Yesterday we were invited to visit Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure park, Norfolk. During half term week (17th – 23rd February), they’re offering 50% off the on-the-gate ticket price to anyone under the age of 16 who dresses up for the Fantasy February event. Roarr! are also running a number of lovely activities during the week, from storytelling sessions to crafting, all following the fantasy theme.
You’d think now that the girls are almost four and two, we’d be able to arrive somewhere well before lunchtime, but that doesn’t seem to be the case, so after a quick play on the slides, we took advantage of the indoor picnic area to have some lunch. I really appreciate this facility, as taking a packed lunch saves us a good chunk of money as a family of four.
Once we’d finished lunch, we headed down to the Animal Encounters Barn for some crafting. Previously we’ve been a bit disappointed with the ‘craft’ activities at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, as they’ve essentially been colouring sheets. But that wasn’t the case this time. The premise of Fantasy February is that you choose a ‘team’; Trolls, Fairies, Mermaids or Dragons, and there’s a different corresponding craft activity for each one. M chose fairies and was given a tracing paper ‘stained glass window’ to colour in with felt tip. The other activities were a bit more ‘crafty’ than M’s, but she was more than happy with hers and no doubt it will take pride of place on her bedroom window, once she’s finished it off at home.
Straight after the crafting there was a storytelling session with Witchetygrubb, the Woodland Friend. M was enthralled with the story and loved sitting next to Witchetygrubb to look at the pictures in the book, once she’d finished reading.
Once story time had finished, we headed back up the dinosaur trail, collecting the stamps on the girls’ stamp sheets. M loves a medal from any attraction we visit, and Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure is no exception for her. The dinosaur trail is one of our favourite parts of the park as it’s a lovely walk, with plenty of life-size dinosaur figures to keep the girls entertained on the way. There were lots of daffodils and snowdrops along the trail this time, too, which made it even prettier than usual.
At the top of the trail, it started to rain, so we dashed inside to Dippy-ville, the indoor soft play designed for smaller people. We much prefer this to Dinomite, which we feel is better suited to older children (or perhaps more confident little ones than ours!). Dippy-ville is always much quieter, and the soft play areas are low-level so it’s easy to see across the whole room to keep an eye on your little ones. There’s also plenty of tables and chairs in there, so that parents can have a little rest, too! The girls love exploring the soft play pits and the wall-based activities, too.
Fortunately, once we’d exhausted the delights of Dippy-ville the rain had stopped, so we whizzed through the Lost World A-mazing Adventure maze to collect our last stamp. After that, there was just time to have another play on the extensive play area (which our two could easily spend several hours on!) before it was time to head home.
Both girls have fallen into bed smiling and thoroughly worn out from their adventures at Roarr! today. This wasn’t the first time we’ve visited Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, and I’m confident that it won’t be the last, as B is already asking to visit again!
Disclosure: We were gifted our family tickets for Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure today. However, all opinions are my own.