This weekend we went to Jurassic Kingdom in Philips Park, Manchester. Check out the photos and video below to see what we got up to. The event is on in Manchester until 23rd July, before it goes on to Blackpool, Glasgow, Newcastle and Leeds. So if you’re thinking of going with your children for a family day out, check out the Jurassic Kingdom 10 top tips at the end of this article.
Jurassic Kingdom Manchester
Despite the rainy weather, we had a great morning out at Jurassic Kingdom. We met up with a group of friends who all have three-year-olds (three and a quarter year olds to be more precise!) and they all seemed to enjoy it. I’ve heard a few mixed reviews of Jurassic Kingdom, but I think for the younger children it’s worth a visit. But saying that, my husband and I also enjoyed it so if you’re a big kid at heart you may well like it too!
Jurassic Kingdom, Manchester, 10 top tips
- Get a discount voucher. We found a discount code when we booked our tickets which knocked 20% off the price and made it more affordable. Have a look online to see if there are any codes still available.
- Take refreshments. There are a few food and drink stalls around the park, but there’s not a huge choice and what’s there is expensive (£1.50 for a bottle of water and £2.50 for an ice cream). We took a picnic and rugs, which turned out to be a good idea as there aren’t that many benches or seats around.
- Wear wellies. We’ve had some great weather recently, but unfortunately it was really rainy when we went – which meant lots of mud!
- Know where to park. You can park for free at the Etihad Stadium. Look out for Gate 2, which is also signposted as the ticket office and Manchester City store. The car park is opposite Philips Park, on the other side of the road.
- Take your time. There are about 30 dinosaurs to see and we spent a good couple of hours there. I imagine if you didn’t take it all in and have a good explore you could whizz round it pretty quick though.
- Take the ramp. When you cross the road from the Etihad car park to Philips Park, there are a few steps down to the park, which is tricky if you’ve got a buggy or wheelchair. Walk a few steps further though and there’s a ramp.
- Toilets. There are portaloos around the park, so don’t worry about that!
- Extra cash. There’s a virtual reality experience and a dinosaur ride, both of which you have to pay extra for. There’s also a merchandise stall selling things like t-shirts and toys.
- Have a nosey without paying. If you don’t want to splash out on a ticket, there are some dinosaurs in the park which is open to the public before you get to the ticketed section.
- Take your camera. There are lots of fun photo opportunites around the exhibition!
For more details and to see if the Jurassic Kingdom tour is coming near you, check out the organiser’s website.
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