Dinosaur Hunters…in London

Dinosaurs at #CrystalPalacePark 

It seems that all little kids dabble in dinosaur-obsession at one point or another…I think it has a lot to do with George Pig! My now 4-year-old son is currently fascinated with the things so we are often reading about them, colouring them in, dressing up and doing our best impression of a T.Rex.

We’ve been to the Jurassic Coast (Dorset) many times, armed with buckets and spades, in the vain hope that we will unearth a fossil of some (any) description, but alas, ’twas not meant to be- funny that!

Not to worry, there’s dinosaur hunting to be done closer to home. On Sunday – as part of our Screen Free Sunday routine- we hopped out of bed, threw on some clothes and jumped in the car. A short drive and we hit Crystal Palace Park. Now, I know CPP as a rather ugly sports venue that plays host to the annual Youth Games, but the other side of the park was a real find!

It felt like a country park to me, with open green space, lakes, old tress to climb on and rocks to clamber over and, dotted around and amidst the lakes and bushes were (I want to say life-size but I don’t know- so, big) dinosaurs. The kids really enjoyed looking for the dinosaurs, finding them and making up names and stories about them. We had a lovely long walk around the park and they hardly even noticed!

It was a Heritage Open Day on Sunday so there were tours, talks, outdoor theatre and activities going on – we stumbled upon all of this by accident but will definitely look out for next year’s Open Day and make sure it’s in the diary.

There are lots of other things to do at CPP. Take a pedalo for a spin on the lake (£4 adults, £2 children, £10 family), put your palaeontologist hat on and dig for fossils in the sandpit, or have a generally fun time in the dino-themed play area. There is a rather impressive new cafe being built but in the meantime they have a van selling all sorts of nice things (and delicious coffee). The loos are a bit of a letdown but, on the upside, parking is free on Thicket Road and there is a small car park.

Deffo a good park for Autumn walks and, with all those horse chestnut trees, I can see us becoming regulars!

Enjoy! Amy x


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