Dino Destinations

Did you know there is a dino database, to search where to see dinosaurs anywhere in the World?! http://www.dinodatabase.com/dinowhre.asp  You could make quite a bucket list with your dino-lover!

The Science Museum of Minnesota is on the list with its three impressive dinosaur skeletons. We have other info about the Science Museum on GrandyCamp, so be sure to search our destination tab for more details on getting there, programs, parking, etc. Jack just did an awesome PreK Dino Camp there.

TRICERATOPS One of only four real Triceratops on display in the world and the largest complete specimen on display, it’s a museum favorite.

HUNTING ALLOSAURUS See a recreation of an Allosaurus hunting two Camptosaurus.

DIPLODOCUS At 82-feet, it’s one of the largest creatures to have roamed the earth.


Combining finely detailed hand-crafted animatronics, interactive consoles, a lush setting and educational content that reflect the latest scientific theories, ValleyFair’s Dinosaurs Alive! offers not only the excitement of a tail thrashing, clawing and roaring exhibition with more than 30 life-sized, moving animatronic dinosaurs, but the opportunity for guests of all ages to actively engage in a unique learning experience (There is even an Education Kit to download on the website). This dinosaur park presents scenes and stories based on real fossil evidence, such as the predator trap at Cleveland-Lloyd in Utah and the Pachyrhinosaurus flash flood episode from Pipestone Creek in Alberta, Canada. Other key scenes depicting behaviors and diversity include an attack by a pack of Deinonychus on a lone Tenontosaurus, and an adult and sub-adult Tyrannosaurus rex stalking a Triceratops; encounter the beasts that dominated the planet for over 180 million years. The roaring seems less threatening in the landscape setting, with clear escape routes, but think about the scare level, and prepare them ahead with pictures! We told the kids the dinosaurs were saying "Hello!" As you know, there are lots of other entertainments in ValleyFair, including a toddler play area. New in 2017 - you can register online for a FREE pre-K Pass for children ages 3-5 in early spring. It includes unlimited visits and includes Dinosaurs Alive! You will also want to buy other passes and parking online for the best deals. https://www.valleyfair.com/what-s-new/pre-k-pass

Plan a dinosaur movie nite! You could Google dino movies to find a few less terrifying that Jurassic Park, like Disney’s Dinosaur (2000) that tells the story of an orphaned iguanodon raised by a group of lemurs. The film was a box-office success and lauded for magnificent CGI effects, although some critics were not fond of the celebrity voices for the dinosaur characters (Ha! Now they are in everything!); the original Land Before Time (1988) tells the story of an Apatosaurus named Littlefoot, who will probably always be one of our favorite dinosaurs of all time; Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaur (2009)where Manny, Diego, and Sid encounter dinosaurs in a tropical world buried beneath the ice ; Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur (2015) What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?; Night at the Museum, with Ben Stiller running in terror from the living dinosaur skeleton; or you could show how they created dino drama before color and special effects with The Lost World (1925). If you are planning any sort of celebration with your dino-lover, check out the ideas on the Catch My Party Pinterest page! GrandyCamp also has a Dino Pinterest Board with lots of fun things to make and do, including our Frozen Dinosaur Eggs and Dino Garden.