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Dinosaur Party

If you read last week’s blog about Internet Ninjaneer Lisa’s Dino Lab birthday party, you’ll already know that dinosaur parties are our favourite kind of parties here at the Dinoverse! I mean, any party that involves dinosaurs is the best kind of party, don’t you think? You can incorporate dinosaur ideas into any party really, whether it’s a kids dinosaur birthday party, an adults New Year’s Eve party, or just to set a fun theme for a summer get together!

There are lots of really cool decorations on the internet you can shop for to use to bring dinosaurs to your party. You can shop Etsy for tons of cute dinosaur balloons, both shaped like dinosaurs, or dinosaurs printed on regular balloons. You can also decorate with a dinosaur banner, dinosaur garland, and different hanging decor. These options can really level up your dinosaur birthday party decorations!

Every dinosaur party needs cake! No matter if you are having adorable dino cupcakes, or a Jurassic sized cake, dinosaur cake and cupcake toppers are an easy way to decorate for your dinosaur party! For more complex decorations, you can use chocolate moulds to make chocolate dinosaurs or fossils to decorate with. Dinosaur sprinkles are pretty fun decorations too!

Of course you’ll need entertainment at your dinosaur party! There are lots of different dinosaur crafts you can make with the kids like dinosaur eggs (check out this blog for how to make them!). Playing dinosaur games is a lot of fun at a party too (read about our favourites here), and of course a dinosaur pinata is always a hit at a dinosaur party (see what I did there?). You can buy a pinata or make one yourself at home out of a balloon and lots of newspaper and glue; the internet is full of cool tutorials!

Last, but certainly not least, the dinosaur goodie bags! There are a plethora of dinosaur party favors out there. Dinosaur stickers are the perfect addition to any treat bag, as well as these vegan, chocolate dinosaur eggs from @spencerofalltrades. They even have tiny dinos inside! You can get dinosaur lollipops, little plastic dinos, dinosaur shaped crayons or wine glass charms. Everyone at your party will be really excited when they get to excavate their personal collection of dinosaur themed party bag to see the neat gifts you have filled it with!

A dinosaur party is definitely the theme I love best. Kara, Lead Illustrator for The Dinoverse, had a dinosaur themed wedding, so clearly dinosaurs aren’t just for kids birthday parties! All of us at The Dinoverse love to party Jurassic Style, and would love to see your dinosaur party photos! Send us an email or tag us with your pictures on Instagram! We would love to hear all about your dinosaur party! And don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter! You will hear about fun dino stuff, and even get a dinosaur treat on your birthday from Vester the Velociraptor!

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Dino Lab

I want to tell you about one of the greatest birthday parties I have ever been to. It was so much fun, and super educational too! And, yes, full of dinosaurs!

The funniest part of this story is that the birthday party wasn’t for a kid. Nope; it was for our Internet Ninja, Lisa! She decided that the best way to celebrate her birthday was with dinosaurs (obviously!), and so she booked us all to visit Dino Lab in Victoria, BC, Canada. When she first called them, they asked her twice if she was sure this was for an adult’s birthday; I guess back then (it was in the “before times”) it seemed unusual for adults to have a birthday party at Dino Lab. Tours, yes, birthday parties? Not so much.

Oh boy was it awesome! The two lovely people who met us in the shop to get us started for our tour knew everything about dinosaurs! They took us on the coolest tour, showing us many fossils, specimens, and even a giant T-Rex skull! There was so much to learn, and they were also incredibly patient with us. We all suddenly turned into 10 year old kids, asking a million questions a minute, and wanting to see everything. There was lots to touch, hold, and take pictures with; it was very exciting.

The next stop on our tour was the actual lab itself, where we all got to don lab coats and spend time with the tools, gently sanding away rock to try to expose real dinosaur fossils! This was very serious work! And also a little loud.

After we had a chance to grind away for a bit (unfortunately, none of us made any great discoveries), we went on to the party room, where we were met with a really fun dinosaur cake! Lisa blew out her candles all in one go (amazing!) and we had a really great time talking about all the cool dinosaur stuff we had just seen.

