Adventures

Dinos After Dark…

** I was not compensated  for this post. I received admission for review purposes. The opinions are completely based on my own experience.**

 

The Phoenix Zoo is one of my all time favorite places to visit! I have been bringing my boys to enjoy family days here since before they could walk! Boo is always asking me if we can have a ZOO day! I try to take him at least twice a month… My son has Autism, Speech Apraxia and Severe Developmental Delays. He is mostly non verbal and struggles to get out complete sentences. However, when we are at the zoo and are surrounded by all the amazing and beautiful animals, he is inspired to speak more! He loves to take Mama by the hand and tell me all about the different animals and birds…. The joy in my heart as I listen to him making an effort to be more vocal is something I am ever grateful to the wonderful Phoenix Zoo for…

He was thrilled for days about attending Dinos After Dark at the zoo this week and excitedly marked down the days on his calendar! It’s always a novelty to take a trip to the zoo in the evening and this was so much fun for both of us!

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As we made our way to the traveling exhibit, Dinosaurs In The Desert, Boo delighted in seeing the fun lights decorating the zoo! He was chattering away about all the colors and he was all smiles when we saw a dinosaur made out of holiday lights!

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Before entering the self guided tour into the land of the lost, Boo was thrilled to be given his choice of several dinosaur trading cards and an awesome field journal as a keepsake and to help us learn about the dinos on display!

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Boo had a great time playing archeologist and digging out dinosaur bones to explore!

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This experience was absolutely amazing in my opinion! Boo was THRILLED,  but as an adult…. I really thought it was fantastic! The detail and thought that went into each dinosaur is truly wonderful! They moved and sounded so real! I’m so happy to have shared this fun learning experience with my son!

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dinosaurs, phoenix zoo

After exiting the exhibit area, we were greeted by wonderful family activities!  It was such a relaxed and fun atmosphere!  Boo was intrigued by the Jurassic Park  SUV and Jeep! He kept asking me if we could sell my Corolla and get one ! LOL

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One thing I love about events like this is meeting new people! We were blessed to meet Darren and London Stokes. They are the creative and imaginative designers of a really cool Dino boardgame– DinoMight! This is a must have item for anyone who loves Dinos!  You can find them on Facebook @DinoMightCardGame

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After having a nice chat with Darren and London, we headed over to the dance area! Boo couldn’t stop giggling and laughing at the sight of a T-Rex dancing away in the Arizona sunset!! We couldn’t stay long  because loud noises bother Boo (Autism) but the Phoenix Zoo really thought of everything because there were plenty of quiet stations for us to explore and do fun activities together!

In one of these quieter stations was a Learn to draw Dinos station with an actual artist! Boo took my hand and pulled me towards the station. A group was gathered  being shown fun drawing techniques. My son opted to sit in the back– all those people were a little overwhelming for him but he happily started drawing a picture of the dancing T-rex we had just seen. I was asked if we wanted to move closer so I quietly explained Boo has special needs and preferred to not be in the bigger crowd. Soon the artist came over and introduced himself to us and asked my son if he could sit with him… My heart was full of joy  to see this stranger give such kindness to my son. He patiently helped Boo learn to draw a Dino and was so sweet to him. He did not have to take the time to do a one on one demo with my son and yet he did…. I am a very grateful Mama … Check out this artists brilliant work at JayFotos.com

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dinosaurs, art, phoenix zoo

We had such a wonderful time at the event Dinos After Dark and look forward to more fun activities at The Phoenix Zoo! For all my local readers, I highly recommend a visit to Dinos After Dark!

I’d love to hear from my readers…. If you could visit a real Jurassic Park– would you?? 🙂

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322 Comments

  1. What a beautiful experience for you and your son. Jurassic Park brings me back to my childhood and the excitement and fear that the movie encapsulated.

    1. Thank you so much Dana! I grew up loving those movies too! 🙂

  2. How fun what a fun family activity to do together

    1. Hi Angelika! It really was a fun time for all.:)

  3. What a fun place for a family adventure. Thanks for telling us about this.

    1. Your welcome Sandi! It’s a fabulous family activity!

  4. Marjie Mare

    I enjoy whenever I go someplace with my kids and have as much fun as them. I can tell you had a great time. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    1. Thanks Marjie! I had such a fun time with my son! 🙂

  5. I love this!!! Not only am I an avid Jurassic Park fan, my two-year-old’s love for dinosaurs is rivaled only by puppies. This looks like it was an incredibly wonderful time for you both. Excellent review. I want to go!!!!

    1. Thanks so much Emily! I’m sure that you and your little one would love this exhibit so much! 🙂

  6. This is the most amazing zoo I’ve seen in a long time. Have you ever been to Universal Studios? It reminds me of that more than just a zoo. Those dinosaurs would get ME excited! Glad Boo enjoyed it!

