience.

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Our tips:

  • The National Dinosaur Museum is located in Gold Creek Village in Canberra. 
  • The Museum is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm. 
  • Ticket prices are as follows: Adults $16, Children $9.90, Concession $12, Kids under 4 are free and a Family ticket is $45 (extra child $5).
  • Parking is free outside the Museum.
  • There are toilets inside including a parents room.
  • There is no café onsite.
  • The place is pram friendly but it might be easier to leave the pram in the car in you have a carrier as the museum isn't very big. There are lifts to go to the first level though.
  • Head to the Museum with a thinking cap on and lots of time to take it all in.
  • Be mindful that young children may be scared of the animated dinosaurs.
For more information on the National Dinosaur Museum, head to their website.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Canberra, head to our blog or our Canberra daily spots lists.

Great Melbourne spots for Dinosaur lovers

There's something about dinosaurs that make little ones roar with excitement! Little Miss loves an outing which features dinosaurs and we thought your little ones would too!

1. The 'Dinosaur Walk' exhibition at Melbourne Museum is a permanent exhibition showcasing large dinosaur skeletons.

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

To see a virtual representation of the 'Dinosaur Walk', go to the Museum's virtual page.
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Photo credit: @busycitykids

There are also two moving dinosaurs (animatronics) in the section on the right as you walk in the area of the 'Dinosaur Walk' where you'll see fossils and the like. A video of dinosaurs also plays frequently in the little section on the right of the dinosaur walk.

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

2. The McNish Reserve Dinosaur Playground aka Mimi the Muttaburrasaurus is located on Court Street in Yarraville. Little ones can climb into the belly of the dinosaur and roar through its mouth and slide down the inside of its tail as well as hide inside a dinosaur egg and climb little nets. This playground is a bit limiting as the dinosaur is the only feature there apart from newly installed dinosaur bouncers but is nonetheless a cute dinosaur spot for little ones.

Photo credit: Big Fish Design

Photo credit: Big Fish Design

3. The Portasaurus aka Garden City Reserve is located in the corner section bordered by Beacon Road, Crichton Avenue and Tucker Avenue in Port Melbourne. Technically it's a dragon but we will claim as a dinosaur like creature! The main structure includes a slide, a rock climbing wall, bench seating, peek-a-boo holes and a mosaic eye. The playground has features a flying fox, swings and slides and more.

Photo credit: City of Port Phillip

Photo credit: City of Port Phillip

4. Fitzroy Gardens playground is located off Clarendon Street in East Melbourne. The playground includes a cool dragon (which apparently we've been told glows in the dark!), a giraffe swing set and a sandpit with a nearby lake in the heart of the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens. Ok it's not a dinosaur either but why not, we love creatures at our house! Read our review and tips on the blog now.

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

5. The Megasaurus Playground is located on Newington Drive in Cranbourne East. The playground includes a flying fox covered by a huge 25m long ‘brontosaurus’ dinosaur frame, a 20m long dinosaur climbing frame incorporating climbing nets and a slide, a ‘pterodactyl’ basket swing with tactile steel feathers which form a ‘cubby house’ and a series of stegosaurus climbing plates with climbing holds that incorporate noise making elements.

Photo credit: Urban Edge Landscape Architects

Photo credit: Urban Edge Landscape Architects

Photo credit: Urban Edge Landscape Architects

Photo credit: Urban Edge Landscape Architects

There you have it, a few 'permanent' ideas for your little ones to enjoy Dinosaur spots around Melbourne. Be sure to keep an eye on our blog for any Dinosaur inspired events or exhibitions coming to Melbourne soon.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our WebsiteDaily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

For more playgrounds, go to our dedicated page.

Top 5 things to do at the Australian Museum - Sydney

The Australian Museum is always a great place for babies, toddlers, their parents and carers. There's always a new exhibition on that will tickle your little one's fancy, school holiday activities, free activities for under 5s during the week as well as weekday activities during term.

Here's our top 5 permanent things to do at the Australian Museum - enjoy!

KIDSPACE AREA

The Kidspace area is a museum for little ones to explore and investigate all day every day and is located on level 2. Free Educator-led activities now take place in the space. They are great for under 5s and are on weekdays from 2 to 3pm. 