Our last stop before heading out was the gift shop. Everybody loves a gift shop, especially when it is full of dinosaurs! A few of us purchased stickers, some purchased art, and one person even bought an actual fossil! It was the best shopping spree ever! Fun Fact: The Dino Lab shop now has exclusive stickers from The Dinoverse that you can’t get anywhere else!

We had so much fun at the Dino Lab! If you haven’t been there yet, you really should put it on your list of things to do this summer. They have all different types of programs for kids and adults, including the opportunity to go on your own real dig! And if you haven’t guessed it yet, we here at The Dinoverse think Dino Lab birthday parties are definitely the best birthday parties!

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How To Make Dinosaur Eggs

Dinosaur eggs are a fun idea for a kids birthday party! They are really easy to make, and kids love to dig their little hands into the dinosaur egg to find the hidden treasure inside! We have a few jr. palaeontologists here at The Dinoverse, so of course I had to make dinosaur eggs!

I used two different diy recipes to see which one would work the best for our dinosaur egg party. Both of them use coffee grounds, salt and flour, so easy ingredients to find! The second recipe calls for sand, so I used purple craft sand. Of course dinosaurs and other little fossil treasure ideas for the kids to dig out are needed. It was super fun making these diy dinosaur eggs!

If you are like me, you brewed your morning coffee and then instead of putting the grounds in the compost, you saved them. If you aren’t a coffee drinker, or don’t have a coffee drinker in the house, that’s ok! Brew the coffee a few hours before you want to get started so both the grounds and the coffee have a chance to cool down before you use them. Get out a baking tray and line it with parchment paper. Then, when it’s time to start, get your hands in there! Mix everything together! It’s quite a fun sensory experience. We used pink craft sand that I bought at the dollar store, and it gave our Dinosaur eggs a lovely pinky-purple color! No one really knows exactly what color Dinosaur eggs really were, right?

One recommendation; don’t add all the liquid at once. We found that recipe 1 with the sand was REALLY hard to work with when all the water was added. We ended up adding more salt, sand, flour and coffee grounds just to be able to cover our little dinos. Recipe 2, however, needed more coffee! It was quite dry; that could have been because my grounds were a couple days old, and quite dry.

Once it’s all mixed up, start forming your Dinosaur eggs! Put a little mix into your hand. Place your tiny dino treasure in the center, and then cover it with more mix. Form it a bit to make sure the dino is hidden well, and then place it on your baking tray.

Once all your Dinosaur eggs are made, you have 2 options. You can bake your dinosaur eggs in the oven at 200° , or just leave them out for about a week to dry. We baked ours for about 45 min in the oven. They came out firm and holding together nicely, but still fairly soft. We decided to let them sit a few days, to see if they would dry out some more.

Recipe #1: With the Sand
This one turned out much softer overall and so would be the one to go for if you are making them for younger kids or toddlers. Our preschool Jr Palaeontologist had an easy time cracking into this one, and the look of awe and surprise when she saw the plastic dinosaur in the middle was awesome! The dough for this recipe was much harder to work with, and the dinosaur eggs didn’t look much like a traditional egg shape, but is that really the most important thing when you have a chance to excavate your own dinosaur?

Recipe #2: With Coffee
This one was much more difficult to get into. After baking for 45 min, and then drying out on the counter for a week, our Jr Palaeontologists had to use metal instruments to get into them. Thank goodness our assistants had a chisel and hammer close by! The bright side of that is it was a much more realistic experience for the older kids. They got to chip away for a bit, rather than cracking the egg right away. It took a bit more effort, and therefore the DInosaur reward was that much more egg-citing for them! This recipe was much easier to work with when making the eggs too, and a bit more egg-looking. It would be a great one for an older kids birthday party, as long as you had enough supervision for the tools (or maybe didn’t let them dry for quite as long)

Overall, this was a really fun activity. All our Jr Palaeontologists had a great time, excavating their dinosaur treasure from the eggs. We will definitely be doing this for a Dinosaur birthday party in the future. I highly recommend you give it a try if you have anyone who loves dinosaurs in your world! If you want to be notified when we have more exciting dinosaur activities on our blog, follow us on Instagram! And don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter to have Tatum, the Tyrannosaurus send you fun dinosaur stuff! You’ll even get a discount in The Dinoverse shop!

