The dinosaurs have come to Melbourne with Dinosaur Adventures!
Under a big top at Caulfield Racecourse you’ll find a prehistoric world with life-sized dinosaurs coming alive with animatronics along with other dinosaur-related activities like model-building, sick paleontology digs and dinosaur bouncy castles.
I went to Dinosaur Adventures just with Lady AB and as she’s just over 3 years old we both paid full price (just over $30 after booking fees per person). When we first entered I thought we’d made an expensive mistake, cost as she was terrified of the moving dinosaurs and cried ‘I don’t like it!’, 60mg backing away towards the entrance.
After a bit of convincing she leapt into my arms and I carried her around, although she did eventually get used to the constant roaring and moving animals and quite enjoyed herself (on her own two feet).
She particularly liked the quieter activities – the storytime, reading dinosaur stories together inside the tent and the sand digging.
She did have a go at the bouncy castles but didn’t want to have a second turn even though our ticket allowed unlimited rides. There were three inflatable play areas within the arena and Lady AB only tried two of them. The one in the centre was big and tall and more suited to older kids.
Also note that there was a bit of a queue for the jumping castle activities as only a small number of children were allowed on at a time due to safety reasons.
After Lady AB had tried most of the activities she was quite happy to leave so we were in and out in an hour when our session allowed us to stay for 2.5 hours.
It depends on the personality of your child of course (and Lady AB’s a bit of a ‘fraidy cat) but based on my experience I think you’re best to take kids who are *just* under 3 years old so that they get in free but they are old enough to enjoy the activities. Otherwise wait till they’re older ie school age when they’re not going to be terrified by a fake roaring T-Rex and creepy shadows.
Kids in prams and young toddlers will have a pretty dull time of it I think, as it’s not safe to let them crawl in the walkways or to jump on the bouncy structures. The constant roaring and music may be pretty over-stimulating too.
Note that we arrived almost an hour early to make sure we got a prime parking position, then hung out at a cafe nearby. There’s parking right by the entrance at Gate 20, with a flat rate of $4 all day, plus quite a lot of street parking. The entrance is across from Caulfield station so public transport is a good option too.