West Sussex with kids: Dinosaur park, Southwater

 I wanted to do something a bit different on our day off together this week, and I’d promised Ophelia we would go to the Dinosaur park. 

I love to theme things, so thought I’d try and do a few dinosaur activities alongside the park trip. 

It turns out Ophelia was excited and decided to start an activity of her own volition; dinosaur stamping. 

We packed up a dinosaur bag filled with plastic dinosaurs, and mine with a picnic, then we were on our way. 

Southwater is about 20 minutes from my house, and once there, the signposts for parking and walking are well timed and clear. 

It felt like such an adventure with a dinosaur on signs and footprints leading the way. 
Once inside there were so many different things to play on, a lot of which were different to things you would find at the park normally like dinosaur “bones” hidden in the sand, dinosaur Eggs and dinosaurs throughout. There were different things for each age group; baby swings, see saws, noise pipes, a giant slide, rope swings, hide house, spider ropes….the list goes on. 

Ophelia spent ages in the hide house with two other children the same age that she befriended, pretending it was their house and climbing up and down.

After a quick portaloo stop  (very conveniently at the right side entrance!) we walked to the lake for a picnic. It was so relaxing sitting with the gentle sounds of the ducks. 

We carried on walking a different route to the car, walking like dinosaurs for the remainder of the journey.  Ophelia loved the whole concept and whilst it is essentially just a park, it’s one that you can make into a more exciting experience. 
Here’s a snippet of our day, see the link below for a longer video. 

Our dinosaur themed day

I’m linking up with Polly’s favourite trip, because it was a particularly enjoyable one. 


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