Struggling to think of ways to stay entertained on a rainy weekend? If you’re an adventurous kid looking for activities in Newport, look no further. We’ve got a great idea that will stave off the boredom: have your own dinosaur day! With lots of things to do in Newport that involve dinosaurs, you can have an action-packed adventure from sunrise to sunset. Read on to learn more…


Start the day the dino way

Dinosaur pancake moulds are readily available online, so kick off with breakfast in the shape of a stegosaurus, T-rex or brachiosaurus. Add a splash of lemon and a sprinkling of sugar or scatter some delicious fruit over the top for a roaring start to your day.


See the dinos in action

It’s time to put on your cargo vest and sturdy boots, and head into uncharted territory at The Riverfront. From Friday 7 to Sunday 9 October, you’ll be able to catch Dinosaur World Live, a show that introduces you to pre-historic favourites such as triceratops and tyrannosaurus rex, as well as a few lesser known dinos like Microraptor and Giraffatitan. There are at least two showings on both the Saturday and Sunday, and each lasts 50 minutes, making them perfect for children.


Make dinosaur costumes

When the showtime excitement is over, why not pick a favourite dinosaur from Dinosaur World Live and have a go at making your own costume? Find some clothes in the colour that matches your chosen dinosaur’s hues, and make a hat out of card that looks like its head. You can then make a tail with coloured fabric or felt and stuffing. There are lots of tips and instructions online to help you out. Once you’re fully dressed up you can stomp round the garden and practise your roars.


Find real life fossils

If the dinosaurs at the theatre have made you hungry to find evidence of pre-historic creatures on your doorstep, why not take a road trip to Penarth Beach? Here, you’ll find some fossils from the Jurassic and Triassic periods when some of the most famous dinosaurs wandered the earth. The remains of ancient marine creatures called ammonites and brachiopods can be found, as well as teeth from the likes of ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs.


Dinosaur bedtime stories

You’re likely to be super tired at the end of your fun-filled dinosaur day, so before going to sleep, snuggle down under the duvet with some dinosaur story books. Our favourites include ‘How to Grow a Dinosaur’ by Caryl Hart, ‘Ten Little Dinosaurs’ by Mike Brownlow, and ‘Dinosaur Roar’ by Henrietta Stickland. Of course, there are plenty of other dino themed stories out there, so simply choose the one you like best.


Don’t miss the chance to see Dinosaur World Live, which is among the best Newport attractions this autumn. Shows are ideal for children aged three and up, and performances are between 11am and 4.30pm. Book your tickets today.