The National Museum in Cardiff has just opened a new exhibition called ‘Dinosaur Babies’ and we were very excited to be invited to the launch as W LOVES dinosaurs!
As we approached the museum we spotted some giant dinosaur footprints…. (they had done a great job promoting this event, with dinosaur poo and a knocked-over statue being found on Queen street in the run-up!)
And once inside the launch event there were people dressed as dinosaurs and a dinosaur-themed breakfast… we both loved the dinosaur eggs on lava (the lava being a tart full of bacon and baked beans…. genius!!)
And being aged 3, W just headed straight for the play area at the back… there’s a big pit where they can search for fossils and eggs. There’s a little play area with toy dinosaurs, cuddly dinosaurs, dinosaur books, jigsaws on the wall etc. There’s also a dressing up section!
After a good play, W was ready to go – because it was the launch event it was very busy! I’d like to take him back again – he could play in the play area again while I actually get a chance to read all about the displays etc! That’s a good point actually – it’s not a huge place so quite a friendly place to let the children run wild!
The play area was perfect for W, and as much as he did look at the displays I think these are all perfectly suited for children a little bit older for him. As well as it being fun, I can imagine it being very handy for those children studying dinosaurs in school!
On the way out there’s a very cute dinosaur-themed shop! Luckily as W was in the mood to go he didn’t seem to notice all this lovely merchandise he could have had!
After leaving the exhibition, we went for a look round our usual museum haunts… the woolly mammoth and basking shark… and the temporary worms exhibition.
I love that as it was the launch weekend, there were little dinosaurs dotted about the place!
The exhibition itself is on until 5th November and costs £7 per adult (£5 concessions) and £3 per child (aged 4-17) with under 3’s going free.
A family ticket for 2 adults, 2 children costs £17 and a family ticket for 1 adult, 3 children costs £13. Read more about it on the museum’s website here Please note the museum is closed on Mondays!
I think these prices are quite good value for the quality of dinosaur stuff on show from all corners of the earth! As I said, we will definitely go back so I actually get to see it all properly… I like that the displays are great for adults and children but they’ve also catered for young children will all the play areas… well worth a visit!