Showing posts with label dinosaurs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dinosaurs. Show all posts

Saturday, May 8, 2021

National Geographic Kids is celebrating International Dinosaur Day

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National Geographic Kids is celebrating all month long with fun games, video shorts, facts, and even a dinosaur personality quiz. You can find them all here. They are even hosting a giveaway for one lucky winner on my site to win all 5 books below with a value of $80.00. Enter here

I have always loved National Geographic while growing up and National Geographic Kids brings all of the beautiful illustrations and information down to a child's mind set. Check out these beautiful books. I just know my grandsons are going to love the bright pictures, while learning about dinosaurs, and then playing with their own dinosaur toys to bring the action to life. These books are big on pictures, facts, and inspiring stories to make learning fun for your child. Below you will find the books and a write up from National Geographic on each one. 

(hardcover, ages 4-8, 128 pages, $14.95) - A #1 best seller on Amazon! The prehistoric world comes alive with dinosaurs small, big, giant, and gigantic, with stunning illustrations. Bursting with fun facts and age-appropriate information, each spread features a different dinosaur, along with simple text in big type that is perfect for little kids. Young dino fans will love the interactivity included in every chapter, and parents will appreciate tips to help carry readers' experience beyond the page.

(hardcover, ages 4-8, 32 pages, $16.99) - Ever wondered how to find a dinosaur? Paleontologist Dr. Scott Sampson, host of Dinosaur Train on PBS Kids, tells kids how! How do paleontologists find dinosaur bones? How do they know what dinosaurs ate or looked like? And what is paleontology, anyway? Dr. Scott tackles all these questions and more while inspiring kids to go out and make the next big dino discovery!

(paperback, ages 8-12, 208 pages, $8.99) - 300 dino-mite facts to sink your teeth into! Perfectly sized for back seat boredom busting, this new addition to the wildly popular WBT series is taking on the jaws and claws that ruled the Mesozoic world.  Calling all dino dynamos!  Did you know that the T. rex had vision 13 times better than the average humans? Or that people collect fossilized dino poop? And get this: There's a dinosaur named after Hogwarts--Harry Potter's wizarding school! Get ready to meet dinosaurs with horns and feathers, razor-sharp claws and gigantic teeth. You'll encounter the places they lived, the bizarre art they inspired, and the amazing paleontologists who discovered them.

(hardcover, ages 7-10, 296 pages, $24.99) - Big, beautiful and gift-worthy! The new edition of the popular Nat Geo Kids Dinopedia includes all the latest species and is the most complete, up-to-date dinosaur reference available. Find favorites, like the fierce T-rex and the gentle Brontosaurus, plus audacious new finds, like the Anzu, Kosmoceratops, and Yi. Every dino profile is colorfully illustrated and features descriptions of when they roamed the Earth, how they lived, what they ate, and more. There are more than 600 dinos featured in all, including 10 profiles of recently discovered dinosaurs and new entries in the Dino Dictionary. Reports from paleontologists present the latest news and insights from the field.

(paperback, ages 8-12, 208 pages, $14.99) - Curious which creatures ruled when dinosaurs roamed the Earth? Get ready to meet the record-setters, including the biggest, smallest, smartest, weirdest, deadliest, most notorious, and most mysterious of all time. You'll find fantastic firsts, including the first dinosaur fossils found and the first dinos in space. And you'll meet other rad, remarkable creatures that lived before, after, and alongside them.  Did you know that the largest fish, the largest turtle, and the largest flying animal that ever existed lived during the time of the dinosaurs? Or that mammals – no bigger than a small dog when dinosaurs roamed – eventually evolved into massive land animals? See who wins in head-to-head species smackdowns and enjoy games that complement the records.

If you are interested in buying one or all of these books check them out here.

Find out more about National Geographic Kids on

Nat Geo Kids DinoMAYnia Giveaway

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Welcome to the National Geographic Kids DinoMAYnia Giveaway

Hosted by MarksvilleandMe  
Co-hosted by Reviews by Dennis 
Sponsored by National Geographic Kids Books
This giveaway is part of our Dads and Grads Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.

Prizes Include The Following Books:

Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs (ages 4-8)
Dino Records: The Most Amazing Prehistoric Creatures Ever to Have Lived on Earth! (ages 8-12)
Ultimate Dinopedia, 2nd ED (ages 7-10)
Weird But True! Dinosaurs (ages 8-12)
You Can Be a Paleontologist! with Dr. Scott (ages 4-8)

Find all these great DinoMAYnia books on Amazon

Check out my reviews here.


Open To US entrants and must be 18+ to enter
Giveaway Dates ~ 5/8/21 12:00AM EST through 5/31/21 11:59PM EST
MarksvilleandMe would like to wish all those who enter
Good Luck!
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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Dinotrux Supercharged Season 2

Looking for a action packed Dino inspired show for your little ones? Why not check out DreamWorks Dinotrux Supercharged Season 1 and also Season 2 which premiers tomorrow Friday March 23rd on Netflix.