    1. Thanks so much Ching! We went to Universal Florida last May but I haven’t been to Universal in California since I was about 9 or 10 years old…. defiantly time for another trip there !! 🙂

  7. What an awesome evening. My granddaughter would have freaked at drawing with an artist. She lives to draw or so it seems. I would rather take 2 of my grandsons though. I think they have something from the spectrum, although, I don’t truly understand it. Loud noises, crowds, oh my a thunderstorm cause melt downs and they learn differently. Anyhoo, this zoo trip would have been amazing for them. The dinosaurs look so real and so many different ones. The creative one made of lights and the festive trees. Digging for bones… The Phoenix Zoo covered that boom! I’d like to see the zoo also. Writing this down as the fam takes many trips for the kiddos.

    1. Hi Gladys! I’m sure your grandchildren would absolutely love visiting here! It was such a really cool learning experience!! 🙂

  8. Dinos after dark sounds like a great event, the Phoenix Zoo looks great for having some amazing fun activities. I would love to see the T-rex dance…hehe. Otherwise, I would be scared to visit the real Jurassic Park.

    1. Hi Preet! It was so fun to see them trying to dance around!! 🙂

  9. OMG! this place looks so much fun! i my niece would kill for it for sure. and I would have tons of there as well. Dinos are cool!

    1. Thanks so much!! 🙂

  10. A zoo full of dinosaurs rather than captive animals is my kind of zoo. This looks like A lot of fun. My nephew would love it

    1. Hi Helen 🙂 I’m sure your nephew would absolutely love the dinosaurs!

  11. Great pictures and review! Looks like such a cool place and a great day for dino lovers!

    1. Thanks so much Rachel! 🙂

  12. I never seen ZOO like this. I’d love to visit something like this. It looks like you have had a great time. I have seen the movies too and I loved it. This must be cool experience 🤩

    1. Hi Marcela! It was really such a cool experience for us! 🙂

  13. Oh wow, this sounds like such an awesome event! And how amazing that the zoo brings out so much in your son, that’s great you have a special place like that for you both. We haven’t taken my boys to the zoo yet, but want to go soon!

    1. Hi Stephanie! You will absolutely love taking them to the zoo! It one of our fave family activities! 🙂

  14. Elizabeth O

    This looks like such a lovely place for anyone who loves Dinosaurs or Jurassic Park. It looks like you both had an awesome time, your photos are lovely.

    1. Thank you so much Elizabeth! 🙂

  15. Kansas

    Oh my gosh, I really wished we lived closer because my kids love dinos! They would absolutely LOVE to do this. I don’t know what they’d love the best but what kid doesn’t like playing in the dirt and finding bones. What an amazing trip you guys had.

    1. Hi Kansas! Boo absolutely adored digging around to uncover dinosaur bones!! 🙂

  16. This looks like a very cool exhibit! I love our local zoo, The Cincinnati Zoo. If you ever make it to our neck of the woods, you should check it out.

    1. Thanks Angel! I’ve heard that zoo is totally awesome! 🙂

  17. Wow, what a super cool exhibit! It looks like the Phoenix Zoo ‘spared no expenses’ setting up this exhibit (couldn’t resist a Jurassic Park joke). To answer your question, I would go to an actual Jurassic Park in a heartbeat! For now, an exhibit like Dinos after Dark would suffice. Happy to hear you guys had so much fun!

    1. Hi Jen!! hahaha I LOVE your joke! We had such a fun time at this event! 🙂

  18. Kristy Bullard

    My kiddos would love this! Is it scary at all after dark? Would it be ok for a 5 year old?

    1. Hi Kristy! Not scary at all and I saw lots and lots of littles… We got there right at 6pm when it opened so it was really not too dark until we were leaving…. With your little one I would suggest getting there right at 6 if you have tickets or a wee bit earlier if you need to buy them at the gate. He will have a grand time before it actually gets dark…

  19. Now this sounds like such a fun experience, I mean who doesn’t love getting to learn more about dinos.

    1. Hi Sarah! It was definitely a cool experience!

  20. Meghna

    Wow! This looks wonderful. Must be a thrilling experience.

    1. Hi Megan! We had a great time! 🙂

  21. We haven’t been to the zoo in awhile. I do enjoy going to see the animals as much as the kids do I think. I think the extinct dinosaurs at a zoo is a full idea and would love to see that here. That’s the best of both worlds.

    1. Thanks so much Rose! We had a lovely time here! 🙂

  22. My family hasn’t been to the zoo in awhile. We do enjoy seeing th animals though. I love that you have a dinosaur exhibit with the live animals. That’s like the best of both worlds.