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SEARCH AND DISCOVER AREA

The Search and Discover area on level 2 recently received a revamp and now has a NEW Megafauna display, a NEW setup where kids can relax and read some science books and more improvements coming soon.

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DINOSAURS GALLERY

The Dinosaurs Gallery is always a favourite place for little ones to explore, look at life size dinosaur skeletons, watch movies about them, uncover dinosaur bones and make their own dinosaur and colour them on screen. The gallery is open every day and is located on level 2.

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WILD PLANET

The Wild Planet gallery is the museum's latest gallery with more than 400 beasts of all shapes and sizes, gives children an impressive introduction to the concept of the Tree of Life. The gallery is open every day and is located on the ground floor.

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SURVIVING AUSTRALIA

There's always the Surviving Australia gallery which houses animals from our oceans, land and in between! There's a few areas where little ones are invited to touch at shells and animals throughout the exhibition. The gallery is open every day and is located on level 2.

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In addition to these great galleries, the Australian Museum has two programs for little ones every week - Tiny Tots (0 to 3 years every Friday 10:30 am to 11:30 am) and Mini Explorers (3 to 5 years every Thursday 10:30 am to 11:30 am). These operate for a small fee, include general museum admission and take place during school term.

Spaces are limited, so if you are interested it is best to book in advance. For more information regarding Tiny Tots and Mini Explorers - go to the museum's dedicated page.

For more ideas to do with the kids, head to our daily spots list.

For parents rooms including the museum's parents room, head to our parents rooms page.

For a working list of playgrounds around Sydney, head to our playgrounds page.

Australian Museum Spring School Holidays 2016 - Sydney

These Spring School Holidays, the Australian Museum will be hosting a range of exhibitions, activities and workshops to keep the kids busy and learning!

Join the Australian Museum these school holidays for a chance to make masks inspired by the Asaro Mud Men from Papua New Guinea in week 1 (September 24-30) and take part in the inaugural Dinosaur Festival in week 2 (October 1-9), which will see the galleries come to life with ground-thumping entertainment!

ASARO MUD MEN (Sep 24-30) Mask-making Viewing

Inhabitants of the Komunive village in Papua New Guinea are renowned for their fearsome clay headdresses (known as Holosa) and dramatic ritualised dance performances. Watch the visiting clay mask makers work and chat with them about their art. All ages. Dates: 25-30 September. Times: 10:15am performance, viewing 10:30am – 12:30pm & 1:30pm - 3:30pm Cost: Free for kids.

 Kids Mask Making Workshop

A great addition to your dress up box! Make your own mini mud mask from modelling clay to take home. Dates: 24-30 September. Ages 5 -12 years. Times: 10:15am performance and then workshop 10:30am – 3:30pm. Cost: $5 per child after general admission.

During the second week of the holidays, there will be a Dinosaur Festival held at the Australian Museum with lots of activities on for kids of all ages.

Photo credit: Australian Museum

Photo credit: Australian Museum

Palaeontology Club

Meet a palaeontologist, take part in Dino Trivia and prepare 75 million year-old Centrosaurus fossils. Think you know everything about dinosaurs? Think again! Learn about Australian fossil discoveries in this thrilling in-depth workshop that provides unprecedented access beyond the scenes. Ages: 4-7 Dates: 4, 7, 8 October. Times: 10:30am – 12:00pm. Ages 8-13. Dates: 4, 7, 8 October Times: 1:30pm – 3:00pm. Cost: $25 General Public, $15 Member. Only 15 kids per workshop, bookings essential.

Dinosaur Diorama Craft

Get creative and make your very own Dinosaur diorama. Turn a simple box into a miniature world and travel back to a time when Dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Limited to age 5+ years. Dates 1 – 9 October. Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm, daily. Cost $5 per child (after general admission).

Jurassic Joe Dinosaur Show

A fun-filled musical ride through the amazing world of prehistoric reptiles that gets the whole family singing, dancing, laughing and learning. Dates: 4, 5, 6, 7 October. Times: 10:30am, 12:00pm. Cost: $8 per child after general admission.

Photo credit: Australian Museum

Photo credit: Australian Museum

Scientist for a day: Secrets of the Earth - Discovering Dinosaurs

Welcome to a day of monstrous fun! Bite into the greatest Dinosaur discoveries and learn how palaeontologists uncover the secrets of Earth. Put your fossil-finding skills to the test as we dig up the wonders resting below us and discover our very own finds. Limited to children aged 8-12 years. When: 5 & 6 October. Time: 9am – 3pm. Cost $110 AM Member; $135 non-Member.