Check out the trailer below to see if it fits with your family.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Dinosaurs roaring to play

Even though it is just the girls at home now they like to play with dinosaurs too. My sons would have loved these when they were little.

My grand-daughter even loves dinosaurs. Especially the kind she can carry around and play with.

These dinosaurs are large but not so oversized that you can't take them with you to play with.
These dinosaurs are ready to play with right out of the box and in my 12 piece set I didn't have any doubles which I am pretty sure is for every box.

These are great for gifts, birthday party loot bags, treasure boxes. or even for sale in your store. I myself loved all of the different dinosaurs that were included. This would be a great present for any dinosaur lover.

The Kid Imaginative 12 pack Dinosaurs can be found on Amazon.

  • MISSION: Provide kids exceptional playtime and educational experiences through learning resources.
    SAFETY: No tiny removable parts. Passed EN71 test standards. BPA, lead-free & concern free!
    EDUCATIONAL: Enhance Imaginative play, memorization, recall & foster kids science curiosities.
    INTERACTIVE: Participate in home-made spelling bee to cultivate comprehension & learning concepts.
    QUALITY OF SERVICE: Customer care team ready to answer all questions and concerns within 24 hours.
Available Colors: blue, pink, yellow, green, brown, silver, red, and purple! Dinosaur
Sizes: 5-7"
Dinosaurs Species: T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Apatosaurus, Ceratosaurus, Spinosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, Pachycephalosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Brachiosaurus, Styracosaurus, Velociraptor, and Euoplocephalus.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Dino Expedition

Recently MarksvilleandMe was invited to go on a Dino Expedition at Lake Compounce which happens to be an amusement park in Connecticut that we never knew existed, until our visit. We were invited to enter the park before other guests and check out the new Dino Expedition then come back and let our readers know all about it. 

My son would have loved this when he was little, he was all about Dino's. Even though he couldn't join us I am lucky to have girls that like Dino's too and were up for the visit.

While you are visiting you just might be lucky enough to pet a baby dino from one of the dino keepers. So cute.

Below you can meet the Dino Characters. 

Great photo opps in the hatching dino eggs. Check out my little dino's!

When parents get tired you can have a seat and relax while your children check out the Allosaurus Dig Pit sure to be a hit with Sand loving kids of all ages. 

 Last but not least the T-rex

We had the VIP Treatment with treats and gifts for the kids which isn't available normally.

They had an beautiful ice sculpture.

Dino bones which were pretzels with marshmallows on the ends then dipped in white chocolate.

Dino feet which were peanut shaped peanut butter cookies dipped in green candy melts with cashews for the claws.

Dino candy coated marshmallows, as well as fruit salad from Watermelon Dino heads.

The kids washed it all down with Swamp Punch which was their favorite treat. My grand daughter was not sure about it but once she tried it she was hooked. This was made with a special cup that has two layers. The first layer is filled with dry ice, then the second layer holds the drink, which results in this bubbly steamy drink. Super awesome thinking of making this with red punch and calling it erupting lava.

Once you have seen the Dino Expedition there is still the rest of Lake Compounce to explore. Check out the map here. From roller coaster to Bumper Cars and Carousels there is sure to be a favorite for each of your family members.

When you want to cool down you can splish and splash in Crocodile Cove. Don't forget to take a ride on the train for a great scenic tour.

Check out the rest of my photos on Facebook here.

Handicap Friendly 

At first my husband didn't join us because of the injury to his leg and then we found out they had rentals which you can check out here. Even though it is not listed they have electric scooters for 50.00 for the day. They even followed us out to our vehicle at the end of our day and brought the scooter back for him so he didn't have to hobble on his cane all the way back to our vehicle.

Park Hours and Calendar can be found here.

Prices can be found here.
For my readers
One Day Admission Tickets, available to purchase through June 1, 2015. Tickets include admission into Lake Compounce and Crocodile Cove, and are good for any day during the regular 2015 operating season.
DISCOUNT: Save $8 on One Day Admission Tickets! • Regular price: $40.09 • Discounted price: $32.99 (remember drinks are free with your paid admission for the whole day)

Parking prices can be found here.


family friendly 
plenty of seating
15 food venues
drinks are included with admission, self serve stations available throughout park
clean bathrooms
baby changing stations
handicap friendly


no outside food

What to pack:

 What Lake Compounce has to say about Dino Expedition.

Dino Expedition will offer guests of all ages the opportunity to encounter moving and breathing lifelike dinosaurs and explore their history. The new prehistoric themed area for 2015 features: • Fossil dig area • The open-air fossil dig area will give even the littlest guests the chance to unearth fossils. • Jurrasic pathway • Explore the prehistoric paths at your own pace and experience the up to 40-foot long lifelike dinosaurs up close. Our state of the art animatronics will create moving creatures that breathe, roar and seek for prey. • Education • Facts and trivia about the dinosaurs can be found within the Expedition! • Dino-themed gift shop

You can find out more about Lake Compounce on:

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