Go Back in Time, A Day at Field Station: Dinosaurs

Go Back in Time, A Day at Field Station: Dinosaurs

Field Station: Dinosaurs is a world-class family attraction that combines cutting-edge science with a Broadway producer’s flair to create a one-of-kind experience that’s thrilling, educational and fun. It’s easy to get to and the park is big enough to enjoy all of the attractions yet small enough to not cause your littles ones to complain about walking too much. It makes for a great day trip! Over 30 live shows, games and activities daily connect the story of the dinosaurs to our world today, giving new relevance to their lives and power to the tales of their extinction.

Hours and Fees:

June 25 – Sept. 1 | Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm

The Explorers Pass: $18.50

Day Pass: $15.75

More ticket information here

Workshops and Games:

Backyard Fossil Hunter
New Jersey is dinosaur central and some of the most important dinosaur discoveries of all-time happened right here in our own backyard. Learn about the remarkable dinosaur and fossil history of the Garden State and be the judges at the first ever dinosaur skull beauty pageant.

Dinosaur Dance Party
A fast-paced matching game where everybody plays and everybody learns. What does it take to be a paleontologist? Kids uncover the secrets of a successful Bone Hunter with some unexpected results.

DinosOrigami
Join one of the Field Station’s Top Researchers and learn the art of paleo paper folding. Best of all, our origami artists get to take their creations home!

Fossil Dig Site
Buried treasures abound at New Jersey’s most popular dig site. Giant dinosaur skeletons and real prehistoric fossils lurk beneath the surface just waiting to be unearthed. Join our team of paleontologists and see what it’s like to work on a real scientific expedition. Recommended for scientists ages three through nine.

Great Moments of Discovery Theater
You’re the star of the show! Explore the amazing link between the birds of today and the dinosaurs of yesteryear. Meet some of the most famous scientists of all time and be witness to their greatest discoveries.

Mesozoic Concentration
A fast-paced matching game where everybody plays and everybody learns. What does it take to be a paleontologist? Kids uncover the secrets of a successful Bone Hunter with some unexpected results.

Mesozoic Midway
Step right up and win yourself a Dinosaur! Test your skill at the Field Station’s traditional midway games with a Dinosaur twist! We’ll have different dinosaur themed games all season long and everyone plays until they win a prize!

Scavenger Hunt
Scour the Field Station for dinosaur clues, riddles and cryptic messages stashed throughout the park. It’s the perfect family adventure for puzzle loving paleontologists.

Paleo Picasso
That’s a Dinosaur of a different color! You’re the artist at this new twist on a Field Station favorite. Learn to draw a Dinosaur and discover what scientists know – and don’t know – about what color the Dinosaurs might have been.

Paleontologists’ Laboratory
The perfect souvenir from your visit to the Field Station – three actual fossils from the age of the Dinosaurs! Scientific staff will help junior bone hunters dig for fossils, including dinosaur coprolite, and help identify their finds. Take home your Mesozoic discovery in a souvenir pouch. OPEN 10am to 5:30pm in the Spring/Summer and 10am to 4:30pm in the Fall.

Gertie The Dinosaur
Before there was Jurassic Park there was Gertie! Meet Hollywood’s first dinosaur superstar! Winsor McKay’s groundbreaking cartoon from 1914 is a look back in time and, even after a century, Gertie remains as fun and playful as ever.

Amphitheater Shows:

T-Rex Feeding Frenzy
Explore the dangerous world of the famous cretaceous meat eater! Meet the Mighty T-Rex and help our fearless Dinosaur Wrangler use the Scientific Method to study the eating habits of everyone’s favorite carnivore. A fun, musical show with audience participation.

Dinosaur Daycare
Our baby Dinosaurs are getting ready to hatch! Join our Dinosaur Daycare staff as we prepare for the Field Station’s new arrivals and help us answer the musical question – “which came first, the dinosaur or the egg?

Field Station Challenge
Come on down, you’re the next contestant on the Field Station Challenge! You never know what surprises our Wranglers have in store when they reach into the box of dinosaur-themed puzzles, quizzes and games of chance.