While you're there, checkout the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year (AGNPY) exhibition. The best photography showcasing our region comes to Sydney for the first time. More than 100 inspiring images from professional, emerging and junior photographers are on display. More info here.
Bookings essential, for more information and to book any of the mentioned school holiday activities, visit australianmuseum.net.au or phone (02) 9320 6389.

Jurassic Dinosaur Disco at Melbourne Museum - Review

Melbourne contributor Kate @kateflatman took her little ones to a disco last weekend but not any ordinary disco - a Jurassic Dinosaur Disco! The Melbourne Museum has been running a Dino disco over the last two Saturdays where little ones and their parents have boogied on the dance floor and checked out the Jurassic World: The Exhibition. The disco's last session is on this Saturday 20th of August so be quick to book your tickets (details below)! Thank you Kate for the review and pics!

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It's Saturday night and I am heading to a disco with my two year old twins.  For many this would seem to be a very strange situation but following the latest craze that has seen the hottest trending nightclubs across the world transformed into child-proof discos for toddlers, pre-schoolers and parents, Melbourne Museum has launched its own unique experience for families with Jurassic Dinosaur Disco. I mean, who wouldn't be excited?!?

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Arriving at Melbourne Museum we instantly hear disco greats playing as we are decked out with glow sticks by the Jurassic Dinosaur Disco crew and ushered down the escalators into the dance hall. The dance floor is already filled with little dinosaurs who are energetically dancing to the tunes courtesy of the guest DJ. Coloured LED and UV lighting set the space for a real party atmosphere and I even spotted a disco ball hanging above the centre of the dance floor.  

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Many of the little disco goers have come dressed in their favourite dinosaur costume, much to the amusement of Arlo who enjoyed chasing several dinosaur tails around the dance floor!  Disco DJ Dino Dave is on the dance floor ready to teach the crowd some new dinosaur disco moves.  Dressed in a green spiked dinosaur hat, black leather jacket, red bell-bottoms and sparkly silver shoes, Dave certainly stood out amongst the crowd. 

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While Macy stayed on the dance floor with Grandma to learn some new moves, Arlo joined Grandpa and I to visit the residents of Jurassic World: The Exhibition.  I wasn’t too sure how Arlo would go in the exhibition (seeing that he is only 21 months old) but he was absolutely fine. There were a few moments that he got a little bit scared and wanted to give me a cuddle but he quickly turned back to wave and say hello to the lifelike dinosaurs.  I think I was more scared having a rare up-close look at the most vicious dinosaur of them all, Tyrannosaurus Rex! Ahhh! Jurassic World: The Exhibition is well worth visiting if you have a budding palaeontologist or dinosaur lover and it's definitely a bonus to experience it after dark included with your Jurassic Dinosaur Disco admission ticket.

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After hitting the dance floor for one last boogie, (including our best John Travolta impersonation from Saturday Night Fever!) we shuffled our two tired little dinosaurs back up the escalators, giving Disco DJ Dino Dave several high fives on the way out. Jurassic Dinosaur Disco is a fantastic night out for the whole family and we cannot recommend it highly enough.  

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Our tips:

  • Book tickets online to make sure you don’t miss out. The last disco is this Saturday 20th August.
  • The exhibition sessions must be booked between 6-7pm, with the last entry at 7pm.
  • Parking underneath Melbourne Museum is $7 flat rate with entry after 4pm. 
  • There is a café/kiosk open adjacent to the exhibition, serving light snacks and beverages until 8pm.
  • If your little one isn’t interested in dressing up, the museum and exhibition gift shops have a fantastic selection of dinosaur toys and merchandise for sale. Miss Macy loved bopping along with her blue and purple dinosaur plush toy by her side.
For more info and to book tickets, head to the Melbourne Museum's dedicated website.

Melbourne Museum - Jurassic Dinosaur Disco & Giveaway

This August, break some Jurassic moves with family and friends at the Jurassic Dinosaur Disco at the Melbourne Museum. 

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The Museum's guest DJ will whip up a dinosaur frenzy playing all the dinosaur song favourites mixed in with disco greats. Everyone can dress up and learn how to move like different types of dinosaurs, and then build up their new moves to great heights in a disco fever!