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Dinosaur Board Games

Dinosaur board games can be great fun for the whole family! There are so many options now for dinosaur board games too. You can get great games for lots of players, or, if you or your kids are more solo players, there are dinosaur board games available that you can play on your own. A dinosaur board game can help to teach kids to work together, to learn about different species of dinosaur, and can create great family memories. Here are a few of the dinosaur board games that we at The Dinoverse have found exciting and fun to play!

Happy Little Dinosaurs:
This dinosaur board game is our number one pick. All players get a card, and then try to survive the disasters that come their way – meteors, tar pits, even really bad haircuts. Players get points depending on how well they dodged the disaster. First player to 50 points wins! This Dinosaur board game is great for kids 8+, and also really fun for adults, and the best part? You can buy all sorts of expansion packs to make it even better!

Draftosaurus:
Make you own Jurassic Park with this Dinosaur board game! Players try to make the best park by placing their dinosaur meeples in pens around their park. The play is to do it in a way to get the most visitors! But not all dinosaurs can go into any pen! It’s a super fast game that will only take about 15 minutes to play, so you can play several rounds before players get board (see what I did there?). Players 8+ will enjoy this game of strategy.

Dinosaur Island:
Imagine if you could build your own version of Jurassic Park! That is what players get to do in Dinosaur Island. This Dinosaur board game is great for kids and adults alike. Players get to run their own park, create dinosaurs, and (hopefully) build an amazing park! Just watch out that the dinosaurs don’t start to eat the visitors!

Dinosaur Tea Party:
This is a tea party, but with Dinosaurs! If you have ever played “Guess Who”, you will know how to play this game quickly. It’s a game of deduction; you will ask questions like, “Are you wearing a hat”, to try to figure out who you are having tea with. It’s lots of fun for both older players and young kids too!

Dino World:
The best part about playing a dinosaur is getting to eat things. With this fun dinosaur card game, that’s exactly what you get to do! Players flip cards one at a time, the large dinosaurs “eat” the small dinosaurs, and whomever has eaten the most dinosaurs when the cards run out, wins! It’s fun for young kids as there isn’t really any strategy involved, just lots of fun.

Of course we can not talk about dinosaur board games without mentioning dinosaur meeples. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Meeples, they are cute little figures that you can buy to add to your board games in place of the regular figures. Dinosaur Meeples are the best Meeples, cause it means ALL your board games are dinosaur board games. Now when you play Monopoly, instead of a top hat, it’s dinosaurs that land on Park Place! That is the best way to play any game, if you ask me!

Before I sign off, here are a few honourable mentions. These are great dinosaur board games too, we just haven’t had the chance to try these adventures! If you have, pop on to our instagram page and let us know! We would love to hear how you liked them so we can try them too!

Raptor: Great for older players and adults
Sos Dino: Perfect for younger kids, ages 5+
Fossilis: For the budding palaeontologists!
Tiny Epic Dinosaurs: A fun game for strategy players!

Clearly dinosaur board games are the best board games. Whether you have lots of players or a single player, a dinosaur board game can make your afternoon an exciting adventure! Kids and adults alike will enjoy a good game of anything you choose when it has dinosaurs in it! I hope you enjoyed our list, and if there is something you haven’t tried yet, I encourage you to check it out!

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Dinosaur Jokes

Kids love dinosaur jokes. I love a good dinosaur joke too, and dinosaur puns are my favorite thing ever! Honestly, all puns are my favorite; I think it’s a mom thing. With the help of our junior palaeontologists, I have compiled a list of the best jokes and puns about dinosaurs. I hope you like them as much as we do!

