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Dinosaur Birthday Party Ideas and Activities

Updated on August 26, 2012

Dinosaur Cupcakes!

Hosting A Dinosaur Party

There is nothing more thrilling than a party filled with Tyrannosaurs, Triceratops, and the occasional Pterodactyl. For the perfect dinosaur party, you will need to have exciting party favors, games, and party snacks.

Set the stage by arranging dinosaur cut-outs or dinosaur inflatables around the backyard (or inside the house, as weather dictates). Create a T-Rex footprint on the driveway with sidewalk chalk (the average Tyrannosaurus Rex had a foot that was 3.3 feet long), and estimate how many children will fit inside the footprint. Set up a "volcano" with dry ice in the center to create a billowing, smoky decoration (keep dry ice out of the reach of children, since the ice can cause burns to skin).

Dinosaur Party Favors

Adopt your own dinosaur! Have a dinosaur adoption table prepared, complete with adoption certificates. Place small stuffed dinosaurs in baskets containing with dinosaur "kibble" (Reese's Pieces make excellent dinosaur food). Each child will choose a name and sign an adoption certificate for their dinosaur. Small, inexpensive plush dinosaurs can be obtained from the Oriental Trading Company or from the Dollar Tree.

Amazon offers the widest variety of dinosaur themed items, though shipping costs and shipping time must be considered before purchasing items online.

Signing the adoption paperwork
Signing the adoption paperwork

Dinosaur Party Games

  • Dinosaur Hunt: Hide plastic dinosaurs around the backyard, and send the children out with bags to find them. Alternately, place the dinosaurs into a sand box and have the children participate in a dinosaur "dig."
  • Dinosaur Egg Hunt: Apply dots to plastic Easter Eggs, so they resemble dinosaur eggs. Place small plastic dinosaurs or candy into each egg and hide them in the yard.
  • Dinosaur Pinata: Fill a dinosaur shaped pinata with candy and other small party favors, and have the children take turns hitting the pinata.
  • Dinosaur Egg Scramble: Have a relay race with the children, while they balance a "dinosaur egg" on a spoon. The last team with an intact egg wins the race!

Dinosaur Party Snacks

Make simple party sandwiches (jelly sandwiches are often appreciated by kids) and cut them into the shape of dinosaur feet. Place the sandwiches on a long platter so they resemble dinosaur tracks across the table.

Cupcakes are a fun addition to any party, and the children will love decorating their own cupcake. Include candy dinosaur eggs (Jelly Belly jellybeans) and green sprinkles. A plastic dinosaur makes a wonderful cupcake topper.

Dinos For Adoption

Dinosaur Party Send-Off

After the cupcakes have been eaten, the games are done, and the dinosaurs adopted, gather the entire group and take a picture of the children with their new pet dinosaurs. Hand out any additional party favors and make sure to send a copy of the photo to the other parents: this is one party the kids won't forget!


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    • leahlefler profile imageAUTHOR

      Leah Lefler 

      4 years ago from Western New York

      My little boy loved his dinosaur party when he was three years old! It was a really fun theme. He loves superheroes, Star Wars, and dinosaurs - all fun party themes!

    • samowhamo profile image


      4 years ago

      If I were still a kid this would be my idea of the perfect birthday party but I am 21 now and too old for such things it would have been fun though.


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