    1. Hi Rose! It absolutely was! Boo loved seeing the lions after we saw the Dinosaurs! 🙂

  23. Phoenix Dino’s Zoo looked like a lot of fun, it’s so cold in Ireland I can’t wait for Spring x

    1. Thanks Wendie! I’m so jealous your in Ireland! It’s definitely on my bucket list! 🙂

  24. Deb

    This looks fantastic! I know a lot of attractions are making better use of the evening hours and hosting special evening events, but the ones I have seen are all indoors. This looks like it was a great opportunity. My kids would love to meet a real cartoonist and get tips!

    1. Thanks so much Deb! 🙂

  25. That looks like an exciting family adventure, i have always had a thing for Jurassic park and seeing this just makes me smile.

    1. Awww thanks so much Jossy! 🙂

  26. Oh my gosh that looks like a blast! I love zoos and I love when they do quirky exhibits like this <3

    1. Thanks Candice! We love these exhibits too! 🙂

  27. That looks like a ton of fun for the whole family. I know my niece and nephews would love to go to something like that.

    1. Thanks Luci! 🙂

  28. Pheonix Zoo look so interesting with all the different dinosaurs out there. They do look quite real and with the backdrop of Arizona desert plant, the pictures turn out to be quite stunning. I like how there is a hand on corner for visitors to dig and find out some bones.

    1. Thank you so much! We loved the beautiful Arizona landscaping as we walked along the with the Dinos! 🙂

  29. Oh how fun…it looks like you had a blast. This is definitely a place worth visiting.

    1. Thanks Holly! 🙂

  30. So that looked like the funnest day EVER!! The dinosaur displays were awesome and I liked that they also included interactive activities as well. I’m sure your son enjoyed his day at the zoo!

    1. Thanks so much Nicole!! 🙂

  31. I love how realistic the dinosaurs look. (So GLAD they are not!). Just seeing pictures and reading your narrative is inviting me to take my child there. The animals appear life like and the tropical floral will surely transport me to a different time in earths history.

    1. Thanks Evelyn! I hope that you have a lovely visit at the zoo! 🙂

  32. I can see why you and Boo make frequent trips to Phoenix Zoo, it looks awesome. I loved reading about the highlight of your most recent visit – Dinos after Dark. The expression on Boo’s face says it all!

    1. Aww… thanks so much Emily! 🙂

  33. My brothers would have LOVED to go to something like this when they were younger 🙂 heck, we still love dinosaurs now we’re all the wrong side of 25 haha! x

    1. LOL Becca! You should still go 🙂 Plus the Phoenix Zoo puts on lots of events that are awesome and just for adults such as Brew at the Zoo.

  34. This looks so fun! They looks like real dinos. I would love to bring my kids here someday.

    1. Thanks Jackie! I hope you get a visit with your kiddos! We LOVE this zoo! 🙂

  35. You are actually making me want to put Phoenix on my to do list I simply did not know that the city had that much to offer I was just recently on a layover at Sky Harbor next time I’m going to have to venture into the city

    1. Hi Patrick! Phoenix has so many amazing places to visit! I moved here when I was 18 and absolutely love it!

  36. I haven’t been to Phoenix Zoo. It looks like a fun place to visit with friends and family.

    1. Hi Emman! I think you will love it!

  37. Ah, this would be supremely awesome for two of my kiddos who are so into dinos! They’ve gone through seasons of being intensely interested to forgetting about them for awhile…but always come back to them with renewed gusto! This looks like amazing fun!

    1. Hi Amy! I hope you and your kiddos have a great time here exploring dinos! 🙂

  38. Ingrid

    It is wonderful that you are going to such lengths to immerse your son in this kind of habitat of this nature. Early education theorists like Rousseau and John Dewey for instance spoke of the importance of these kinds of experiences for cognitive development.

    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful response Ingrid! 🙂

  39. This looks like such an amazing place for kids to have fun! Even a an adult I would love to go there!

    1. Thanks Corina! I loved it as much as my son did!! 🙂

  40. Dino park sounds like an amazing time! I’m sure my nephews would love this place they’re obsessed with dinosaurs

    1. Hi Monique! I hope your nephews have a great time! 🙂

  41. This looks so fun! I bet my nephew would love to go to this someday. Great post 🙂

    1. Hi Jazmin! I’m glad you enjoyed reading!:)

  42. Jennifer Prince

    This looks like so much fun! I love it when zoos and other places (museums, too!) come up with creative events.

    1. Hi Jennifer! I love it when they do stuff like this too! 🙂

  43. Omg. My kiddo would love to see these dinosaurs as well. Looks like so much fun and entertaining.

    1. Thanks Calleigh! 🙂

  44. The place is wicked awesome and I think it’s something that the kids will definitely enjoy. It’s really cool to go to a place like this to have fun and learn more about dinosaurs!

    1. Hi AnnMarie! We thought it was pretty awesome too! 🙂

  45. Esme Sy

    Of course I would! Ever since the first movie, I’m really hoping to get to spend a whole day just mesmerizing at dinosaurs. This place looks so detailed with everything, I really like how they also make you participate like with the soil digging stuff.

