Field Station: Dinosaurs – Dinosaurs After Dark

If you thought dinosaurs were intimidating by daylight, just wait until you see them at night!  On Friday and Saturday nights in October, Field Station: Dinosaurs in Leonia, NJ is hosting Dinosaurs After Dark, where you are invited to see their 32 life-sized dinosaurs after hours–when things are at their spookiest.  Armed with a mini flashlight and a dauntless attitude, visitors explore the darkened trails in search of a missing T-Rex.

Field Station: Dinosaurs

You’ll hunt in a small group led by a knowledgeable and entertaining guide, and you’ll soon find that there’s more out there than just a Tyrannosaurs Rex.

Field Station: Dinosaurs - Dinosaurs After Dark - Dilophosaurus

Surprises lurk around every corner, but don’t worry–your guide will not only protect you from these ferocious beasts, he’ll tell you everything you might want to know about them.

Field Station: Dinosaurs - Raptor Maze

It wasn’t long before my kids were brave enough to do a little hunting on their own.  They were excited to go through the raptor maze and race against each other to be the first to find all three hidden raptors.  My daughter won!

There were a few other stops on the trail designed to help us prepare for an encounter with the rogue T-Rex.  We began with a lesson on how T-Rex’s senses of sight, smell, and hearing affected his nighttime hunting.  Then, the Director of Security and Safety showed us how to defend ourselves the same way dinosaurs like the Ankylosaurus did all those years ago.  The kids had their own senses put to some tests, used their tails to defeat inflatable dinosaurs, and there were even dinosaur-shaped water guns involved.  This opportunity to be actively involved in the instruction made it so much fun for them, and now they feel like dinosaur experts.  It was a good thing too, because before we knew it, our new skills came in handy.

Field Station: Dinsoaurs - T-Rex

We found the T-Rex!  No worries though.  Thanks to the Field Station: Dinosaurs experts, we were more than ready to handle a confrontation with the mighty dinosaur.

You might think that’s where the fun would end, but you’d be wrong.

Field Station: Dinosaur - Cretaceous Costume Party

During the Crazy Cretaceous Costume Party, you’ll discover two things:  what the scariest Halloween costume is and that wow, the Field Station staff can really sing.  It was a pretty impressive puppet show, and the kids were singing along by the end.  They even got to see some of the characters up close.

After the show, there was a photo opp with a T-Rex.

Field Station: Dinosaurs - T-Rex

To my children’s surprise, their new friend joined them and the Dinosaur Troubador in a sing-along and dance party.  That T-Rex had some moves!  The kids were getting such a kick out of the whole thing that I almost couldn’t tear them away to accompany me to the campfire for some s’mores and hot chocolate.

Field Station: Dinosaurs - S'mores

It was a great night under the stars for all of us, and it’s definitely something I’m looking forward to doing again next year.  If you’re looking for a fun fall activity for the family, this one should be at the top of your list.

Dinosaurs After Dark happens on Fridays & Saturdays from September 29 through October 28 at Overpeck County Park in Leonia, NJ–just minutes from NYC.  Shows start at 7 PM and end at 9:30 PM.

Call ahead for tickets (855-999-9010) or get them online.

About Denise

Denise is the owner of Game On Mom, a family-friendly blog. She is the mother of a 7-year-old boy and a 8-year-old girl, she eats too much pizza, and a tangled Slinky is no match for her.


  1. Neely Moldovan says:

    What a fun place to visit! I bet for dinosaur loving kiddos this is a dream!

  2. My kiddos both love dinosaurs! I wish that we were still in the NY area so that we could pop over to NJ for this!

  3. Sandy Klocinski says:

    What an awesome place. Almost makes me wish I lived in the area (almost!)

  4. This looks like so much fun for kids! I loved going to the museum to see dinosaur bones when I was little. I’d love to take my kid sister to something like this, too bad it’s far from where we live

  5. Now this sounds like an awesome experience for the kids. I love the idea of following a guide as they teach you about all the dinosaurs you see!

  6. Jennifer H. says:

    My nephews would really like this.

  7. OH my goodness, that would be such a super fun time for us. I am so intrigued by dinosaurs and would love to do this after dark. What a fun family activity!

  8. My youngest son would go crazy at this place. He is a HUGE dinosaur fan and has been since he was really, really little. It looks like ya’ll had a blast!

  9. Sarah Hayes says:

    this looks like a fun place! we are big dino fans in this family.

  10. Darcy Koch says:

    I would love for my grandsons to visit a place like this. They would be mesmerized.

  11. Oh my goodness! My boys are so obsessed with dinosaurs. They’d love something like this, what fun!

  12. Wow! I didn’t know about this. It looks so fun and interesting. Love that it’s not as far too.

  13. Peggy Nunn says:

    Oh what a lot of fun. I wish they had something like that near me.

  14. That looks like so much fun.

  15. This looks fun. My son would love it.

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