Until recently, I had only visited Taman Mini once or twice before in the six years I have been living here. Once was to go to a Family Gathering with Samudra’s nenek for her work at Snow Bay water park when Samudra was still a little baby, and the other time was pre Samudra to have a very quick look around. I thought it was just a mini Indonesia with housing from each of the provinces that would take hours to walk around so never really looked around properly.
That was before Samudra and I joined our friends for the play date at Dunia Inline Skating. What was intended as a quick catch up in the morning for some skating fun, ended with us spending almost a whole day at Taman Mini exploring and we all had so much fun! We deliberated about whether to go to the Bird Park or somewhere else but I had just heard there was a new Dino Park and wanted to take Samudra, and then everyone decided it would be a good idea to go together.
After eating our lunch we headed to Taman Legenda and were greeted out the front by a big dinosaur which some of the kids were scared of which was fair enough… all they could see was those big scary teeth and not the guys legs in clear view infront of the Dino costume.. but Samudra was so happy to see a DINO!!
After some confusion about the cost and wristbands to enter the park which contained the Dino Park, we made our way inside and it was so awesome! The whole park is very new and the gardens around the Dino section are like a big jungle, with mechanical dinosaurs scattered around, roaring and swaying. Again they were a little scary for some of the kids and they do look very life like, but if you have a little dino fanatic they will love this place. At the end of the path there is a sandpit where kids can dig for dino bones, or choose to run around the path again.
We loved it so much that Putra and I took Samudra back again last weekend and then went exploring around the whole park as during our play date we had to leave because the skies opened up with heavy rain cutting our play date short.
Inside the park that contains the Dino area, there is a huge ferris wheel, lots of space to run around, a small animal enclosure where you can pay Rp. 10,000 to feed some rabbits or goats. There is also a carousel, a couple of other rides and best of all… a little waterpark! This is a great way to cool off after skating, or exploring Taman Mini and because it is new, it is still clean and lovely! The whole park is still being finished but it’s another great way to spend some time with the little ones for something different and outdoors.