Eastgate Dinosaur Days

Saturday 12th October - Saturday 2nd November

Eastgate Dinosaur Days

After 66 million years, the dinosaurs have returned to the Highlands! Come along to Eastgate Shopping Centre between 12th October – 2nd November and come face to face with some of the greatest dinosaurs that ever lived!

Displayed in an environment which replicates their natural habitat, the striking Triceratops, fearsome Allosaurus and ferocious Tyrannosaurus will captivate visitors of all ages.



Dino Fun Days

As well as the opportunity to see the Jurassic beasts up close, free craft activities to keep children amused will take place at the Dino School.

  • Date: Saturday 12th October. Activity: Dino Scratch Art - children will be able to make their own scratch art magnet in the shape of their favourite dinosaur.
  • Date: Wednesday 16th October. Activity: Dino Dotty Art - children will be invited to make their own colourful dinosaur using fun dotty stickers. Professor Jimmy McSaurus of the Scottish Institute of Dinosaurology, who has a wealth of dinosaur facts at his fingertips, will also be in the centre with a selection of dinosaur fossils.
  • Date: Saturday 19th October. Activity: Dino Crowns - little ones can become the king or queen of the dinosaur kingdom by colouring in their own dinosaur crown. Free face painting will also be available.
  • Date: Wednesday 23rd October. Activity: Dino Mugs - children can drop-in to draw a dinosaur themed masterpiece using felt tip pens. The artwork will be transferred to a mug which can be taken home. Professor Jimmy McSaurus will also make a return visit. Free face painting will also be available.
  • Date: Saturday 26th October.  Activity: Dino Masks - children can design and colour in a dinosaur mask to wear and scare.
  • Date: Saturday 2nd November. Activity: Dino Decorations & Tattoos - young dinosaur enthusiasts can colour in a wooden decoration to take home. Temporary dinosaur tattoos will also be available.

All crafts will take place in Eastgate’s Food Court, from 12 noon to 4:00 pm on a first comefirst served first served basis.

For those not able to attend one of the activity sessions, a drawing activity and dinosaur shaped blackboards will be available from Saturday 12th October - Saturday 2nd November. 

***Parental supervision is required at all times***


Eastgate Retailers

Eastgate retailers are also looking forward to the event, with many linking in with the Jurassic theme.

By entering one of The Entertainer’s in-store competitions between Saturday 12th October - Saturday 2nd November, you will be added to their dinosaur-themed prize draw. The winner will win a 6ft inflatable dinosaur plus some extra goodies! On Wednesday 16th and 23rd October (12 noon – 4:00 pm) they are also hosting a toy testing workshop - children will also be able to try out the latest dinosaur toys to hit the shelves.

Also on Wednesday 16th and 23rd October, Waterstones are hosting a drop-in story session at 12 noon and 2:00 pm (each session will last approx. 30 minutes). You will also be able to purchase a dino-themed book for your little ones next bed time story.

Before leaving the centre, you can also purchase a movie to continue the dinosaur magic at home! A range of dinosaur films for adults and kids will be available from HMV between Saturday 12th October - Saturday 2nd November. The 2018 film ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ will be amongst the range of exciting titles!



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