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ROAR: Summer Day Trip With Dinosaurs!

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 6.47.03 PMI love going on outings with my son. Just the two of us.

We have spent our summer weekends and off-days in our pool, at the beach, discovering farmer’s markets, seeing movies, chilling at the park, indoor playgrounds, playing mini golf, peach picking, hanging in NYC, eating out—the list goes on … and on!

Today we did something super special.

We visited Field Station: Dinosaurs in Secaucus, NJ. (Like them on Facebook.)

JD just got done learning about dinosaurs in summer camp and he loves the TV show Dino Dan on Nick Jr.—today was a dream come true for him!

This world-class family attraction combines cutting-edge science for a one-of-kind experience that’s thrilling, educational and really fun.

Positioned in the natural, green backdrop of the New Jersey Meadowlands and nestled at the base of a 150 million year old rock formation, Field Station: Dinosaurs hosts thirty life-sized, realistic dinosaurs (including the ninety foot long Argentinosaurus, the largest animatronic dinosaur ever made). Thanks to brilliant engineering, these bad boys come to life, too. In fact, they are so life like, JD was a bit timid at first. Look at this pic:

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There was tons to do after walking through the trails and visiting these roaring, moving creatures. We enjoyed What color is your dinosaur? a lot. After a presentation about dinosaurs and live painting, we got to color a dino too! (It’s on our fridge!) Next, we hit up LaQ Lab.  JD loved creating a dinosaur with the color, plastic toys similar to Lego but smooth (and great for building and exercising fine motor skills).

Click here to learn about the dinosaurs on display.

Soon it was time for lunch and there was no shortage of good ole park food: Burgers, dogs, pizza, soft pretzels, nachos, even veggie burgs—the works. We both had cheeseburgers fresh from the grill, topped with crunchy Romaine lettuce and pickles. MMMM!

Lots more is happening at this attraction. Click here to preview the upcoming events.

After we filled our bellies it was time to … feed a baby dinosaur at the Feeding Time event. We learned all about dinosaurs and what they love to eat. JD fed the puppet a leaf! This took place in the comfy Commander’s Tent that features AC (ideal for hot summer days like today) and was designed by IKEA! (So tons of rad modern seating and decor!) We attended story time in this cozy nook too.

After a quick ice pop stop we headed to Dinosaurs Alive!—a 3D movie. JD definitely jumped a few times. The Fossil Dig Site was next and what a treat. JD and all the children selected brushes and shovels and set to work in a sand pit. It was so much fun, I literally dug in too!

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Our favorite event was Dino Whodunit. This live show featured a narrater, guitar player and music, audience participation and you guessed it, a GIANT, dino! Screams and cheers filled the air!

I hands down give this place 5 ROARS! ***** Plan your visit.

Some suggestions from me if you visit:

Wear sneakers! (I didn’t! d’oh!)

Wear and bring sunblock. (We were lathered up!)

Pack water. (You’re gonna get thirsty!)

Plan to spend the day. We stayed for 5 hours—there was that much to enjoy!

Help out your fellow parents. Six years in, I’m not shy about asking someone to take our pic. And I did today—I also offered to take pics of other fams. Spread the love!

Buy your kid a tube of dinosaurs. JD has been playing with them for 2 hours. Winning!

Have you guys visited this attraction? Chime in! Enjoy our fave pic! That’s the Empire State Building in the background—so cool!! 

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