Sunday, July 26, 2009

Dino Mountain at the San Diego Wild Animal Park

Part 1
Dino Mountain at the San Diego Wild Animal Park

Because of the sheer size of the San Diego Wild Animal Park, I’m going to break up my posts about our Adventure today in to three posts. I wanted to start with the special event occurring now through September 7th. If you have a Dinosaur fan in your household, this is absolute must see! Hopefully, the weather will cool down a bit before the exhibit ends, because the heat at the park today was definitely a challenge with young kids… (As we got in to the car at 1:30pm to leave the park, we clocked the temperature outside at an anything but cool 102 degrees!!!)

Because of our recent membership purchase, we got a discount for entry in to the Dino Mountain area. I was a bit skeptical at first, (I must admit) as to whether it was really going to be worth the extra $3/person ($4 for non-members) to enter the special exhibit, but I was pleasantly surprised! What is not captured in the pictures is the realistic movement of the Dinosaurs and the sounds each of them made. Very cool!

The exhibit was nicely tucked away under tree cover and provided a nice escape from the trees. Just beware for the spitting Dinosaur! Each of the kids was given a small passport to collect the stamps of the different Dinosaurs they saw along the path. This is a great educational bonus, because it really encourages the kids to not just look at the Dinosaurs, but associate the names with them. It caused them to really stop and pay attention to each Dinosaur.

I am very glad we made this our first stop for the day, because as the day went on, the heat became a major factor/challenge. Be sure to dress in very light clothing, bring plenty of water (unless you want to pay $4 a bottle. Yes, it is a large bottle of water though.) and as always, be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen!

Stay tuned over the next couple of days for Part II.
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JLC July 27, 2009 at 9:35 AM  

I miss the WAP. When I lived in SD, I had an annual membership and would go each week with the stroller and walk around one section. The next week I would go to a different area. Try going in early morning or evening. The animals are more active at those times.

Katie July 27, 2009 at 9:41 AM  

It was very neat, but we've been havinga heatwave, so there were a lot of the paths on the hillside that were just to hot for the kids (eventhough it was 10 am!).

We've got our passes though and plan on going back to do more exploring when this heatwave stops!

I loved all the waterfalls and other water features though... pretty cool! :)

Sherry July 27, 2009 at 7:34 PM  

That sounds like a lot of fun!


Amy @ The Q Family July 28, 2009 at 1:17 PM  

This looks like it will be a hit for my kids.

Thanks for visiting The Q Family. I love your blog and definitely will subscribe to get the latest things to do in OC. We will be there in Nov. :)

Katie July 28, 2009 at 1:26 PM  

November is a fantastic time to be out here. Parks aren't busy, lot's of events going on. My favorite time around here!

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