    1. Hi Esme! It was so fun to feel like you were walking among dinosaurs! 🙂

  46. This looks like such a fun day!!! Glad you both had a great time!

    1. Thanks Naomi!:)

  47. Looks like a lot of fun! Definitely seems like a great place to take the family to!

    1. Thanks Lyn! 🙂

  48. My boys love dinos and going to the zoo. This would be an event that they would enjoy.

    1. Hi Tara! I’m sure they would love it! 🙂

  49. I didn’t even know this existed but i’m so glad you posted about it! My boys are obsessed with dinosaurs so next time we go out west we will check it out!

    1. Thanks so much Meghan! 🙂

  50. That looks super fun! I love when places do after dark events. I’m expecting a baby boy in May and can’t wait to see what type of stuff he is into!

    1. Hi Christina!! Congratulations on your new little one! 🙂

  51. Wow! this looks like so much fun, thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. You are very welcome Grace! 🙂

  52. Oh my goodness this looks like so much fun! I seriously hope my son likes dinosaurs when he gets a bit bigger!

    1. Hi Madison! I’m sure he will! 🙂

  53. This post really made my day. It’s amazing to read all about your sons reaction to the zoo and how the zoo had paid attention to kids with special needs. Definitely sounds like you guys had an awesome day 🙂

    1. Aww thank you so very much Louise!!!! 🙂

  54. It’s lovely to see how stimulating places like zoos can be to children with any sort of disability or other issues (or actually any children who like animals). It looks like a fab zoo which has thought of the issues children with Autistic spectrum disorder might have too which is great to see. It was lovely of the artist to sit with your son too. Sounds like a great day out for you x

    1. Thanks so much Kate! I feel so blessed that the zoo here takes everyone into consideration when planning their events… They even have an A Walk for Autism here every year!

  55. Wow, it’s amazing what getting involved in our passions will do for us! The Phoenix Zoo sounds amazing, and it is going on my travel bucket list for sure! The dino exhibit alone would be worth the trip.

    1. Thanks Taylor! 🙂

  56. I love it when zoos do things after dark. We have it happen a few times out here but not too often. I really need to take my daughter to one. This one my daughter would have loved doing the dig for dinosaur bones. She really gets into fossils.

    1. Hi David! We are so blessed that our zoo out here does these events pretty often… They do an amazing display at the holidays that is just gorgeous!!!

  57. Well isn’t that a fun and educational!! I love dinosaurs and excavation! If I wasn’t doing what I currently do, I think I would be an anthropologist, for sure!

    1. Hi GiGi! I always thought that would be a cool line of work to go into! 🙂

  58. Talk about a place where the kids will have loads of fun! I think it’s awesome that you’re sharing this. It’s really cool what the kids can do while they’re there.

    1. Thanks so much Alison!! 🙂

  59. This totally looks like something my husband and son would be into! P.S. your guy’s Ghostbusters shirt is pretty rad 😛

    1. Hi Melissa! Yes that shirt was TOTALLY awesome! Not my guy though LOL …. He’s spoken for by my new friend London. 🙂

  60. This dino park is so cool! It looks amazing, and like you two had so much fun spending quality time together. 🙂

    1. Thanks Emily! 🙂

  61. This looks like so much fun! I absolutely love dinosaurs (I am a huge geek) and I wish some place around here would do something like this. Great post!

    1. Hi Kate! Thanks so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed reading! 🙂 P.S. I am a geek girl too 😉

  62. Looks like a fun experience for you and your family!

    1. Thanks so much Adriana! 🙂

  63. Jen

    That looks like a blast. We had something like that near us when I was in high school and I enjoyed it so much!

    1. Thanks Jen! We had such a blast! 🙂

  64. Great to know the Phoniex zoo has such a positive impact on your son. Dinosaur in the dessert sounds like a great event to enjoy with your kids.

    1. Hi! I appreciate the zoo so much because of much being there encourages him with his speech! 🙂

  65. Zoos are always fun and having a dinosaur is exhibit makes it even more cool. Wished we hsd this at our zoo!

    1. Hi Jenny! Perhaps the exhibit will travel to your town? 🙂

  66. this is so cool! I love when zoos have fun events like these!

    1. Hi Tara! I feel so lucky and blessed that our local zoo does events like this! 🙂

  67. simply WOW! What a fantastic place! My boy would be so thrilled to go to the Dinos after dark , he is a huge fan of Dinos!

    1. Hi Nati! I hope you get a chance to attend! It is so amazing! 🙂

  68. This looks so awesome and is definitely somewhere I’d love to go…even though I’m a fully grown adult with no kids. It looks like so much fun!

    1. Hi Nicola! This is totally something for adults too 🙂 I saw lots of couples there having a great time with no kids too 🙂

  69. daria

    I have been to a very similar place in Poland and absolutely loved it! lots of fun and very educational.

