Friday, August 5, 2011

Jurassic Forest in Alberta!

This one seemed to be a favourite as they had at least three
Combine lovely nature trails meandering through Alberta boreal forests with motion-sensored animatronic dinosaurs and you have a hug hit with children and adults! This is Jurassic Forest! Wow. This is a new Alberta adventure which I hope becomes a fixture; it's not over the top fancy or Disney-fied, but a great day trip for the family in a wonderful natural setting (something for everyone).

This one roared and nodded his head (I think)
From their website, "The days of the dinosaurs roar to life again in Jurassic Forest, a 40-acre prehistoric preserve, just minutes from Edmonton and millions of years from the present! Gigantic, life-sized and startlingly realistic dinosaurs live and breathe in Jurassic Forest, and they're waiting for you. See what's happening in our Special Events Section."

These two put on a fighting display
There are two walking loops, a north and a south loop, which people of all ages can enjoy. Interestingly the loops are one way traffic with designated entrances and exits; this really helps on busy days to prevent too much congestion and allows people to pace themselves with or away from clusters of other guests. Periodically the path widens for viewing sections and to accommodate benches to rest on. The boardwalk is wooden and wheelchair/stroller friendly and lined with informative signs everywhere. Of course you have your prehistoric info signs complete with size comparisons to humans, but there are also several signs explaining the local flora and fauna! Unfortunately, some of the larger signs were mounted too high and at a poor angle for young readers. Were they expecting only the adults to read them?

The forest was lush and full of life when we went. Raspberries tempted our taste buds and dragonflies flitted here and there. Staff were everywhere to help out and guides were touring small groups. We spotted two bat houses and a long horned beetle but no tiger salamanders.

This one is on the far side of a little pond
Many picnic tables are clustered in the shade of trees just off the sandy play park area which gets full sun. Perhaps this playground is most enticing to the younger children as there really isn't much in it except some great photo ops ;-)  There are over-sized cracked eggs and dinosaur bones/structures to climb. A mini slide down the tongue of some predator's head (can't recall which) is fun for the toddler crowd. Sadly, no larger slide exists there (yet?).  

What else? There is a gift shop (of course), washrooms, birthday/party room, and a concession stand with the usual hot dog and ice cream fare.

Now, if you check out the Jurassic Forest website, consider downloading their scavenger hunts. They have one for each of the two trail loops and a separate hunt for the K-2 crowd that spans both loops. These are pdfs you can print out.

Don't forget sunscreen, bug spray/protection, hats, and WATER! Unless you want to burn and dehydrate ;-P
That said, we didn't notice any mosquitoes... very strange. Maybe they are lurking and biding their time... I'm expecting an ambush any moment.

Any way, current hours and admission rates:

Hours of Operation
Daily (Sunday through Saturday): 9am to 7pm

Admission Prices

Adult: $14
Children (3–12 yrs): $8
Youth (13–17 yrs): $10
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children): $40
Senior (60 yrs+): $10

Adult Annual Membership: $45
Children Annual Membership (3–12 yrs): $35
Youth Annual Membership (13–17 yrs): $40
Senior Annual Membership (60+ yrs): $40
Family Annual (2 Adults + 2 Children): $130

(Prices include GST)


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Barenaked Ladies For Kids- Snacktime

This morning my son was singing 7-8-9 from the Barenaked Ladies album "Snacktime." Wow, it's been a long time since we've listened to it but it's a fabulous blast... those witty guys! We highly recommend checking out this musical treat. And, hey, it's a wonderful break from the more classical children's music one might have to endure  ;-)

Note, several, if not all, the tracks have a video you can watch and hear the music! 

1. 7 8 9
2. The Ninjas
3. Pollywog In A Bog
4. Raisins
5. Eraser
6. I Can Sing
7. Louis Loon
8. Food Party - The Canadian Snacktime Trilogy: i)Snacktime ii)Popcorn iii)Vegetable Town
9. Drawing
10. Humungous Tree
11. My Big Sister
12. Allergies
13. I Don't Like
14. What A Wild Tune
15. Bad Day
16. Things
17. Curious
18. A Word For That
19. Wishing
20. Crazy ABC's
21. Here Come The Geese


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Intermittent Blogging

It's summer with so much to do!

We're packing for a move that should happen in the next few months... sooner or later depending on how quickly things come together at our new house!

So, as you see my posting will be sporadic, but I will post. There's still lots of ideas and resources for us to share!

excessive use of exclamation points are sometime allowable ;-)
at least in my world


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook by Jane Yole

Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook
 by Jane Yolen

Sink your teeth into this literary feast: half storybook, half cookbook. This 197 page book is divided like a cookbook into breakfast, lunch, soups, dinners, and dessert sections. It offers about 20 different fairy tales as retold by Yolen. Each tale comes with at least one recipe and interesting facts and tidbits in the side bars.

It's very fun-- I just love the concept of combining tales with recipes! My son likes to read this book and rates it 4.5/5!


Friday, May 20, 2011 All Kinds of Puzzle and Logic Games

Want a good place to play free puzzle and logic games? Try!

There are all kinds of games including sudoku, jugsawdoku, kakuro, freefall, mahjong, mine sweeper, blix, and 3D games. The categories include number puzzles, picture puzzles, word puzzles, and more. And you can decide which level of difficulty to play with many of them.

Have fun!


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Making of a Lego Brick

For those inquisitive minds interested in how Lego bricks are made, this link will take you to an interactive video which goes through the stages of the process!


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Another Online Math Resource: Math Playground

Math Playground has all kinds of online math games to play.

In their own words: "Welcome to Math Playground, an action-packed site for elementary and middle school students. Practice your math skills, play a logic game :and have some fun!"

They have thinking blocks, manipulatives, worksheets, flashcards, multiplayer learning games, word problems, math videos, a computation section and a math apprentice section. And as far as I can see, all free!

This has been linked up at
Favorite Resource This Week

Monday, May 16, 2011

Interested in Inventions?

One field of interest that my son keeps returning to is that of inventions and inventors. This is such a wonderful topic that can bridge all kinds of subjects. However, I'm not posting a well researched list of resources, rather I thought I'd share a specific branch of this topic that my son is keenly interested in!

The World's Worst Inventions: The Most Stupid Gadgets and Machines Ever Made by Jack Watkins. 

These types of books are well read in this house!


Friday, May 13, 2011

Math: My Puzzle-- A Place for Puzzle and Logic Games

I posted this already, but it disappeared! Weird. I'll Try again.

Want a good place to improve math skills and play free puzzle and logic games? Try! There are all kinds of games including sudoku, jugsawdoku, kakuro, freefall, mahjong, mine sweeper, blix, and 3D games. The categories include number puzzles, picture puzzles, word puzzles, and more.

Don't get too addicted ;-)

This is linked up with...

Favorite Resource This Week


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Book: Step Into Narnia

Well the Narnia exhibit at the TWOS has come and gone, but the magic doesn't stop there. I have photos of this lovely picture book that my son enjoyed as a companion to the exhibit, book, and movie. It was a bit too simple but the pictures were engaging and it did have just enough information to consume.

Step Into Narnia: A Journey Through The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by E.J. Kirk

see more photos below!

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