Got a Jurassic-loving junior on your hands? From dusting off old bones to learning what a Brachiosaurus ate, we’ve dug up some pint-sized paleontologist fun. Scroll through our slideshow to learn where to get the dirt on these giant creatures in and near San Diego.

Alta Vista Gardens

Walk through tunnels, roar with the sculptures, stand face-to-face with a Triceratops, sea serpent and dragon. Dig in the sand by a baby Brachiosaurus. Then, explore different sounds with the wind chime in the musical garden. Search the butterfly tent. The best part, it’s not crowded. We recommend bringing snacks and water. You’ll find the bathrooms outside of the garden.

Hours: Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $5/person donation

1270 Vale Terrace Dr.
Vista, Ca
760-945-3954
Online: altavistagarden.org

photo: Alta Vista Gardens

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––Nikki Walsh