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When you enter the park you are given your credentials which allow you to enjoy all the activities they have to offer. When you visit different areas and activities throughout the park the Park Rangers will stamp you in!

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Dinosaurs:

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Well, we can’t forget the main attraction! There are 31 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, in different areas of the park. These areas are Base Camp, The Quarry, The Plateau, and The Lookout. Each dinosaur also has a sign that has the name and information about that dinosaur.  They are displayed in a different setting representing what the dinosaurs ecosystem might have looked like. For example, the Velociraptors were a bit hidden in the reeds, but you could hear them. You will definitely think you are in a  “Jurassic Park” movie!

How To Get There:

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The park is located at:

Overpeck County Park
Henry Hoebel Area
Fort Lee Road
Leonia, NJ 07605

You can drive or even take the NJ Transit Train.

 

For directions please click here. 

Make sure to check out their website for exact hours and days they are open!

Overall, Field Station: Dinosaurs is a fun day! Make sure you wear comfortable shoes as you will be doing some walking. The trails are smooth and stroller friendly for a stroller, but it can be a bit bumpy. You can bring snacks and drinks into the park, but they also have a snack bar. Beware when you are leaving the park as they make you go through the merchandise tent.

Check Out The New LEGOLAND Discovery Center

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Legoland Discovery Center is located at the Westchester’s Ridge Hill Shopping Center in Yonkers. There are several other LEGOLAND Discovery Center locations in the US including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Kansas City. LEGOLAND Discovery Center is designed specifically for children aged 3-10 years to enjoy – everything is kid-sized.

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Buy the tickets in advance as they end up being much cheaper. Tickets start at $19.95. Walk Up ticket prices for a scheduled date and time are $29.95 and higher.

Upon entering you are directed into the Lego Factory. The lab technician gives the kids a lesson in how legos are made. It is a nice interactive space with buttons push, levers to pull and more.

What’s Inside:

MINILAND:

Explore and play with the interactive city; see airships swoop and towers glow as the little land changes from day to night.

The Great LEGO® Race VR Experience:

A virtual reality experience where you literally buckle up and go for a ride inside the most incredible, exhilarating and fun LEGO race ever created! Immerse yourselves in a LEGO world racing brick-built vehicles in the hopes of becoming the next Champion! Racers will enter the virtual world and be the star of a rollicking race against several LEGO MINIFIGURE competitors including a pirate, wizard, surfer, and pharaoh.

With twists and turns throughout the course, the experience engages all senses by combining sight, sound and motion to allow guests to escape reality.

LEGO 4D cinema:

Enjoy exciting LEGO movies with additional wind, rain and snow effects to really bring it to life and put you at the heart of the action!

Kingdoms Quest:

The captured Princess needs your help! Hop aboard your chariot on the Kingdom Quest ride to rescue her. Be warned, there are beastly trolls and sneaky skeletons lurking. Can you zap them all to save the Princess?

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Earthquake Table

Lego Master Builder Academy

 

 

 

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Next up, is Merlin’s Apprentice. Yes, there is actually another ride here. The kids can peddle their flying boom to make it go up and down. I like that even the little guys can ride as well. There is also the Lego 4D Cinema.  We saw 3 Lego movies, each about 10 minutes long.  The 4D is there are wind, water and bubble (snow) effects. I thought the movies were well done and the boys were thoroughly entertained. The movies we saw were: Clutch Powers, a Lego Racer movie and a Kingdom Quest.

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There is a nice little cafe with seats so you can sit enjoy a cup of coffee while the kids play. They have the usual snacks at the cafe. You can purchase a Kids Meal Deal which includes a sandwich, bag of chips, & a drink for just $7.00! Add a LEGO Lunch Box for an additional $5.

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Overall, we had a fun day. I was impressed with the space and thought it was very clean.  It made for a great afternoon with the boys.

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I also really liked the new Ridge Hill Mall.  There are a lot of great stores and restaurants. On a nice day you can take a walk, get something to eat and enjoy the little playground they have as well. Though I have to say a metal playground with no shade covering, maybe not such a great idea.