Q: What do you get if you cross a dinosaur with a pig?
A: Jurassic Pork!

Q: Why do museums exhibit old dinosaur bones?
A: Because they can’t afford new ones!

Q: Who makes the best prehistoric reptile clothes?
A: A dino-sewer.

Q: What do you call a dinosaur that never gives up?
A: Try-try-try-ceratops!

Q: What do you call a dinosaur car accident?
A: Tyrannosaurus wreck!

Q: What should you do if you find a blue Dilophosaurus?
A: Try to cheer him up!

Q: Why did the Tyrannosaurus Rex cross the road?
A: Because the chickens hadn’t evolved yet.

Q: Scientists discovered a new dinosaur that is very intelligent.
A: It’s called a thesaurus.

Q: Do you know how long dinosaurs lived?
A: The same as short ones.

Q: What would happen if a 100-ton Brachiosaurus stepped on you?
A: You’d be deeply impressed.

Q: What is a dinosaur’s least favorite reindeer?
A: Comet!

Q: What dinosaur could jump higher than a house?
A: All of them. Houses can’t jump.

Q: Can a crappy dinosaur joke get a laugh?
A: You bet Jurassican.

Q: What do you call a dinosaur ghost?
A: A Scaredactyl.

Q: What do you get when a dinosaur sneezes?
A: Out of the way as fast as you can.

Q: What’s a dinosaur’s favorite quote?
A: “Jurassic times call for Jurassic measures!”

Q: Why did the Archaeopteryx catch the worm?
A: Because it was an early bird!

Q: How do you know if there is a dinosaur in your fridge?
A: The door won’t shut!

Q: What do you call a dinosaur who is a noisy sleeper?
A: A Tyranno-snorus!

Q: What do you call a smelly dinosaur fart?
A: An ex-stink-tion!

Q: What do you call a T-Rex who hates losing?
A: A saur loser.

Q: What sport is a brontosaurus good at?
A: Squash

Q: Do you think anything could tricera-top these dinosaur puns?
A: I dino what to tell you, but probably not.

Q: What do you call a short spiky dinosaur that’s fallen down the stairs?
A: Ankle-is-sore-us.

Q: What do you get if you cross a T- rex with explosives?
A: Dino-mite.

Q: What do you call a dinosaur that asks a lot of deep questions?
A: A Philosiraptor.

Q: What is found in the middle of dinosaurs?
A: The letter S.

Q: What’s the best thing to do if you see a T-Rex?
A: Hope he doesn’t see you.

Q: Which dinosaur had to wear glasses?
A: Tyrannosaurus specs.

I hope you had a great laugh as you read our list of dinosaur jokes and puns! If we have missed any of your favorite jokes about dinosaurs, please share them with us on instagram!

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Dinosaur Movies For Kids

Kids love dinosaur movies. Honestly, big kids love movies about dinosaurs too, but it’s generally when you are younger that you first learn to love the dinosaur world. A kid’s imagination is prime for great things like a T-Rex having a fight with a brontosaurus, or a Troodon as a train conductor. It all seems perfectly realistic. Dinosaur movies can also have a big impact on a kid’s life. Our Lead Illustrator, Kara, remembers quite fondly the experience of going to see the highly rated Jurassic Park with her dad. It was scary, but still the best! It’s this memory that started her love of Dinosaurs, and eventually specialising in Dinosaur art! Dinosaur movies for kids have been made for many years. Now that we have services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, there is no shortage of new dino movies to take us on a journey back in time. These dinosaur movies are among our favourites. Obviously any movie with a dinosaur is a good one, but these ones in particular are the movies that rated the prime spot in our movie collection.

The Land Before Time (1988):
This dinosaur kids movie is overall our staff’s top pick. No matter who I talked to, everyone loves this movie. Not only is it beautifully animated, but it’s a lovely story. It’s a wonderful story about friends who make an important journey, meeting new friends along the way. There are many sequels, but the first one is definitely the best rated. You can usually find this dino movie on Amazon Prime.

