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Weekend time is more valuable now that the kids are back in school. On weekends we try to stay busy and fill our hours with family fun activities. So, if you have a dinosaur obsessed kid they will absolutely love Field Station: Dinosaur in New Jersey. From now until November 2nd you can spend a few hours of your weekend going 90 million years back in time, checking out life-sized, realistic dinosaurs.

Field Station Dino enterence

Field Station: Dinosaurs is a family attraction in New Jersey. It is a one-of-kind experience that is thrilling, educational and fun. They have over thirty dinosaurs that come to life using robotics, but are not too scary for my 3 year old. My son loved it because he got to see “real dinosaurs” not “fake dinosaurs” as he calls the awesome dinosaur bone collection at the American Museum of Natural History in the city.

Life size dinosaurs NYC

The only thing that scared him was the mighty T-Rex puppet at one of the 20 minute  amphitheater shows, the puppeteer kept growling and scaring kids who were clearly terrified. So if your kid is a bit scared, sit in the back row or just avoid that show completely and stick to the Dinosaur Dance Party.

Field Station Dinosaur TRex puppet

Dinosaur Dance Party

Besides the dinosaurs and the shows, Field Station: Dinosaurs has tons of workshops and games that younger elementary school aged kids will enjoy. They also have a fossil dig site where real prehistoric fossils lurk beneath the surface just waiting to be unearthed, plus you get to keep any of the fossils that you find! All the kids are given a passport to stamp in to keep track of all the learning they did and at the end they get a sticker for completion (not really a “prize” as was expected) but still fun to complete the challenge.

It is so easy to get to Field Station: Dinosaurs, only 9 minutes by train from New York’s Penn Station to the Secaucus Junction train stop, and a 10 minute or so walk to the main entrance gate. You can also drive if you like, and parking is available on-site. However, Field Station: Dinosaurs collects a $10 Environmental Fee on behalf of the Town of Secaucus to encourage the use of mass transit and support local parks and recreation. Make sure to leave a few hours to explore the park.

For more information on tickets and hours check out the Field Station: Dinosaurs website here.