Little E, who’s 17 months already, has started not too long ago, to make the animals sounds. He loves roaring to every one of them. It doesn’t matter if it’s a giraffe, an elephant or a dog, he just roars! So when the team behind Jurassic Kingdom invited us to visit on their opening day we were quite excited. Finally, an animal that actually will roar back at him! Our little girl was super enthusiastic about this visit too. She kept counting days…
For those of you who haven’t heard about them yet Jurassic Kingdom, as they state on their website:
“is a spectacular outdoor dinosaur experience aimed at family audiences with over 30 impressive installations of animated dinosaurs with electronic moving parts. Animatronics include arms moving up and down, tails swaying side-to-side, heads moving up and down, eyes blinking and jaws opening wide with roaring sound effects. Making for a truly awesome educational and entertaining Jurassic experience!”
They are in Manchester from 8th to 23rd July at Philips Park, near the Etihad Stadium.
We got there on Saturday around 12pm and the traffic was quite slow in the area and even though parking seemed almost impossible we eventually found a place nearby the park. Get ready if you drive there to spend 10-15 minutes looking for a parking spot.
Then we just had to follow the signs to the entrance. The little ones were already super excited and started running towards the doors. We showed them our printed tickets and that was all. We were inside our “roar adventure”!
Everything was all well signed and you could see the toilets right at the entrance, which is good to know when you go with little ones. You can take the tour at your own pace, which in our case, was either quite slow or quite quick…depending on the children.
They really liked watching the dinosaurs. They were quite impressed but, since their attention time is short, after 20 minutes walking around they were no longer bother that much and were actually playing with sticks they could find on the ground! -Seriously?, we thought Sam and I- You’ve got 3 metres tall prehistoric animals roaring at you and you’re playing with rocks and sticks?! haha
Anyway, I think the organisers kinda knew this about children, and when you get to half point of the tour you have like a valley area where there’s a sand pit, where the children can find fossils, a slide, a small dinosaur that they can ride for 2 pounds and other places where they can run and play and have some food in between from one of the lovely stalls around.
Interaction is what gets the children involved and that’s why we really enjoyed this “roar adventure”. The park where it’s located is great, dinosaurs seemed very realistic and there were some activities for the children where they could move and play around. Like the last one on the tour, where they get to ride a small dinosaur with wheels for free. Our 5-year-old wanted to do it by herself but since she couldn’t reach the ground, Sam had to push her around. And obviously, little E had to join them too. It seemed like a lot of fun! I wanted to give it a go too…but I thought that being on my 30’s and a bit clumsy it wouldn’t be a good idea…haha
We were given tickets for the purpose of this review but our opinions have been honest and our own.
I must admit because I’m always counting pennies, I would probably look for a good deal on price tickets if I had to buy them. On their website, you can find full prices. I think it’s Online, Adults 11.50 and Child 9.50 and then on the door, they’re a bit more expensive. Sites like Groupon or Wowcher are currently offering some discounts, I believe.
So, our recommendation? Pack a nice lunch and head over to your own “roar adventure” at Jurassic Kingdom. It will be a good way to start the Summer break! 🙂
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