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Kids can see how their prehistoric impressions compare with the residents of Jurassic World: The Exhibition; it’s the closest they’ll ever get to living dinosaurs! Exhibition session times must be booked and run from 6 to 7pm, but the disco is open all night! Tickets start at $22 and include entry to the exhibition and entry to the Jurassic Dinosaur Disco. The evening is family friendly, runs from 6pm to 8pm and best suited for ages 5 - 10 years.

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For more information, checkout the Jurassic Dinosaur Disco's website. Or for our review of the Jurassic World exhibition, go to our dedicated page.
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To celebrate, we are giving away 2 x family passes to Jurassic Dinosaur Disco to two of our lucky newsletter subscribers! Each family pass includes 4 tickets and the winner can pick the Saturday night of their choice either the 6th, 13th, 20th of August. To enter, make sure you are subscribed and let us know what day in the comments would suit you best. Entries open to VIC residents only and close Tuesday 2nd of August 5PM AEST. 

Jurassic World: The Exhibition - the review by Melbourne Minor

Little Miss and I are looking forward to checking out the Jurassic World: The Exhibition at the Melbourne Museum when we head to Melbourne soon! Thanks to Rav and Harry the T Rex from Melbourne Minor for attending the world premiere for us and writing this awesome review - looks amazing and great to see Harry in his element! 

Jurassic World: The Exhibition opens tomorrow Saturday 19th of March and dinosaur fans are going to LOVE it!

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Melbourne Museum has brought to life not only dinosaurs from the film but also an interactive lab where you can conduct your own dino research.

The dinosaurs are amazingly lifelike with the T Rex sure to scare the pants off more than a few visitors! 

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As always, Harry the T Rex is here to help with some tips to enjoy the Exhibition.

Harry's Top Tips

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1. Book tickets in advance. This is the fastest selling exhibition in Melbourne Museum history!

2. Watch the movie before seeing the exhibition (or parts of, if you're worried about the kid's viewing) because it really does add to the experience.

3. Leave time to see the permanent dinosaur exhibition too, they go together to make a great day out.

4. We took the pram with no issue, the exhibition is fully accessible. Crowed sessions may take a little more manoeuvring.

5. The dinosaurs are big, loud and scary (just how we like them!) but won't be every little one's cup of tea. The exhibition is recommended for 6+ but Rav LOVED it and he's only 3. Judge based on the dino-fondness of each child. 

Tickets are on sale now via the Melbourne Museum website. The exhibition is on until the 2nd of October.

We'll be going to check it out again for sure, see you on the island! x Melbourne Minor

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Jurassic Creatures - the review by Melbourne Minor

Thanks Melbourne Minor for guest blogging for us today at the Jurassic Creatures feat. Prehistoric Creatures of the Ice. Looks like the minis and Harry the T Rex had a great time! For more details, go to the Jurassic Creatures' website.

Today was the day the dinosaurs arrived at Harbour Town for the Jurassic Creatures experience.

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You'll be needing a dinosaur expert to review this event so we took Harry the T Rex with us who checked everything out first thing this morning.

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The main tent is where the Dinosaur action is with the Dinosaur Train Show up the back, a jumping castle, carnival games and some interactive activities.

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There is a paleontologist dig, magic sand pit and dinosaur sand art. Harry liked the snow machine that was keeping all these critters cool. 

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The rides are just outside (behind the gift shop) and are all included in your ticket. The dinosaurs outside are your best bet for photo ops as you can get up closer and it's not dark.

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Harry's Top Tips

1. Visit the rides first to avoid lines.
2. Bring the umbrellas in poor weather, the event is undercover but the line to get in is out in the open.
3. Save time, get your tickets online.
4. For free parking visit on a Sunday when there is free 2hr street parking.

Harry's Warnings

1. This is a very loud and busy event, sensitive dino ranglers best steer clear.
2. The rides are outside so will be impacted by bad weather.
3. Long term dinosaur fans, like us, will recognise a lot of the entertainment from the school holidays shopping centre circuit. 
4. Carnival games are at an additional cost.
5. No Chris Pratt. At all.

Harry and his dinosaur crew really enjoyed their morning at Jurassic Creatures, it was a great way to prepare for the Jurassic World Exhibition at Melbourne Museum next week!

