Dinosaurs come to London
The immersive educational experience Dinosaurs in the Wild has now opened at London's Greenwich Peninsula
Dinosaurs in the Wild has landed at London’s Greenwich Peninsula for an extended run from 10 February until 31 July. The show is an immersive, live-action educational experience that enables teachers to take school groups of 7-11-year-olds somewhere they’ve never been before – 67 million years back in time to the late Cretaceous Period.
Using cutting-edge special effects and the latest discoveries in palaeontology, Dinosaurs in the Wild is specially designed to ignite pupils’ imaginations and bring science to life by putting school groups face to face with living dinosaurs.
The 70-minute adventure allows pupils to ask questions as they explore their surroundings on TimeBase 67, an extraordinary research station on the Cretaceous plains where pupils will get the chance to:
- Travel across the Cretaceous plains, coming face-to-face with wild roaming dinosaurs such as the Anklyosaurus
- Observe scientists as they conduct a live autopsy of a five-metre long crested Pachycephalosaurus
- Discover the Hatchery, where dinosaur eggs squirm, communicate with each other, and slowly come to life
- Explore a dazzling array of two thousand vials and jars of dinosaur eyeballs, brains, tissue samples, teeth and claws
- Marvel at the huge heart of an Alamosaurus, suspended in a glass cylinder where visitors can see how much energy it takes to drive blood up its five-metre long neck
- Get their hands into piles of dinosaur poo, to discover the difference between carnivore and herbivore droppings
- See through a dinosaur’s eyes with the help of virtual reality technology
- Meet the Purgatorius, a haunting specimen of the very first human ancestor – a tiny squirrel-like creature that lived in trees in the late Cretaceous Period
- The show culminates with a 360-degree viewing platform where pupils can watch these majestic creatures interact with one another in their natural environment
Dinosaurs in the Wild was developed with the support of more than 100 specialists and led by palaeontologist Dr Darren Naish to ensure that every detail is scientifically accurate and real to life.
Over 4,500 pupils have attended Dinosaurs in the Wild in the past year, across the Birmingham and Manchester tenures.
To support teachers before and after this unique experience, Dinosaurs in the Wild is also providing free curriculum-linked resources for English and Science lessons in Key Stage 2. Teachers can download these exciting activities at: https://dinosaursinthewild.com/education-resources/
Tim Haines, Creative Director of Dinosaurs in the Wild and award-winning producer of hit BBC TV series Walking with Dinosaurs, said: “With Dinosaurs in the Wild, we wanted to create an immersive experience that takes pupils back in time, using the latest technology to portray incredible details about the creatures and their surroundings. It will truly change your pupils’ understanding of how dinosaurs looked and ignite their passion for scientific discovery.”
Lee Parkinson, Class Teacher at Davyhulme Primary in Manchester, said: “I would highly recommend Dinosaurs in the Wild as a parent and teacher. From the moment we arrived, the children were immersed and completely believed that they had travelled back in time!”
“Every element of the experience is brilliantly planned and performed. The 3D element is fantastic, the different rooms and use of animatronics had us captivated, and the acting from the guides was top-notch. As a show-stopping starter for a new topic, or as a way to round off a topic, pupils will absolutely love the fun educational experience of Dinosaurs in the Wild.”