Go Back in Time A Day at Field Station Dinosaur

 

Last summer the boys and I decided to check out the newest attraction in our area Field Station: Dinosaurs. The boys really love dinosaurs and they had a blast. It was nice that it was close and that the park is really not too big. It makes for a great day trip

I have to say, I was impressed by the dinosaurs. There is a lot of attention to detail.  They are big, moved and roared.  The boys thought they were “cool”. There is a nice selection of dinosaurs, in all different shapes and sizes.

Go Back in Time A Day at Field Station Dinosaur Go Back in Time A Day at Field Station Dinosaur

What Is There To Do: Of course, you are going to see the dinosaurs, but they also had a lot of other fun activities for the kids.   When you enter the park you are given your Credentials. When you visit different areas and activities through out the park the Park Rangers will stamp your credentials. This added to the adventure for my boys as they were on a search to see where they could get their stamps. It is also a nice FREE souvenir.

Go Back in Time A Day at Field Station Dinosaur      Go Back in Time A Day at Field Station Dinosaur

  • LEGOS : There was an area where the kids could build and play with Legos. Of course, my boys did not want to leave this area. It was a bit crowded, but they have a few tables and different Lego pieces so everyone had a chance to play.
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  • The Dig: This is an area where you get to be a Paleontologist.  The park provides shovels, brushes and other tools for the kids to dig and discover dinosaur bones. All the kids were having a lot of fun and were so excited when they found some bones. But on a hot, sunny day it would be nice if it was a little more covered. Though, they did have a covered area for the parents to sit.
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  • Crayola Art Area: This was an area sponsored by Crayola. They had crayons, markers and activities for the kids. The kids got to color dinosaur pictures and other related crafts.
Go Back in Time A Day at Field Station Dinosaur
  • Shows and Games: They have the Dinosaur Meet and Greet, where you meet the dinosaur babies.  This was really cute. There is also an amazing dinosaur puppet.  The show has “handlers” to teach you about the dinosaur and even try to feed it.  It is as if it is all “real”.   There are also games shows like Raptor Feud and T-Rex Games.  They are educating the kids about dinosaurs, but in a game setting that I thought really kept the kids engaged.   The park had something to see about every 30 minutes which I thought was great.

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  • Dinosaurs: Well, we can’t forget the main attraction. There are 31 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, in different areas of the park.  The 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.  I liked how they were displayed each in a different setting.  Example, the Velociraptors were a bit hidden in the reeds, but you could here them. I felt like I was in the “Jurassic Park” Movie.
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Where is it: The park is located at 1 Dinosaur Way, Secaucus, NJ, right off Interstate 95, Exit 15X.  You can drive or even take the NJ Transit Train. If you take the train, the park is a short 10 minute walk from the train station. Also, during the summer there is a free shuttle from the train station to the park  You just have to confirm the pick up times.  If you drive, parking is $10.

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Hours: The park is open April through the beginning of November.  The park is open now Saturday/Sunday 10am-6pm.   Check their website for exact hours and days it is open in the other months.

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DAY PASS
Guests age 2 and above $15.00 online All day admission to the park
Guests age 2 and above $16.50 at the box office All day admission to the park
Guests under age 2 Free All day admission to the park

*** These are the prices if you buy online.  They do not show prices if you buy at the park.

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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 OK for a stroller, but it can be a bit bumpy. You can bring snacks and drinks in to the park, but they also have a snack bar as well.  Beware when you are leaving the park as they make you go through the merchandise tent.  Needless to say, I did not get out of there without opening my wallet. But I know the boys and I will be headed back there again.

Check Out The NEW Legoland Discovery Center

legoland discovery center westchester

Over spring break the boys and I made a trip up to the new Legoland Discovery Center which recently opened in the new Westchester’s Ridge Hill Shopping Center in Yonkers.  In the US there are also Legoland Discovery Centers in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Kansas City. Needless to say the boys were very excited to check it out.

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From where I am in New Jersey it is a quick 20-30 minute ride over the George Washington Bridge to get there.  It is also close to my beloved Stew Leonard’s as well.   Love that store.   It was suggested that we buy our tickets in advance on-line as they stagger admission so it will not be too crowded.  We could not get a ticket until 2 pm, because I bought the day we wanted to go, so I suggest buying a day in advance.   Ticket prices are $22 (+tax) adults and $18 + tax) for children.

Upon entering you are directed in to 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.  Before you make you way to the next room, the lab technician gave the boys a “special” lego.

lego lab     lego lab tech

lego lab painting     Legoland special lego

After the lab you make your way to the Kingdom Quest ride.  It reminded me of the Buzzlight Year ride at the Magic Kingdom.  You have to hit the targets and save the Princess.  It was cute and I thought the design and video elements were well done.  They boys were just happy to be playing a “video” game.

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Once you are off the ride you make your way to Miniland.  Of course, our Miniland is all about NYC.  It is so well done. I am always amazed at the level of detail.   There is Yankee Stadium, Times Square, the subway and more.

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miniland subway     miniland builder

After Miniland, you walk into the main area of the Discovery Center.  We first made our way to Lego Races: Build and Test.   I was not so impressed with this section, as we could not find any wheels for our racers. The boys liked being able to build, but I did not think it was very organized.

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Next to Lego Racers, there is the Earthquake Table where you can build and then turn on the table to see if it can stand up to the earthquake.   Next, the table is the Lego Master Builder Academy.  The Academy has a new class every 30 minutes.  I think it is great for the older kids who want to learn new building tricks.

Earthquake Table     Lego Master Builder Academy

Next to the academy there is the Duplo Village.  This is a great area for the little ones, ages 1-5.  They can climb around and there is also a little slide.     Also, not to leave the girls out of the mix there is the Lego Friends area.   It is a cute little house for the girls to play. They even have karaoke.

duplo village     Lego Friends

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.

Merlin's Apprentice     Lego 4D Cinema

In the middle of all the action is the Lego Fire Academy.  This is a great play area with a slide, many levels as well as building area.  A big note for this area:  BRING SOCKS!.  I did not know this so of course I ended up buying socks for $2 a pair.   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.  The big item is the kids lunch for $15. I thought it was a bit pricey, but it comes in a big lego.

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lego cafe lunch

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.   Beware, as to exit you have to go through the Lego store.   Needless to say I did not get out of there without opening my wallet.

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.

ridge hill mall     ridge hill play area