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Jurassic World: The Exhibition - Melbourne Museum

Jurassic World: The Exhibition isn't coming to Melbourne Museum till Saturday 19th of March but already it is causing a social media frenzy especially after a few Velociraptors were lost in Fed Square last week! 

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Jurassic World: The Exhibition allows guests to get closer to dinosaurs than ever before. The exhibition features encounters with realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs set in highly themed environments inspired by the film. Paleontologist Jack Horner, who served as a Paleontological Advisor on the Jurassic World film, is also working with the exhibition to infuse it with interactive educational elements, allowing guests of all ages to learn more about these incredible prehistoric creatures. 

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The dinosaurs are being developed by Creature Technology Company, renowned for producing the world’s most technologically sophisticated and realistic animatronics for arena spectaculars and stage shows, including those featured in the worldwide hit Walking with Dinosaurs. By seamlessly blending immersive education with theatrical settings, the exhibition represents the next generation of museum presentations.

Get closer to dinosaurs than ever before in Jurassic World: The Exhibition. Based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, the exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in scenes inspired by the beloved film. Now, the park that was only a promise comes to life.. right before your eyes!

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Jurassic World: The Exhibition will be at the Melbourne Museum from the 19th of March to 9th October 2016. Tickets range from $16-$90.

To celebrate the new Jurassic World: The Exhibition at the Melbourne Museum - we have ONE FAMILY PASS to give away! Entries open Tuesday 15th March and close this Friday 18th of March at 5PM AEST - good luck!

To enter you must follow these 3 steps (we will check):
1) Be a Busy City Kids email subscriber
2) Follow us on Instagram 
3) Write a quick comment below to validate your entry and let us know your Instagram account

Jurassic Creatures Harbour Town - Melbourne - 12th March to 17th April 2016

Jurassic Creatures will be hitting Harbour Town Melbourne these coming school holidays with the interactive walk through event Prehistoric Creatures of the Ice.

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The event will be full of roaring and moving dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures of the ice! Get up close to the most infamous prehistoric animals including colossal Mammoths, fearsome Saber Tooth Tigers and everyone’s favourite, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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Children can become a Paleontologist for the day as they will be provided with an expert digger outfit before chipping away to unearth their very own fossil.

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Meet Buddy & Tiny from Dinosaur Train and see them live in their very own stage show!

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The event includes:

  • A spectacular dinosaur display with animatronics
  • An interactive fossil digging area
  • Have your child's photo taken in a dinosaur egg
  • Dinosaur Sand Art
  • Dinosaur Train Live Show
  • Dinosaur sand pit
  • Fossil displays
  • Plus so many other dinosaur activities for the whole family

Melbourne get ready to feel the Dino-Roar!

Jurassic Creatures will be open at Harbour Town Melbourne from Saturday 12th March to Sunday 17th April 2016. Checkout their website for more info.

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To celebrate this roarsome event, we are giving away a family pass valued at $105 which includes tickets for 2 adults and 2 children. To WIN you must be a Busy City Kids newsletter subscriber and leave a quick comment below. (To signup, go to our subscribe page). Giveaway opens Monday 29th February and closes Thursday 3rd of March 5PM AEST.  The winner will be chosen using random name picker and announced shortly after via Facebook & email.

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Family Science Night at Scienceworks

Another great Family Science Night all about the Tyrannosaur family is coming up at Scienceworks! 

Bring the little ones for a special evening where they can see the 'Tyrannosaur - Meet the Family' exhibition (read our review here), meet the museum palaeontologists, ask them questions and discover some amazing fossils and prehistoric specimens!

Children are encouraged to come dressed up as their favourite dinosaur, prehistoric animal or palaeontologist as there will be great prizes to be won on the night for best dress-ups!

Children can make their very own fearsome T.Rex mask or make their own plasticine dinosaur to add to the museum's dino-rama on the night or take home.

The Scienceworks café will be open on the night and will have a variety of hot & cold options as well as the very popular hot or cold Kiddies' Dino pack if you are keen for a bite to eat before the event.

The next Family Science Night is taking place next Wednesday 23rd of September from 5:30pm to 8pm. For more info and bookings, visit the Scienceworks Family Science Nights page.

To celebrate this great evening, we have ONE Family pass to giveaway to one lucky Melbourne4Bubs' subscriber. To enter simply subscribe to our newsletter and drop us a quick comment below why you would like to win. Ends Friday 18th September 5PM AEST.

