DinoJaws at Leeds Royal Armouries
We decided recently that we wanted to try some new activities with the children. To get out more as a family, to parks, museums and beaches. To combine outdoor activities and indoor activities to make interesting Sundays and plans for the summer holidays too.
On Sunday we head to the DinoJaws exhibit at Leeds Royal Armouries, partly because C loves dinosaurs and party because we had never taken the children to the Royal Armouries. Also because although I’m from Leeds I’d never been to the Royal Armouries either.
Entry to the Royal Armouries is free, they do welcome donations and suggest that £3 would be a good donation to make. Whilst you are in the armouries there are a number of fee paying such as the Crossbow shooting range (£3) and the children’s play room (£2.50) and various guns to ‘fire’ (£1). So you can end up spending a bit of money if you choose to. We tried a gun and the crossbow range and didn’t think either activity was overpriced. Plenty of interesting exhibits to look around and great views out over the canals, perfectly for spying on canal boats and people spotting!
DinoJaws is a temporary exhibit and runs from 3rd June 2014 to the 7th September 2014 and the opening hours are from 10am to 6pm. We got there just after it opened on a Sunday morning and it was quiet. The exhibit features moving dinosaurs with facts and activities. There are games and interactive exhibits to enjoy as you go round and each child receives an activity pack to complete during their visit which helps you to keep them engaged and to get the facts about what you are seeing. You can even touch a dinosaur poo, this appealed to C who is 5 and amused by toilet humour!
LissyLou is 3 and was quite scared of the dinosaurs because they do roar and the whole exhibit is quite dark. The scariest part is saved until last and the roars of the T-Rex combine with the floor shaking which is scary but cool.
I liked the lego building area and the colouring stations along with the fossil digging pits and a dinosaur books area for a spot of reading.
The price on the door is £6.95 each for over 3′s but you can get your tickets in advance online for £5.95 per ticket.
We felt that the charge wasn’t unreasonable especially when you get a dinosaur handstamp so that you can re-enter later the same day. We had a really good long morning and will definitely go back again in the future. The only real downside is that the car park is reasonably expensive, just bear it in mind and try to go in one car if going with family or friends!