You can now grab tickets for an epic journey into the Jurassic at Dino Kingdom. This August dinosaurs will roam once more, transforming the emerald expanse and tangled woodland of Leicester’s Abbey Park into a prehistoric playground. This roarsome experience is fun for all the family; whether it’s encountering lifelike animatronics on the dinosaur trail, exploring the cutting-edge digital village, letting the little ones loose on the excavation site or whizzing around on the fairground rides. Lace up your boots, grab your fossil brush and prepare to explore a land before time.
Not only is Dino Kingdom the perfect day out for dinosaur-obsessed youngsters, but you can also indulge your own childhood passion for the cretaceous creatures. Dig out your khakis and cargos to channel your inner Alan Grant or Ellie Satler (or keep it cool with an Ian Malcolm-esque leather jacket and shades), as you wander along the fun-filled dinosaur trail. Be sure to listen out for the water-rippling rumble of a Tyrannosaurus-Rex roar, keep a keen eye out for those clever raptors and gaze up in the treetops to spot munching Brachiosaurus – or even the beady eyes of a dangling Pteranodon.
Technology also plays a crucial part in immersing you in this ancient world. The digital village breathes life back into the dinosaurs (no risk of cloning science gone rampantly wrong here), providing an educational look at the million-year-old reptiles with a fascinating projection mapping experience. When the kids get curious, this is the place to go.
The kids will have no shortage of dinosaur delights to keep them entertained throughout the day. The excavation site invites them to dig to their heart’s content, putting them in the dirt-dusted shoes of palaeontologists as they unearth some intriguing fossils. After something more active? They can put their scavenger skills to the test on the egg hunt to win a free gift, or you might want to challenge them to a game of mini golf on the dinosaur-themed course.
It’s not just dinosaurs you need to watch out for here, if you see the smiles dropping from your children’s face you need to act fast. This is where the fairground rides can swoop in to save the day – think dodgems, teacups, slides and more – with any impending tears or tantrums soon forgotten.
After getting an idea of the enormous scale of dinosaurs with a stroll through the fossil tunnel, the oversized ribs might make you a little peckish for something with a bit more meat on its bones (or remind vegans why they prefer plant-based). Luckily, there’s plenty of tasty street food vendors offering up a range of options to dig into, with gluten-free and vegan options. Fancy a sun-soaked bevvie? There are alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to suit your taste.
Dino Kingdom is an unmissable trip back in time that may even inspire some future palaeontological careers. Make sure you get your tickets now and treat the whole family to a dino-mite day out. Keep in mind, children under two go free but will need a ticket for entry, find out more here.