All photos in this post are from Museum Victoria's website and Facebook page.

'Tyrannosaurs - Meet the Family' at Scienceworks - Preview

Little Miss and I were invited at the preview of the new Scienceworks exhibition 'Tyrannosaurs - Meet the Family' this morning and we had a roaring time!

This exhibition was created by the Australian Museum and has been previously shown in Sydney and New Zealand. It showcases over 10 life-size skeletons as well as interactive setups for children to play and learn about the Tyrannosaurs family.

Although the exhibition is set in a dark environment with spotlights on the dinosaur skeletons, little Miss who is almost 3 wasn't scared and nor were her little friends Mr 4 and Miss 3. Little Miss was quite happy walking around and looking at the dinosaurs and touching the interactive screens. Little Miss' friend Mr 2 however was a bit scared of the setting so depending on your child, this exhibition may or may not be suitable.

Guanlong wucaii - one of the oldest dinosaurs in the tyrannosaur family. Photo by m4bubs

Guanlong wucaii - one of the oldest dinosaurs in the tyrannosaur family. Photo by m4bubs

Little Miss really liked watching the videos of dinosaurs running around Spotswood and Scienceworks on large screens and wanted to stay in the corridor for a while so she could make sure she spotted all the small and large dinos.

Dinos take over Spotswood. Photo by m4bubs.

Dinos take over Spotswood. Photo by m4bubs.

One of the impressive skeletons at the exhibition is Scotty the T-Rex who makes puppet shadows for visitors. Little Miss was a bit scared of the moving shadow but once I explained to her that Scotty was making a puppet she was fine.

Scotty the T-Rex. Scotty's shadow moves on the wall and does funny puppet shadows. Photo by m4bubs.

Scotty the T-Rex. Scotty's shadow moves on the wall and does funny puppet shadows. Photo by m4bubs.

There are a number of interactive setups throughout the exhibition where little ones can look at dinosaurs on the screen, for older kids to test their arm strength against a T-Rex, how to spot a T-Rex or look at a number of species.

The augmented reality screen for little ones to interact with dinosaurs on the screen. Photo by m4bubs.

The augmented reality screen for little ones to interact with dinosaurs on the screen. Photo by m4bubs.

Overall, this exhibition has a lot to offer, children and their parents can learn about this amazing family of dinosaurs. The dark settings and a few skeletons might scare some children so be aware of this before you go. 

 'Tyrannosaurs - Meet the Family' will be on at Scienceworks from this Saturday 23rd May till Sunday 4th October 2015. 

For more information and entry prices, go to the Museum's page

'Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family' at Scienceworks

Get your little ones' dinosaur tails and roars ready for the NEW exhibition coming to Scienceworks on the 23rd of May! 'Tyrannosaurs - Meet the Family' is a fun, informative and interactive exhibition showcasing how the latest dinosaur discoveries have transformed our view of these fascinating ancient creatures.

Children can stand next to the 11 metre long skeleton of “Scotty” the Tyrannosaurus rex, the biggest, baddest predator that ever lived and see some cool shadows.

'Scotty' - photo by James Morgan

'Scotty' - photo by James Morgan

They can also gain insight into how a discovery at Dinosaur Cove may prove that tyrannosaurs lived and breathed in Victoria and how recent scientific findings confirm that modern day birds evolved from dinosaurs.

Little ones can view over 10 life-sized dinosaur skeletons and a range of fossil specimens which have helped piece together the revised tyrannosaurus family tree.

Photo by James Morgan

Photo by James Morgan

Photo by James Morgan

Photo by James Morgan

This exhibition will bring these ancient creatures to life with a Melbourne-first augmented reality experience which will allow children, parents and carers to personally interact with tyrannosaurs.

Interactions include a live video feed where children can interact and play with members of the tyrannosaur family, multi-touch technology allowing them to compare their arm strength to that of a mighty T. Rex as well as large-scale projections of dinosaurs running through the streets of Melbourne and more!

'Tyrannosaurs - Meet the Family' will be on at Scienceworks from the Saturday 23rd May till Sunday 4th October 2015. For more info click here.

To WIN 1 x Family Pass to see this NEW exhibition, simply subscribe to our newsletter. One winner will be drawn this Friday 15th of May at 5PM and notified shortly after.