    1. Thank you Daria! 🙂

  70. Looks fun, again! I love your adventures!! I’ve been to a dino museum in Calgary and an animatronic dino exhibit at Canada’s Wonderland, both of which were fun and educational. This kind of seems like a mixture of the two.

    1. Aww thanks Amy-Lynn! I’m so glad you enjoy following our adventures 🙂 The exhibit you went to sounds so amazing! 🙂

  71. Angie

    This is seriously cool! Such a fun adventure to enjoy together as a family.

    1. Thanks Angie!! 🙂

  72. This is awesome! My son loves dinosaurs and he will be just as thrilled to visit this place. 🙂

    1. Hi Czjai! I hope you both have a great time!! 🙂

  73. A zoo day a couple of times a month sounds fan. I know I’d be on board with that. Pheonix Zoo looks wonderful! I haven’t been to the zoo in years and this has prompted me to organise something for when my niece comes to stay.

    Ami xxx

    1. Hi Ami! I’m sure your niece will absolutely love her day at the zoo with you!! 🙂

  74. Geraline Batarra

    What a fun and great experience you had. I would love to go here with the whole fam. My kids would love this for sure.

    1. Hi Geraldine! This is absolutely a wonderful place to visit with your family! 🙂

  75. I do love a day trip to the zoo! This looks like such a fun exhibit!

    1. Thank you Carrie!! 🙂

  76. This is a super cool place to go. I didn’t even know this existed. Very fun, my inner child would love to go here.

    1. Hi Steph! I hope you get a visit to this fun zoo!! 🙂

  77. Megan

    This looks like such a wild time! I’ve actually never seen Jurassic Park, but I love seeing all of the dinosaur-themed things that come from it 🙂

    1. Hi Megan! I loved the movies growing up as a kid but I have never let Boo watch them… Developmentally he is younger and I thought they would probably scare him… He loves learning about Dinos though! 🙂

  78. This dinosaur theme park looks amaze balls, my nephews plus my little 3 year old girl would freak out, in a good way, as she too loves dinosaurs.

    1. Thanks so much! I’m sure your littles would love visiting here someday! 🙂

  79. What a wonderful Mama you are and what a fantastic place and experience to help bring your son’s enthusiasm and language out. This place and the photos look awesome and really show the fun you all had, thanks for the great review!

    1. Aww thanks so very much Rachel!!!! 🙂

  80. Sue Tanya Mchorgh

    Now this is perfect spot for a family activity. Thank you for exposing this place. I think a lot of us would love to go here with our families

    1. Thanks so much Sue! I hope you and your family are able to visit here soon. 🙂

  81. Ya know, I love this park where the dinosaurs aren’t real, but visiting a real park? Well, you saw Jurassic Park, right? I mean, if they could guarantee me that none of the dinosaurs were predators, I may consider it.

    1. LOL Alicia me too!! If none were predators… I’d totally consider it 🙂

  82. My son would love to visit a place that is all about dinos. I think it is so important for kids to learn about prehistoric information. School is so different these days

    1. Hi Janella! This was such a fun educational experience for my son!

  83. Nailil

    This looks like a fun adventure. My little one is really into Dinos so she would love something like this. I need to check my area for similar exhibits.

    1. Hi Nailil! I would definitely check with your local zoo! 🙂

  84. Lisa Rios

    This looks like so much fun! I love dinos and this looks like a great activity for the whole family. We have to make a trip.

    1. Hi Lisa! I hope you enjoy the exhibit! 🙂

  85. Dinos after dark sounds like a fun and glad to know that you and your son had a great time together. When I watched Jurassic Park as a kid, I got too scared from the Dinosaurs.

    1. Hi Ana! We really had such a great time together at this exhibit! 🙂

  86. GLenda

    My son was obsessed with dinosaurs.This looks like a great place to visit with the family.

    1. Hi Glenda! We had so much fun! 🙂

  87. Kathy

    This looks like a really fun place to visit. I know my girls would have a lot of fun here. We all love dinosaurs!

    1. Hi Kathy! I hope you and your girls get a chance to enjoy this awesome exhibit! 🙂

  88. Oh, how cool is this! What kid doesn’t love dinosaurs. We need more of these across the country. What a fun time you had.

    1. Thanks Tina! 🙂

  89. First off, no, I probably wouldn’t go to a real Jurassic Park…LOL. Not after watching them go so wrong in every movie I’ve seen!! This event looks SO cool! My son would definitely be amazed to see the dinos. I love that the artist took special time to help Boo with his drawing, that is so kind and I’m sure it meant a lot to you and Boo both! Little gestures can go a long way. Thanks for sharing this experience! I will have to check this zoo out if I’m ever on that side of the states!

