***23rd December 13***
Among all the places that we went to, Dinosaur World was the furthest. The journey took about 45 minutes. Upon reaching there at 11am, Darian was surprised and excited to find out about spending our day at the Dinosaur World. It was such a priceless moment to see that expression on his face. He couldn’t wait to enter the park. Papa Yap and I thought we would probably spend 2 to 3 hours there. But we were so wrong. We were there for 5 hours. There were quite a number of interesting activities for the young ones to do. It was like one big and fun learning playground for Darian. He enjoyed himself so much. So did we. 🙂
We did some research online and realised that there wasn’t any food outlet in the park. So we brought along our lunch and had it at the sheltered picnic spot. Before lunch, double Ds were playing happily at the dinosaur themed playground that they didn’t even want to take a break.
We started the dinosaur trail at the Assay Station where we were given a packet of soil and little gemstones mixture. We were supposed to sift the soil using the sluice and discover the hidden gems. It was such a simple yet interesting activity. Papa Yap explained and showed Darian on the procedures and he picked up fast. After a while, I joined Darian in the exploration. It was really fun! He was very happy and proud with his discovered gemstones that he still kept it with him until now. 🙂
This activity was part of the package that we bought for Darian which include the entrance, Assay Station, Fossil Dig and a packet of Koi Feeds. At the fossil site, the kids get to experience digging ‘fossils’ and choose three favourite from their findings. The staff will then explain about the three ‘fossils’ that they have chosen. Seriously, I thought it was a fun way to learn about fossils!
Darian has been fascinated with Dinosaurs and his favourite is the Tyrannosaur, T-rex. He is able to recognise and name dinosaurs like, Tyrannosaur, Raptor, Stegosaurus, Triceratops , Brachiosaurus, Pterandon, Allosaurus, and Spinosaurus. Apparently, kids tend to remember things that interest them more easily. Isn’t it always the case? While strolling around the trail, he kept himself busy looking around for all those dinosaurs mentioned above. Other than looking and fooling around, we got to play at the giant puzzle station and feed the koi. Along the path, we visited the Skeleton Garden, Mammoth attraction, the exploration cave where there was a guide giving a talk on the job of a Paleontologist and the boneyard where Darian engaged in some sand play. Just how fortunate kids are these days! Our last Dino adventure was at the museum which display a gallery of dinosaur fossils and facts about them. There was also a section of moving Dinosaurs near the exit. Nice!
To be honest, we were not expecting anything great. However, it turned out to be a surprisingly good experience. It has far exceeded our expectation and we all had a truly amazing time there! We don’t know how other feel about it but for us it was absolutely money well spent. We were really glad to have had made it there 🙂