The dinosaurs that were made famous by this video of the boy who ran away are back at the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary! With the beautiful weather last weekend, we decided to go and see them for ourselves. My son is a huge dinosaur fan, so I was excited to see how he handled the real thing — or as close to it as we’ll ever get!
The animatronic dinosaurs are life-size and their movements are so life-like! At first, my son was scared to approach them, but he quickly got over his fear and started roaring right back at them.
The dinosaurs are located along the nature trails, which is really cool because it looks like they’re living and interacting with the environment. There was even one munching on a fish.
This dinosaur even spit water on passersby! There are plaques with each dinosaur that explains the time period in which they lived, their height, weight, diet and where they lived. It’s a great educational opportunity.
Here are some things to know before you go:
- Admission through Sept. 30 is $9 for adults and $6 for children 3-12 and seniors 60+. After that, Fall/Winter pricing kicks in.
- The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9AM – 5PM; Sunday from 1PM – 5PM and is closed on Mondays.
- The trail is covered in gravel and is accessible to jogging strollers. Umbrella strollers are not recommended.
- There are spots along the trail to stop and rest, and part of it is in the forest covered in shade.
- Make sure you bring some water. It can get hot out there!
- I’d definitely try to prepare your little one for the size of the dinosaurs. They really do seem real, and I saw more than one scared kiddo.
Click here to read more about the exhibit on the Heard Museum website.
Have you been to the Heard Museum before? Does your child like dinosaurs?