    1. Hi Ayana! I’m sure your son would really love this event too! I’m so glad you loved reading the post!! 🙂

  90. Such a fun place to be at! If only there are such places in Malaysia, my daughter will love this, she has a thing for dinos, just like her mama!

    1. Hi Jia! I hope you find something similar to visit where you are! 🙂

  91. Jesyka

    Such an incredible family! I love this story and how it was a positive experience for your son, especially. <3

    1. Thank you so very much Jesyka! 🙂

  92. This looks like such a fun time, especially after dark!

    1. Thanks Renee!! 🙂

  93. Arra Odeza

    What a thrilling and fun experience! I am a fan of Jurassic Movies and would love to experience something like that too. The dinos look almost real! wow!

    1. Hi Arra! They looked so real and they moved and sounded amazing! 🙂

  94. Wow! I can see that you really had an amazing experience visiting Dinos After Dark. It is great most especially for people who already have kids and feel adventurous. I have never visited one yet. I have been always afraid of reptiles. But maybe in the future, I might get interested. 🙂

    1. Hi Ana… This event is fabulous for adults too! I saw lots of people having great fun and they didn’t have kiddos with them 🙂

  95. It sounds like it was an amazing experience and your son had such a lovely time learning about dinosaurs. I have actually passed by such a park recently but because of the heavy snow it was closed and all the dinos were covered.

    1. Hi Joanna! I hope you will be able to have a visit after the snow… 🙂

  96. Looks like so much fun! I love Jurrasic Park too

    1. Thanks Brittany!! 🙂

  97. My niece is a huge Jurassic Park fan and she would love to see this lovely park. The pictures are gorgeous and it looks like a fun time for family. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Khushboo!

  98. This exhibit looks so much fun! I remember going to a Jurrasic Park exhibit when I was a kid and I loved it!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  99. This looks like a fun place to visit with older kiddos! My little guy (currently 2 years old) loves dinosaurs.

    1. Hi Katie! The zoo is absolutely fabulous fun for all ages! 🙂 I started taking my boys here when they were still in strollers. 🙂

  100. The kids have spring break next week and they want to go to the zoo. Spring is the perfect time for the zoo.

    1. Hi Tara! Spring is absolutely a lovely time to visit the zoo!! 🙂

  101. I am so happy that you and your son found such a wonderful place to learn and connect. I could hear the emotion in your words, the zoo is clearly a very special place for you. We had a traveling dino exhibit up here in Minnesota, it was fantastic!

    1. Hi Nicole! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your kind words…. 🙂

  102. You are such a great mom!! To see you guys sharing a bond and experience like this make my heart smile!!! I wanted to reach through the pics and give huge hugs!!!! You are doing a great job!!!

    1. Aww… thanks so much Whitney!!! 🙂

  103. Nathan

    Your son seems to have had a lovely time out there. The dino park looks like an amazing place to take your mind off things. I recently only knew about what autism was when i started watching this new tv series the good doctor.

    1. Hi Nathan I haven’t seen that show to know if is at all a realistic portrayal of Autism but there are many wonderful places that can share and teach you about Autism…

  104. Seems like a great place to visit! My family absolutely loves Dinosaurs!

    1. Thank you so much Silver!! 🙂

  105. We don’t live far from here! We’ve been a few times and my kids adore it.

    1. Hi Wendy! It’s great to meet another family that loves the zoo here as much as we do! 🙂

  106. We don’t live far from here and my kids love it. We’ve been a few times and it never gets old.

    1. Hi Marissa! We love going here often too! 🙂

  107. My kids and I love zoos. Dinos After Dark sounds like an amazing experience. I know our kids would love to see that.

    1. Hi Bianca! I hope you get to have a visit here with your children! 🙂

  108. That is awesome, this is one of the most creative zoo I ever saw. And for me its always best to equip our children with knowledge and fun.

    1. Hi Eliza! I love taking my son to fun events like this that he has so much fun but it’s also educational! 🙂

  109. Oh my goodness this looks like such an amazing experience! I wish we were somewhere near enough to visit!

    1. Hi Ali! Maybe there is an exhibit like this closer to you… 🙂

  110. Ruthie Ridley

    This looks like the perfect trip for my kids!! How fun!!!

    1. Hi Ruthie! I hope you and your kids have a fun visit here! 🙂

  111. What an amazing place to visit! It looks like everyone had a great time. I’m sure a lot of memories were made.

    1. Thank you Margaret! 🙂

  112. Betty

    This is an interesting place to visit. I like to see Dinosaur and Malaysia also one Dinosaur park.

    1. Thanks Betty!!

  113. This looks like SO much fun! It definitely looks like an event all ages can enjoy. And I love how you said they had plenty of quiet areas for your son. That’s so perfect for those that get sensory overload!

