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    very friendly experience. the granddaughters REALLY enjoyed the water area(warm weather ) and the dino walk. the dinos look amazing. inside, the rock hound areas with the “gold” panning sluce and dig are cool. the shops have an interesting enough selection of rocks, minerals and semi-precious stones to keep a jaded old rockhound like me enthralled. on the antiques side, the grand kids weren’t as interested, but grandma and I enjoyed the selection and variety. the museum, it is a wonder. the displays are interesting and the explanations were informative. probably our favorite in this was the period Chris Craft steam powered runabout. this is in a restoration process. it looks like a small version of the African Queen (anyone remember that boat?). we will be back.

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    This place was very cool looking, and seemed like a cool place to take my son when he was a small child. The gift shop was mindblowingly cool, but also mindblowingly expensive. However at every turn, this place seemed like they were more interested in finding new ways to get your money (especially at the “Discovery Depot”), than they were in providing an educational experience. They even get you at the snack bar. This was when my family was in much more difficult economic circumstances.Now that we are in better circumstances, we will not be going back. Since the last time we visited, the Connecticut Science Center opened in Hartford. It’s a much better value to drive there (the Science Center, which has a safe parking garage despite being in Hartford) for a truly engrossing fun and affordable educational experience, than to hang around here (Dinosaur Place/Nature’s Art) and get fleeced in the name of keeping your kids happy. Judging by some of the reviews, and the pricing on the Dinosaur Place website, not much seems to have changed since my family visited a few years ago!Lower the prices, hire a few more employees, and watch the buying customers increase dramatically.

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    WOW! Just WOW!!! How have I never been to this gem?!?!? I took my boys, 3 and 6, and I was blown away. I’ll have to admit the $19.99 price tag had me a little intimidated after reading some reviews and I almost didn’t go because of that BUT…. I am SO glad I went. The $19.99/person price is amazing. It is far less than you would spend at a day at Lake Compounce, Six Flags, and even Quassy. Yes this is a full day place to be if your children love to walk and run (whose don’t!?!?) and amble through a maze that ends with going in a t-rex’s mouth to go down a slide, walk around in a very large splash pad, play on a creative playground, watch a volcano erupt, and go in a moon bounce equipped with a slide. The dinosaurs were huge and so fun for the kids to spot. Not only did it have all these features plus kid friendly food, the grounds were spotless an beautiful. I would swear this park was BRAND NEW. That is how it felt, that is how it looked, and that is how it was maintained. The staff was friendly, the food was great the fun was awesome. After the park we meandered over to the shops and dug for gems in the mine (they also have panning for gold) for an additional fee but well worth the fun. We were there from 12-5 and only left because I wanted to try and beat the traffic home. We could have easily stayed all day and then some. Thanks for the fun. Hoping to return before school starts again. Wish you were closer to Newtown! If you have a child that loves dinosaurs, nay if you have a young child and you haven’t gone- GO! You are missing out!

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    Just spoke with these guys, to access all the activities they offer at this place they offer a deal, 47.00+ for my child, then they will take a dollar off admission for adults. Much better deal for the Science Center where every activity is always included. I can see chrging more for a show or something, but to seperste their so called park up, then charge additional fees is robbery. Hpoe they close soon!

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    This place was cool when you could take a nice walk through the woods, look at dinosaurs, and not pay an arm and a leg. Now, the kids want to spend all their time on the playground and the splash pad, which gives Mom and Dad time to think about what else a family of four can do for $100.