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Review: Dinosaur Babies at Cardiff Museum.

When I was younger the greatest thrill for me was heading into Birmingham town centre to visit the museum. I'd always drag my mom to see the enormous dinosaur and when it began to move and roar I'd hide behind her! Still, I loved that dinosaur, it was like stepping back in time to a world we can only imagine, and that's pretty magical.

George and Molly have followed in my footsteps and they show a big interest in dinosaurs, and from Warren they've gained an interest in fossils and the discovery of these creatures. We were so excited to hear about Dinosaur Babies coming to Cardiff Museum, and we were even more chuffed when we were invited along to check it out…

Even before you enter the building there are hints everywhere that dinosuars have definitely come to pay Cardiff a visit!

Located on the main floor of the building on the right side of the main hall, Dinosaur Babies is in a world of its own.  We entered and immediately everyone wandered off, excited to see the different elements around the room, until… Well, until they saw it. The dinosaur staring, moving and roaring. They giggled a little and held back, and it reminded me of my own childhood, the fear and fascination muddled together creating an excitement in the pit of your stomach!

This element was enough for me to be drawn into the world of baby dinosaurs, but there was so much more to be enthralled by...

There was a lot of interesting information, and I really liked how it was targeted at both children and adults. For a child-friendly exhibition, it was encouraging to see that most things (nothing behind glass nor the moving dinosaurs) were available for the children to touch. So many places encourage families to attend but end up being filled with 'do not touch' signs, it can be so disheartening when you're out and about with inquisitive children.

So, George and Molly (and Warren and I!) got stuck in, there's a lot to see and a lot to do. I love how it leads you to the back of the exhibition where there's a large space for children to explore, create and play. I loved the little booklets available for the children to fill out, as well as the magnetic wall, the dino jigsaw and of course, the fantastic fossil site!

I think it would be very easy to spend a morning or afternoon here with little ones due to the exploration area at the back. George and Molly ended up dipping in and out of the exhibition and the play area, and when it was time to go they didn't want to leave. 

There's a lot to see and learn, and to do together as a family; it's completely fascinating and I'd highly recommend visiting whilst you can.

Tickets are £7 for an adult, £3 for a child or £17/13 for a family depending on size. The exhibition is running until 5th November 2017.

Disclosure: I received free entry in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

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