    1. Hi Inez! Thanks so much! We had a fab time but I really appreciated that there were quieter activities where my son could escape the noise…

  114. Looks like you had a great time! The zoo was one of my favorite trips when I was a kid.

    1. Thanks Lauren!! 🙂

  115. ashley peavey

    What?! This is so cool. I would love to visit!

    1. Hi Ashley! It was SO awesome!! 🙂

  116. Sounds interesting! I love the intricate details of the dinosaurs in the Dino Zoo. I wish dinosaurs still existed. I think it would be neat to see one up close and in person.

    1. Thanks Patricia!! 🙂

  117. Emily

    We’ve been here and my kids loved it! I like that the Dino’s are the size they were in real life.

    1. Hi Emily!!! I’m so glad you loved it as much as we did!! 🙂

  118. Angela Ricardo Bethea

    That is such a fun place to visit with kids. I am pretty sure that your son really enjoys his time there at Dino’s After Dark. I wish I can bring my son there. Just waiting for him to grow up.

    1. Hi Angela! The Phoenix Zoo is fabulous fun for all ages 🙂 I began bringing my boys when they were only a few months old 🙂

  119. Tamala

    I never knew such a place like this existed! What a FUN place for children!!!!! I’m so glad you and your son had an amazing time together!

    1. Aww thanks so very much Tamala!! 🙂

  120. That’s a cool exhibit! I’ve never heard of something like that, though we do have zoo time after dark here in San Diego.

    1. Hi Jordan! We haven’t been to the SD zoo in over 12 years! I’m thinking I should plan a trip! 🙂

  121. Those dinosaurs look really cool and it sounds like such a cool event x

    1. Hi Rhian! It was such a fun event!!

  122. This is so cool! I wish we have a Dino Park in Philippines. My students would love to visit this!

    1. Thank you Karla!! 🙂

  123. What an interesting place for a weekend visit. I hope I’ll have a chance to go there and see all these attractions and dinosaurs myself! 🙂

    1. Hi Natalia! I hope you have a fantastic visit!! 🙂

  124. Indrani

    Wow this looks like out of the world experience! Night visits are always fun. I am amazed at those huge figures.

    1. Hi Indrani! We always adore having a visit to the zoo in the evening! 🙂

  125. Oh, I would’ve loved the zoo as well! Dinosaurs intrigue me too… So glad to see Boo enjoying being an archaeologist! So fun to read how he reacts to various things Loads of love <3

    1. Thank you Kanishka! 🙂

  126. Alina

    Wow this place looks like so much fun! I loooved dinosaurs as a child, would definitely take my kids there too.

    1. Thanks Alina! 🙂

  127. Looks like fun! My almost 4 year old and almost 2 year old are OBSESSED with dinosaurs. Some days they pretend they are T-Rex all day long. They would love this!

    1. Aww they sound so cute Cheri! They would love a visit here!! 🙂

  128. Jenn

    Rawr! This looks fun plus it brings back my childhood because of the movie Jurassic Park.

    1. Thanks Jenn!! 🙂

  129. Oh my lanta this looks amazing! What an adventure this would be. I am positive that my kids would love to do something like this.

    1. Hi Nancy! I hope you and your kids get a chance to enjoy this awesome exhibit !

  130. The park looks so fun; i have only had the opportunity to see dinosaurs in movies lol…would certainly love to visit this park someday.

    1. Thanks Matthew! I hope you get a visit soon!

  131. Meghna

    Omg! My daughter would love to visit this place. Though, we have something similar here in Dubai.

    1. Hi Meghna! Thats wonderful you have someplace similar nearby! 🙂

  132. Ada

    This sounds like such a cool place for kids!

    1. Thanks Ada! 🙂

  133. I loved reading this, your son is so so cute <3 Such a handsome boy. I wish you had a video of t-rex dancing hahaha, my kids thoroughly enjoyed looking at the pictures and my daughter said she wants one! This park reminded me of a spot we went to in Dubai called Glow Garden I Think, it had similar displays.

    1. Aww thanks so much Afra! I appreciate your kind words… 🙂

  134. When you first mentioned phoenix zoo, I was expecting a proper zoo instead of a dino one! This is so adorable and looks really educational for both kids and adults! I like that field journal most!

    1. Hi Tiffany! We do adore visiting the zoo under a normal day, but it was super fun to attend this special event! Boo loved that journal so much! 🙂

  135. Becca Wilson

    My kids love absolutely anything dinosaurs so this would be an incredible experience. I wish it were closer to us!

    1. Hi Becca! Boo absolutely loved it so much… Maybe there is an exhibit like this closer to you?

  136. TColeman

    What an awesome learning experience! Mine will play dinosaurs as much as we let them and so this would be something they would thoroughly enjoy.

