Friday, June 14, 2013

All Aboard the Dinosaur Train for Tons of Fun in June - Including FREE Father's Day Printable Card #Giveaway

Disclosure:  I was not compensated in any way for this post.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

"Yes!  Summer break is almost here, and The Jim Henson Company and partners want to help you kick-start your summer fun with some great ideas for the entire family!

·       June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month–a great time to take the family on a “trip” to visit your local National Zoo or Aquarium!
·       The Jim Henson Company has teamed up with Penguin Young Readers Group to give you the opportunity to review and giveaway an all-new DINOSAUR TRAIN book, Buddy’s Favorite Trips!
·       And to sweeten things up, we have some wonderful Dinosaur Train Cake Toppers and Dinosaur Train Cup Cake Rings from DecoPak so your kids can make dad their favorite DINOSAUR TRAIN treats to celebrate Father’s Day…with your help of course!
·       PLUS – we have a FREE Father’s Day Card to download too!  Woo hoo!

Now for the details!

Celebrating National Zoo and Aquarium Month in June is a great opportunity to gather the family and take “a trip” to explore your local zoo and aquarium, as well as to visit the websites of America’s great zoos and aquariums. Many of the sites offer excellent educational resources, including photographs, videos, facts, lesson plans and activities.  The Association of Zoos andAquariums provides a collection of links to their accredited zoos and aquariums.

The Jim Henson Company has also recently created The Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour, which provides some great resources for you that any young DINOSAUR TRAIN fan is going to love! 

What is the Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour?  It’s is a mobile website that may be viewed on a desktop or laptop computer, or on a smartphone web browser, and relates dinosaur and natural history content from the DINOSAUR TRAIN animated television series (which airs on PBS KIDS), to zoo and aquarium animals.

At aquariums and zoos, The Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour will teach kids fun facts about today’s living creatures, and encourage them to learn more about the relationship between modern day ocean life and animals such as sharks, crabs, turtles, elephants, bats, birds, crocodiles and more, and their prehistoric ancestors.    You can see the site at the following link:

You can access the mobile website either before, during or after visits to zoos and aquariums to enhance your child’s engagement in paleontology, animal science and natural history.  Guides can also be downloaded for families to take with them on their visits too:

Click here to download the Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour for the Zoo
Click here to download the Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour for the Aquarium
Click here to download the Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour for the Natural History Museum

The kids might just find that with the help of the Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour, visiting Zoo’s, Aquarium’s and Natural History Museum’s are among their “favorite trips” ever!

Everyone enjoys taking fun trips, including DINOSAUR TRAIN’S Buddy!  Buddy fans everywhere are sure to enjoy the new sticker stories from Penguin Young Readers Group, Buddy’s Favorite Trips.   With over 75 stickers, this sticker stories book takes fans on a ride on the Dinosaur Train and features… that’s right… Buddy's favorite trips! For ages 3-5; SRP $6.99; available wherever books are sold!  To browse all the Dinosaur Train books, go to

And finally, it’s Father’s Day on June 16 and a great time to help the kids create some fun treats for dad decorated with their favorite DINOSAUR TRAIN characters! DecoPak has provided a Dinosaur Train Dinosaur Express Cake Topper and Dinosaur Train Cupcake Rings, featuring Buddy and Tiny.   These products are available at various online stores including (prices vary).  You can also visit to find a bakery in your area that may be able to make these cakes for you!

Dinosaur Train Cake Decorating Decoset

And if you are feeling very adventurous, you can try and create the scene below!  Instructions here!

Dinosaur Train Cupcake Rings

And last but not least, we have a FREE Dinosaur Train Father’s Day Card for you to download here.  Just color it in and add a special photo!!


One lucky reader will win a copy of the Buddy’s Favorite Trips book, a Dinosaur Train Cake Topper and 3 Cup Cake Rings.  To enter this fun Dinosaur Train giveaway, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good  luck!

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Disclosure:  I was not compensated in any way for this post.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.