A Day In The Life: Thunder Creek at the Dinosaur Place & Nature’s Art

by Jennifer on September 3, 2012

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Last week I shared all about the fun day we had at The Dinosaur Place in Oakdale, Ct. but there was so much to share that I decided to share the indoor activities for a separate post.

After visiting the Nature’s Art Shops and indoor activities, I realized that this is a great rainy day option (as well as an any day fun place!) Naturally, you an spend plenty of time exploring their shop because they have so many amazing items but you know your kids want some hands-on activities. This trip we opted for ‘Thunder Creek’.

But first, some ice cream…..I had a coffee milkshake. Naturally, I did squats while sipping (not).

While they took their time with their ice cream, I went back to the car for some pain management and relaxation. Oy!

Cooling off on a hot day…..

Time to suit up!

Then they were shown how to pan for nuggets…

Then they did some panning….


We know for sure that the next indoor activity we are tackling is the Jackpot Mine as the kids were so excited to see the gems and stones in the Minerals & Fossil Gallery that we ended up spending close to the same amount buying them a few stones. They would have such good time identifying the items they dig up all by themselves.

We had a roaring good time!


Jennifer Burden @WorldMomsBlog September 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm

As I’m waiting for my peanut butter cup mixture to chill, I’m poking about your site, and I see this — we’ve totally been there and it was great! When we made the trip, we also went to the Connecticut Dinosaur State Park. Have you been there? It has a very large section of fossilized dinosaur footprints. Also, I just found a dino shirt for girls in the girls section of Target! (We usually have to shop for our dino gear in the boys section!)

Also, different to the CT theme park, a dino park just opened up in New Jersey, where we live. It’s called “Field Station: Dinosaurs”. It is like the place you went to, but the dinosaurs are robotic, and your kids may like it! But, I think the best dino thing out there is that dinosaur show that tours, something like Dinosaurs Alive!, I think. We saw it in NYC a few years ago, and it was pretty fantastic!

Ok, my 10 mins of peanut butter chill time are up!

Jen 🙂

Jennifer September 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Hi Jennifer! I am so happy you enjoyed your visit to CT. I am all nervous hoping the cps come out just right for you!!!

Jennifer Burden @WorldMomsBlog September 8, 2012 at 4:11 pm

They came out fantastic! Thank you!
I will go over to that post of yours on the nut butter cups to tell you how it was!

Jen 🙂

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