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Nine days out for dinosaur-mad kids

Dinosaurs are invading the city this summer. Check out these London stomping grounds for dino-mad mites

By Catherine O'Dolan |
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Museums, Natural history

Meet the Natural History Museum dinosaurs

South Kensington

This is the first port of call for any dino fan. The famous Dinosaur Gallery features a triceratops skull and the first T Rex fossil ever found. The NHM shop is also great for gifts, from games and stickers to a cuddly triceratops. Dino Snore (August 12, £60) is a sleepover event that includes a torchlit trail and a dinosaur T-shirt making workshop.

Cromwell Rd. South Kensington tube.

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Steven Spielberg movies, Jurassic Park

Watch ‘Jurassic Park’ in Bushy Park

As part of Nomad Cinema’s summer season, gasp at Steven Spielberg’s classic 1993 dinosaur adventure while sitting under the stars. Pack a picnic, but be warned: roast chicken has been known to attract velociraptors.

Bushy Park. Sat Aug 27. £15, £7.50 children. PG rating.

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Jurassic Encounter
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Sport and fitness, Golf

Play a round at Jurassic Encounter Adventure Golf

New Malden

It requires strong nerves to sink a shot under the steely gaze of a big lizard, but that’s the challenging appeal of this 18-hole course. Mini-McIlroys can play among waterfalls, prehistoric caves and a host of dinosaurs roaring their approval.

World of Golf London. From £9, £7 children.

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crystal palace, dinosaur
Attractions, Parks and gardens

Spot the Crystal Palace dinosaurs

Crystal Palace

Amble among the 30 full-scale dinosaur statues which have graced Crystal Palace Park since 1854. Mini-palaeontologists will enjoy spotting how much they differ from today’s more accurate renderings.

Crystal Palace Overground.

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Restaurants, Fast food outlets

Grab dinner at Jamie’s Dinersaurus

Piccadilly Circus

The West End may not seem an obvious place to find a stegosaurus, but there’s dinosaur decor by artist Jay Jay Burridge at Jamie Oliver’s dino-themed diner. Fare is classic American: burgers and pecan pie.

21 Shaftesbury Avenue. Piccadilly Circus tube.

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Take a trip to Gulliver’s Dinosaur & Farm Park

There’s plenty of roaring, clawing and tail-thrashing going down here, thanks to 32 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs. Take the Jurassic River Ride, hop on the Dino Safari and get up close for that all important selfie with a ’saurus. Gulliver’s Land.

Milton Keynes Central rail. £9.95, children under 90cm free.

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Theatre, Private theatres

Watch 'Dinosaur Zoo Live' at the Rose Theatre

Kingston

From aahs at the sight of a cute baby triceratops to aarghs at a giant T Rex, kids will be thrilled by this interactive stage show with nifty animatronics plus some mega dino dung.

Rose Theatre. Kingston rail. Jul 30-Aug 1.

Read our full guide to the summer hols

Things to do

Summer holidays in London

Six weeks is a long time to keep anyone entertained, let alone your toughest critics. Don't panic though, we've got this year's school summer holidays totally sorted. Let the younger ones go wild at a city farm, send your teens to swot up at one of London's top museums, or take your pick of our favourite family-friendly events going on in the capital.

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