We first went to Marwell Zoo in Hampshire when the girls were really small and we couldn’t wait to go back, especially as this summer BRICKOSAURS has arrived. BRICKOSAURS is a prehistoric experience with LEGO bricks and one not to be missed.
We were given a BRICKOSAURS sheet which had a map of Marwell on one side showing you where they are and on the other side were all the BRICKOSAURS that are dotted around Marwell Zoo, that we had to find and tick off the list. As you can imagine the girls were very excited, who doesn’t love a trail.
What I love about Marwell Zoo is that it is shaped like a horse shoe and as you make your way around, it is well split up with a mixture of animals to see along the way and lots of play areas dotted in between the animals. This means the children can stop for a quick play, parents can have a pit stop and it keeps their interest as you make your way around all the animals.
There is a land train that can take you around too, if you have tired legs and you can head to Penguin Station and take a train ride around the zoo too.
We like to walk around to make the most of seeing everything and our first stop was to see the penguins. Penguins are one of my favourite animals and they were so cute to see.
Along with the penguins, there was a small play area and the girls had a quick run about.
We picked a great day to go, the weather was perfect! On our way round we spotted some flamingoes in the middle of the field. Holly is always intrigued as to why they stand on one leg.
It was then on to see my favourite animals, the giraffes. There is just something so regal and beautiful about giraffes and I just love them. Most of them were indoors, in fact there were seven because Alice counted them 🙂
We then went outside on the platform, which is where you can see the giraffes if they are outside and there was one outside on his own.
Also from the platform we could see the zebras in the field. Alice loves the zebras and has been learning all about them at school recently. The girls are a great age, where they are really interested to learn about the animals as well as see them. They were asking us lots of questions, about where they live and what they like to eat.
Opposite the giraffe house, is a running area. Where you can run a race and see if you’re as fast as the animals. The girls loved it.
We were also spotting the BRICKOSAURS on our way round and had ticked a few off.
As we were leaving this area we saw in the zebra house a mummy and baby zebra, who was feeding from his mum. It was so cute to see.
There was a play area at the next point and the girls had great fun on it all. It also made me realise how big Holly is getting, as she really didn’t need any help from us.
We also spotted another BRICKOSAURS
It was then time to carry on round and we went to see if we could spot the tigers. We managed to catch a quick look at one as he was walking away, but they were well hidden and we didn’t get a good look this time.
The girls then spotted the meerkats and they looked like they were sunbathing led on their backs. They also couldn’t wait to become a meerkat!
Plus another BRICKOSAURS ticked off the list.
We then arrived at the tropical house which is new and we hadn’t seen it before. It was very warm inside and it was really nice to see the different animals that like this climate.
There was lots of cool things to do and they had an area that talked about energy and what it takes to power our modern lifestyle.
It was then time for lunch and we had brought a picnic with us. There are lots of picnic areas dotted all over Marwell Zoo and there is a cafe, near the meerkats if you need it.
When we were having our picnic the zebras had come over to the other side of the field that is in the middle of Marwell and they were so close to us.
We had our picnic next to Base Camp which we went to once we had eaten. This is the BRICKOSAURS Base Camp and not to be missed.
Inside are two large areas full of LEGO bricks and there is a great dinosaur made from LEGO that you can climb up and get your photo taken with.
The girls found a spot and started to build their LEGO. It was nice to have a place to come indoors and rest from walking while they did it. I just wish they had a place to buy a coffee to enjoy while the girls were building.
The girls had great fun building and there was plenty of room and LEGO for everyone.
We also spotted some BRICKOSAURS outside too.
And as we were walking out of the Base Camp area.
The girls then spotted another play area and had a quick play, which is always fun. Especially when there is a slide that you can both fit on.
On we went to find some more animals and we found the rhinos.
Holly found a truck to sit in and pretend to drive.
Another BRICKOSAURS to tick off!
We saw a very lazy red panda who was asleep up a tree!
There were Wallaby’s keeping cool in the shade.
The next BRICKOSAURS we spotted, they had also done fossils in LEGO and left a small shovel out too.
Next to each of the BRICKOSAURS are plaques telling you about them and wait until to see how long it takes them to build one BRICKOSAUR!!!
In the middle of Marwell is Marwell Hall and gardens to look around. There is also a large grass area and a bank which the girls and Andy were running up and down. I was resting my feet!!
We also had an ice cream and then carried on round. We saw an otter in the water.
Alice was desperate to see a hippopotamus, but they weren’t about and she had to settle for sitting on a statue of one instead.
We had a great day at Marwell Zoo, we loved seeing all the animals. Plus BRICKOSAURS is a great addition to Marwell and the girls loved spotting them all, as we made our way around. BRICKOSAURS will be at Marwell Zoo until 1st September 2019, which means you have plenty of time to visit and see them all.
Disclosure: We were kindly invited to Marwell Zoo to experience BRICKOSAURS and share our experience. All views, opinions and photos are my own.