    1. Thanks so much! 🙂

  137. What a great event! And I like that they added even more to it with the special guests, too.

    1. Hi Kristen! I loved the fun family area… I wasn’t expecting that so it was such a nice surprise 🙂

  138. Love the Phoenix zoo! This looks so fun! I need to visit soon.

    1. Hi Carissa! I hope you get a visit soon! 🙂

  139. Looks like ton of fun to have. it great that you had a good time with your son.

    1. Thanks so much Jossy!! 🙂

  140. Great to have family time here. Kids would love this place and love o spend time knowing history of dino’s and would learn a lot about them . Thanks for the suggestion!

    1. Hi Kartika! You are very welcome! 🙂

  141. I have always always ALWAYS been fascinated by dinosaurs! Ive watched every movie there is on them, this is definitely a place i would so love to visit and spend quite a bit of time at. Great post!!

    1. Thanks so much Susana!! 🙂

  142. What a delightful experience. It looks fun and I AM SURE I would love to take my child and myself to a dino park. We all grew up on Jurassic Park and it has been a wish to visit dinosaurs.
    I had a lump in my throat from reading about the kind artist who came up to do a one on one demo. He did not have to do it but he did. This shows that a lot of love and care and attention went to designing this park and picking the staff to manage it.

    1. Hi Nayantara! Thank you so much…. and that artists kindness meant so much to me too…

  143. This looks like such a cool, fun attraction, one that would be perfect for any dinosaur lover.

    1. Hi! It really was such a cool experience! 🙂

  144. Jurassic Park looks like a awesome place to spend a day with your family especially if your son’s into dinosaurs!

    1. Thanks Corina!!! 🙂

  145. This looks so fun! My husband would LOVE this!

    1. Hi Brittney! It was so awesome!!! 🙂

  146. Journa Ramirez

    My kids have a huge fascinations for dinos and I’m sure that they’ll love this park! I wish I could bring them here!

    1. Hi Journa! I’m sure you would all love a visit here! 🙂

  147. This looks really fun. My kids would really enjoy it. Just seeing the desert is fun for us since it is such a change of scenery.

    1. Thanks Emily!! 🙂

  148. I love such places that help children’s creativity to come out. Would love to visit with my son.

    1. Hi Pujarini! I hope one day you get a visit with your son to this amazing zoo! 🙂

  149. You guys are off on yet another amazing adventure. I’m so glad to hear that the animals inspired him to become more verbal. It sounds like he had an amazing time. Can’t wait to see where the next adventure takes you.

    1. Aww thanks so much Cia! I’m so glad you enjoy following the adventures that I have with my son 🙂

  150. Wow, you guys seemed to have a lovely time together. The park looks really interesting and beautiful. I have always been dreaming to have a walk in a Dinosaur park, but until now I didn’t get a chance. Anyway, I would love to amble around here as well and enjoy all what it has to offer. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely time with your son.

    1. Thank you so very much LaiAriel! 🙂

  151. Ray Ruzzo

    My brother would have loved something like this as a kid.

    1. Hi Ray ! The zoo is great for kids of all ages 🙂 I love going there too! 🙂

  152. Jennifer Prince

    What a fun idea! We have a children’s museum that stays open late and puts on events, and I think it’s such a great way to utilize the space. Even more fun in a zoo!! 🙂

    1. Hi Jennifer! That sounds so fun too!! 🙂

  153. I love how many different interactive places you have close to you! Learning about dinosaurs is so much fun and your son looks like he had a blast. I believe so much in educational places like the zoo, because it really does teach kids of all ages and it makes learning fun!

    1. Thanks so much Amanda! I feel very blessed to live so close to so many fun educational activities! 🙂

  154. Wow what’s a great experience! Sounds like your son absolutely loved it and was extremely happy 😊 my toddler is obsessed with Dino’s right now and I can’t wait to take him to something like this!

    1. Thanks Stephanie!! 🙂

  155. This looks like so much fun! I would love to take my kids to this someday.

    1. Thanks Coralie! 🙂

  156. Awww just to think that this was actually in existence centuries ago!

    1. Hi Oyinkan! I am just fascinated with learning about this time in history…

  157. Dani

    Wow what a wonderful experience. My son is huge into dinosaurs, he would love it here

    1. Thanks Dani! 🙂

  158. Meagan

    This looks like a cool experience for both kids and adults. Boo looks like he always enjoys your outings and the artist teaching him how to draw the Dino was so cool!

    1. Hi Meagan! He was so excited to meet that artist! 🙂

  159. wow this looks kinda neat! i haven’t been into dinosaur parks for ever since forever i think.. it’s really amazing that these kinds of attractions are available for people to visit.. it makes knowing history much more interesting.. 😀

    1. Hi John! My son really loved this fun learning experience! 🙂

  160. This is such an amazing park for the kiddos… Great to see dinos in the dark!~

    1. Thanks Kylie! 🙂

  161. This looks like so much fun, what a great day you’ll had! Need to suggest this to my nephew Rex, he would LOVE this.

    1. Hi Noelle! We loved this event so much!! 🙂

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