Jurassic Quest – Is It Worth the Cost of Admission?

Jurassic Quest – Is It Worth the Cost of Admission?

Jurassic Quest is the ultimate stop for the dinosaur lovers in your life.

Dinosaurs have been my son’s obsession since before he could talk. Even from a young age, he’s always been VERY into learning their names and identifying them. For example, here’s a video from when he was barely 3yrs old:

So last year when I heard about Jurassic Quest, an event filled with animatronic dinosaurs and lots of fun activities for kids, I knew we HAD to go. (Psst – you can check out my video from last year by clicking HERE!)

This year I’d been stalking their website when FINALLY they released the dates they’d be here in Springfield, IL. And this year I was lucky enough to work with their marketing team to have them sponsor this post, though their sponsorship in no way impacts my thoughts or feelings toward Jurassic Quest.

What is Jurassic Quest?

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Jurassic Quest is as close to the dinos as you’ll ever get (barring time travel, but let’s be real – you probably wouldn’t want to see a T-Rex in the flesh…)

They have true-to-life size dinosaurs, ranging from the small Compsognathus – Remember Jurassic Park 2? They were the ones who attacked in the beginning… – to GIGANTIC dinosaurs that you’ll almost certainly see from the parking lot. They have over 100 dinosaurs that truly couldn’t look more real. Even as an adult who’s never really been all that into dinosaurs, Jurassic Quest is a thing of beauty.

Not only that, but they have so many fun interactive events, including BABY dinosaurs. I mean oh my goodness, these things are absolutely adorable (even when they try to steal your child’s paci!)

jurassic quest baby dino

How Much Does Jurassic Quest Cost?

Okay, my thrifty friends, here’s where you might get a small bit of sticker shock…I know I did when I first saw the prices.

A child’s VIP ticket is $34, a regular one is $20 (which is also what the adult tickets cost). So for a family of four, you’re looking at spending around $110 + taxes and fees.

Now I know that seems like a lot of money, but trust me when I say it’s worth it. You need to just go ahead and invest the extra $14/child in the VIP because otherwise you’ll end up either A) missing out on a lot of fun or B) have to fork out the money for said fun at the event and end up spending more than you would have otherwise.

This is one of those events in which you have to evaluate the ROI in terms of family fun. Yes, $110+ is a lot of money, but you can spend an entire day there and goodness knows you can’t put a price on happy children in need of an earlier bedtime. Not to mention, you’d probably spend 6x that spending a day at Disney World or the like.

Jurassic Quest Review

jurassic quest review

What Activities Does Jurassic Quest Have?

The activities are what factor into deciding whether or not to invest in the VIP tickets. The regular tickets ($20/child) include the exhibit and the arts/craft station. The VIP include unlimited dinosaur rides, fossil digs, dino scooters, bounce houses, bungee pull, and basically anything and everything at Jurassic Park – save for face painting, souvenirs, and candy. Each of these things on their own without VIP is $5/each.

Allow me to show you in pictures all the fun things we had going on:

blonde boy two baby dinosaurs jurassic quest

There was an egg behind him that was meant to be used as a photo op…but instead he pretended like the babies were going to eat him…

blonde boy riding motorized jeep

His first time with a motorized kid’s jeep! Fortunately these ones didn’t break down like they did in Jurassic Park…

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Riding a dino!

blonde boy playing in sand at jurassic quest

Digging for fossils

blonde boy in bounce house

Playing on the bounce house! They also have another one for kids under 3.

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Jurassic Quest 2017 – arts and crafts table

jurassic quest education station

Fun fossils and lots to learn here!

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Free character drawing!

jurassic quest bounce house

They could’ve spent the entire day just bouncing…

jurassic quest baby dino schedule

Different times to meet those baby dinos!

The Jurassic Quest Gift Shop

Now just like any other amusement park or the like, Jurassic Quest does have a gift shop….a HUGE gift shop that is pretty much impossible for your kids to miss. Luckily, most of the things are fairly priced…save for the Good Dinosaur DVDS, I kinda had to laugh at that one…

good dinosaur dvd case

I wouldn’t pay $36 for ANY movie…

In 2017, we bought a huge dino playset that included a playmat that my child still uses well over a year later. This year, each child wanted another playset, but they were very reasonably priced at about $20 each.

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One of those is *supposed* to be for his sister…

dinosaur child outfit

I really REALLY wanted to buy this one!!

Overall, while Jurassic Quest can seem a bit pricey, it truly is fun for the whole family and something I wholeheartedly recommend checking out the next time they’re in your area. Let’s face it, these days you can’t even go to the movie theater as a family without spending $60+, why not pay a bit more to have an experience that your children will remember for years to come?

Have you ever been to Jurassic Quest?

I’d love for you to comment below and let me know what you most enjoyed there!

 

Inexpensive Labor Day Weekend Ideas for Frugal Families

Inexpensive Labor Day Weekend Ideas for Frugal Families

Labor Day, like any extended weekend, is a great time to plan trips, spend time with loved ones, and enjoy nature as summer winds down.

Fortunately, you can do these things without having to fly, bus, or rent a car and travel across the country. With a little creativity, just a little bit of money, and a healthy sense of adventure or appetite, you can turn a potentially boring 3-day weekend into a great experience for your whole family.

Inexpensive Labor Day Ideas

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Host a (Potluck) Cookout

Turns out a lot of people may not have plans for Labor Day! A quick trip to the store and a handful of Facebook messages to friends can get a good-sized gathering going pretty quickly. You can provide a few sides and the venue, and tell everyone to BYOM (meat) or conversely you supply the meat, have your friends bring the sides! With minimal investment you can maximize your time in a fun, spontaneous way.

Scope Out Local Labor Day Festivities

A quick glance at local newspapers or websites for your area should reveal a gaggle of Labor Day festivities that are cheap/free and open to the public. An hour road trip can be fun all by itself, let alone the excitement of a good holiday function in a different town.

Take an Impromptu Day Trip

In that same vein, simply getting out of your city to explore new locales can be a breath of fresh air. Even if you can’t find Labor Day-related fun around you, pick a small town or city within reasonable driving distance. Explore their downtown and eat at local establishments. Checking out their shopping can offer the excitement of a larger trip without the extreme expense of a flight or overnight vacation.

Throw a Painting Party

Getting a group of friends together to paint (with drinks, of course) is becoming a hot ticket affair across the country. Like a potluck, just have everyone bring their own beer and paints – you can supply venue, canvas, and snacks. Or ask that everyone bring a bottle to share and you provide the paints and canvas!

Progress on a Project

Labor Day sales abound that weekend, so this is a great time to map out, purchase for, and start on an extensive lawn or home project you’ve been putting off. Weather-permitting, you’ll have 3 days of uninterrupted time to get work done, and it can even coincide with a BBQ, enlisting the help of your party guests to get that drywall up or that fence painted (finally!)

Give Back

While I’m all about enjoying yourself this weekend, one final activity is always the opportunity to spend some time volunteering with your children.

Having fun as a family or by yourself during a long weekend doesn’t need to cost money, have an itinerary, or require massive planning. Some of the best memories will be spending time together, doing something new, exciting, and out of the ordinary.

What do YOU like to do on a long weekend?

Comment below and let us know!