We’re Back! A Dinosaur Story (1993):
If you want an animated dinosaur movie filled with big names, this is the dino movie for you! Produced by Steven Spielberg, it’s filled with the voices of people like John Goodman and Martin Short. Some really smart dinosaurs come to help two lonely kids in New York City, and adventures ensue. Also, trouble. It’s a lot of good hearted fun that both kids and parents will love. You can try Amazon Prime or Apple TV for this one.

The Good Dinosaur (2015):
Pixar is well known for its top rated animated kids movies, and this dinosaur movie is no different. Journey back in time to join a young dinosaur and his human friend as they trek to find Arlo the dinosaur’s parents. It’s heartwarming and fun, and since it’s Pixar, you are likely to find it on Disney Plus.

Jurassic Park:
Of course no dinosaur movie list would be complete without this one! I’m sure just about every dinosaur lover has seen at least one version; either the original 1993 version, based on the book by Michael Crichton, or the 2015 reboot of the franchise, Jurassic World. Although it might be a little too intense for younger kids, the older kids will love it! All your favorite dinosaurs will be there. And can you imagine? A theme park, full of dinosaurs? What could be more amazing? Well, as the cliche goes, “I’ve seen the end of this movie, and it doesn’t end well…” Still, the journey through this prime rated park is probably one of the best times you’ll have in a dinosaur movie! (Also, if you are a Jurassic fan, check out our Rexy and Blue stickers! I believe they actually are really good friends!)

Before I pop myself a big bowl of popcorn and head to my couch for dinosaur movie night, here are our list of honourable mentions! You might want to check these dinosaur movies for kids out too!

Honourable Mentions:
Dinosaur Train: The Movie (2021)
Walking With Dinosaurs (2013)
Bob the Builder: The Big Dino Dig (2011)
Dinosaur (2000)

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Dinosaur Pokemon

Dinosaur Pokemon are clearly the best Pokemon. To be clear, anything dinosaur is the best. Nintendo was smart to create dinosaur pokemon for us dinosaur lovers! Although there isn’t a specific Dinosaur type in Pokemon, many of the video game characters are clearly based on our favorite Pangea pals. For more dinosaur artwork you can always check out the shop! Here are our favorite dinosaur Pokemon so you can get your video game on, dinosaur style!

Tyrantum: Styled after what scientists think the T-Rex looked like, this guy is a rock and dragon type Pokemon. Sporting a white collar around its neck, there’s also a crown of golden spikes around Tyrantum’s head. With the ability of giga impact, this dinosaur Pokemon is clearly a king of the ring!

The Tyrantum dinosaur Pokemon

Meganium: A super chill Pokemon! If you need a rest, this is the dinosaur Pokemon for you! Resembling the sauropod, this guy is fairly docile and is the peacemaker of the video game. The large pink flower petals around Meganium’s neck releases an aroma that calms aggressive feelings. Meganium’s breath also has the power to revive dead grass and plants. This dinosaur Pokemon can even affect those who stand nearby.

The Meganium dinosaur Pokemon

Tyranitar: This dinosaur Pokemon is a monster! It has two sets of pointed teeth and several spikes protruding from its head, neck and shoulder. Tyranitar also has a ring of spikes on the tip of its tail. This dinosaur Pokemon is extremely strong, and is always looking for a battle. If you want the toughest dinosaur Pokemon, Tyranitar is the one for you! 

The Tyranitar dinosaur Pokemon

Aerodactyl: A pterosaurian, bipedal dinosaur Pokemon, Aerodactyl has serrated fangs and a ferocious attitude. It is able to effortlessly rip out enemy parts regardless of armour, especially steel-type Pokemon. Aerodactyl glides through the sky by spreading its wings. It likes to nest in the mountains where it enjoys safety and seclusion. 

The Aerodactyl dinosaur Pokemon

This is just a taste of the many dinosaur Pokemon out there! Nintendo has heard our call and is always adding new dinosaur Pokemon to their video game!