My mom and I recently took the afternoon to head over to Kings Island with Luke and I was excited to check out the Dinosaurs Alive exhibit. Every time we drive by Kings Island Luke is always excited to see the big dinosaur so I thought even though you had to pay extra ($5) for a ticket that it would be worth it. It’s known as The World’s Largest Animatronic Dinosaur Park and I was pretty impressed at the scale and detail of the “park”. It’s more of a walk than a park, but the trail was a lot of fun and it was great to see Luke hopping along all of a sudden spot a moving dino in the trees!
I loved having my mom there because there were so many great teachable moments that I would have completely missed out on! It pays to have a 1st grade teacher in the family! As we walked and looked at all the dinosaurs we pointed out how some were different than others and what is an Herbivore and what is a Carnivore. By the end of the walk, he knew all about the dinosaurs and it was great to learn it in such a hands on fun way! Next time we go, I would love to do some home-school print outs for him before hand and see what else we can learn about the dinosaurs. A scavenger hunt for older kids (who can read) would be great fun! For the younger kids you could print out a scavenger hunt with pictures and see if they can find all the dinos in their picture by comparing horns, height, long neck, tails, etc.
If you ever plan on going, be sure to print something out for the kids and have some fun making it a learning experience to get the most out of your next visit! They won’t have any idea that it’s a “school lesson” instead they’re learning through fun! They also have a fun sand dig for the kids to use all kinds of shovels, etc. to dig up dinosaur fossils! All in all, I do think it was worth the $5 we paid for each ticket BUT I wouldn’t every time we went to Kings Island…maybe once or twice over the season if I thought we could make the most of spending time there. Have you been to Dinosaurs Alive? What did you think?? Worth it or not for your family?