TO DO | KIDS
If your kids are into dinosaurs, the Musée Parc des Dinosaures et Préhistoire in Mèze is a definite must-go. Here you can meet a life-sized Tyrannosaurus Rex replica and many other dinosaurs with unpronounceable names. I really don’t understand how children can memorise them… Our kids couldn’t wait to go on an adventure and plunge into prehistoric times.
The Musée Parc des Dinosaures et Préhistoire in Mèze is the largest of its kind in Europe. You might be wondering why such a large museum dedicated to dinosaurs and the evolution of man is located in the South of France. Well, back in 1996, a large number of dinosaur eggs were found at this very paleontological site. This exciting discovery proved that this region was occupied by different species of dinosaurs, millions and millions of years ago. And thus a perfect place to set up an educational museum around these dinosaur eggs.
When entering the park, you’re immediately facing a gigantic Tyrannosaurus Rex, attacking a Triceratops with its baby. The mood is set for the rest of the visit… Walking along the pathway, through a shady pine forest, we encounter many fierce looking dinosaurs. Our kids are already big, but I can imagine it can be somewhat scary for the little ones. Although I didn’t hear one child cry. You can also see some of the real dinosaur egg fossils in the display cases scattered around the parc.
After the dinosaurs, we entered the prehistoric part of the parc. It’s like getting two museums for the price of one. This second part is entirely devoted to human evolution, including reconstructing scenes representing the different stages of humankind. As our kids learned about the prehistoric time this school year, their history lessons came more alive. They even met a representation of Lucy, the famous australopithecine fossil.
To make prehistory even more vivid for the kids, the museum really puts in an effort. Apart from information boards with visuals and clear explanations (also parts in English), the children can actually use stone tools. It showed our children perfectly how difficult it is to scrape, cut and incise with a prehistoric silex. All in all, we had a great and interesting afternoon. After the obligatory stop at the museum shop, we finally went back to present time.