Monday, October 1, 2012

Spending A Day With The Dinosaurs- Dinosaur World!

When we were figuring out what places to visit on our "mini vacation" to Bowling Green/Cave City, there was one place that I knew we couldn't pass up. With two little boys who are crayzeee about anything "prehistoric", I knew Dinosaur World in Cave City was a must stop on our list! 

I'm telling you guys, this place was great! We went, it was just the beginning of the "off season", right before Labor Day. Summer was beginning to wind down, and when we visited, early on a weekday morning, we were actually the only visitors in the whole place! That is my kind of visit! I actually usually try to plan our outings for times like this, when I know that attractions won't be packed and busy, so we can take our time, do whatever we want, at our own pace, and not feel rushed and super claustrophobic.. Well, this time was perfect, since we had the whole place to ourselves! 

When you first go inside, you go through the gift shop. It is simply amazing in there, with so many different types of fossils, plus tons of dino goodies to take home. But, more on that later! After you go through the gift shop, you come outside, and you can get started wherever you want. We started with the museum. This place was awesome! Although it was a little dark inside, and the boys were a little creeped out (after their experience at the haunted house at Beech Bend!) we really had a great time and learned a lot at the museum. There were dino bones, fossils, teeth, eggs, everything! We really learned a lot, and it was so cute seeing the boys go to each exhibit and read about it! 

When we went back outside, we decided to go through the trail and see all the dinos. These things were seriously awesome! They were so life-like, and we had a great time learning about all of them! I loved the fact that the place wasn't packed, we got to take our time and really learn about each dinosaur. It was a great chance to let Tater read each description to us himself, and as we went down the trail, they just got more and more excited! 

When we got to the top of the trail, we even got to take a picture with an awesome GIANT dino! The boys loved that, since it is the same giant dino that you can see from the road! After finishing up the trail, we went over to the playground and spent some time eating our snacks that we brought. Then we checked out the boneyard. Now, I think this was Bean's favorite part! It is like a giant sandbox that has a "dino" buried in it, and your little palentologist gets to dig and uncover the bones! It was so cute, and we seriously probably spent about an hour in just this part alone! The only reason that we stopped, was because it was time for the fossil dig! 

The fossil dig takes place at certain times during the day, and a Dinosaur World employee guides the kids in a real life dino dig to uncover some real fossils! This was Tater's favorite part, I really can't tell you how much they enjoyed this. The employee who was doing the dino dig was wonderful! I wish I could remember his name so I could give him a shout out for being so great with my kiddos! He took extra time with my boys, even though we were the only people there and he could have easily just gotten it over with. I can't tell you how much digging up those fossils meant to the boys. They now each have a special box on their dressers with their shark teeth, REAL dinosaur bones, amber, and other awesome fossils. They take them out every once in awhile and look at them and talk about how much fun they had that day. 

I really can't say enough good things about the fine folks at Dinosaur World. They were so great, and went out of their way to make us feel welcome and at home! I am now forever a fan of Dinosaur World, and I have to say that for the price, this is one of the best deals we found in Cave City! You can easily spend a whole day here checking out all the fun dino stuff! For more information on Dinosaur World, click here to visit their website!

We received complimentary passes to Dinosaur World in order to conduct this review. Although we received complimentary passes, this in no way influenced our opinions or thoughts.

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