A few weeks ago, Caitlyn celebrated her seventh birthday. Seven years since I gave birth to the biggest surprise of my life and I always say that she has surprised me everyday since. Her rosebud lips gave her a smiling expression from the moment that she was born. She is confident, truly independent and full of fun (although not always smiling nowadays). She does like to get her own way and can be very stubborn (I don't know who she follows...). She is intelligent, caring and loves making new friends.
We went to the Dinsoaur Park, Tenby, to celebrate her birthday...
It took us slightly longer to drive there as we travelled on the same day as Iron man took place and there were some road closures. The extra journey was worth it though as the park was quieter than usual because of the road disruptions. It was lovely having the park more or less to ourselves.
Beware- dinosaurs may bite!
We paid £9.95 for adults and £9.25 for children. Double and quid seasons can be purchased too and make great value if you buy them at the beginning of the year. I am very tempted for next year! Up to date opening times and prices can be found here.
Once you pay the entry fee all of the rides are free, bar some arcade machines and the orbiters and mini quads which are powered by 2p machines (you can bring a bag from the change jar with you but there are change machines too).
We always try to go on the Dinosaur Walk first, then play after our picnic but the kids usually end up having a play before the walk.
Sadly, we arrived too late for the fossil hunting, so we will definitely arrive earlier next time as the kids love this part and have respectable fossil collections at home. We'd love to go Fossil Hunting in Lyme Regis, Dorset, and Fossil Park, Ohio or Dinosaur Valley State Park, Texas, in the USA one day- how amazing would that be?
Danny was straight on the Dino Cross Bow Shooting- that boy sure loves a target game! Everyone else played too and it really is fun.
The mini quads were popular as well, both with adults and children alike.
Then it was finally time for the Dinosaur Trail- roar!
It's a lovely family woodland walk. The big kids run on ahead but know to stop at each sign and wait for us to catch up (hiding behind trees and jumping out on us is always fun too, of course!).
As well as dinosaurs, you may see sheep and cows in the distant fields. We have also spotted pheasants in the past, as well as dragonflies, butterflies, ladybirds and bees. It's such a pretty wildlife walk.
When we got to the sleeping dinosaur, the Abrictosaurus, we had a very sad birthday girl. Mr C. had decided it would be fun to hide and jump out on her! Caitlyn is usually the bravest of the three girls but on this occasion he accidentally scared her more than he meant to! Thankfully, after lots of hugs and reassurance, she was fine and running ahead again.
Jo and Cerys!
As well as looking all around, you also need to remember to look up when spotting dinosaurs!
It's safe to say that the Dilophosaurus is always our favourite dinosaur on the trail! You may get wet!
After the trail, it was back to playing!
The orbiters are great fun- really relaxing to sit back and relax in too! A great ride for us adults to "rest" on!
The "Tubey Ride" Slide was great fun- I need to get fitter to keep walking to the top though! As we found out every time each of the kids came down "You get wet!" It was brilliant though!
The kids (and Dave!) enjoyed the Dino Go Karts too.
The Disco Boats were always a favourite of mine when I was younger, so I love the chance to get back on them!
As you can see, Dave enjoyed Izzy driving him around on the Quads!
Jo on the quads too!
While I queued to go on the disco boats, I spotted Danny somersaulting on the trampolines.
Then it was time to "Walk on Water". The kids have done this lots but it was my first time. On busy days I prefer to let the kids have their turn, but as it was quiet Dave and I managed to go on too. It's hot, exhausting and hilarious. I was so weak as I just couldn't stop laughing. I felt like a hamster as Dave and I tried to crawl towards each other. Each time I tried to stand up I would tumble over again. At one point, I just lay defeated on my back giggling as I couldn't summon the energy to get up again! I can't wait to go on these again now!
Before going home, we played in the ourdoor play area, the Indoor Play Area and the arcade. Caitlyn looks far too happy after being eaten by a dinosaur!
We ran out of time to do everything so will definitely be back soon! The new Jurassic Journey looks great!
We stopped just before the Cleddau Bridge to cut Caitlyn's cake. As you can see, she was a lot happier with this years "Chocolate Dinosaur cake" than last years "Pinata Cake" (the sponges were glued together with Nutella, which she loves, as opposed to the "dreaded jam" - we live and learn).
Caitlyn danced as we sang to her- Izzy has her eye on the cake as usual!
It was a lovely day and we also went bowling for her birthday with Ceri and Lexy.
Now we have Rebecca's 9th birthday to look forward to!
Have you ever been to a Dinosaur Park? What was your favourite part?