Prehistoric Dino Dig Party Activity
August 31, 2018
Can U Dig It? balloons over a dino dig party activity sand pit site.

Dino Dig Dinosaur Party Activity, Can You Dig It balloons and "Dig Site" sign

Prehistoric Dino Dig Party Activity {and more!}

A dino dig party activity is a HIT! Somehow my little boy turned 6 years old. I'm not sure when or how, but it happened. I keep telling him I'm not going to allow him to have any more birthdays but it's starting to look like I don't have much control of that part either. Plus if we didn't have birthdays, how could I throw a party!? Alright. I guess if they insist on growing, I'll insist on planning super fun parties. You can check out all the details of my son's Prehistoric Dinosaur Party {coming soon!}

Do you ever feel like your kid's parties are stressful? Keeping kids occupied is typically the biggest stress when hosting a children's party. Because of this I tend to plan way too many activities for the kids than we ever use but I like to be prepared. Since this dino dig kept them busy for nearly an HOUR just a couple of games rounded out the party nicely. Read on for fun and simple Dinosaur party activity ideas….

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Can U Dig It? 

Group photo of kids under balloons reading "can U dig it" for a dino dig party activity

The biggest question for all our guests was “Can you dig it?” With their best dinosaur roar, we confirmed all guests were prepped and ready to go! First stop….

Feed the T-Rex

boy throwing a bean bag into a dinosaur mouth

While we waited for all the guests to arrive each person had a chance to feed the T-Rex. A bean bag toss is a classic party game that never goes out of style and everyone seemed to love it. I've seen intricate hand painted dino boxes on Pinterest but when I found this T-Rex photo prop from Oriental Trading I knew it was meant to be. We attached it to a corn hole stand and used my alphabet bean bags to feed the hungry fellow. My hubs thought setting it up would be the most fun but proved challenging for our young crowd.

T-rex poster on a corn hole game makes for a fun feed the t-rex dinosaur party activity

After laying it down properly the feeding success rate went WAAAAY up! Our little dinosaur hunters had a blast with their “feeding sessions” and didn't really want to stop. But we moved them along before the bean bags ended up being tossed at each other! I went back and forth deciding whether we NEEDED a corn hole set for this party and I'm super happy with our purchase. We've since used it a bunch of times with family and friends. So if you're on the fence….I'll give you a nudge.

Pro Tip: Keep things moving and switch to a new activity BEFORE they get bored with the existing game. This will deter them from getting “creative” with their play which usually results in rough housing and injury to bodies or property!

Dino Dig Party Activity

Dig site equipment boxes for each party guest for a dino dig party activity.

The main event however was a dino dig party activity! I've been so excited about this for months. Anytime you have a more intensive party activity start by explaining the ground rules to your guests. This ensures they know what to expect and helps it go much smoother. I also like to add an educational component and talked about paleontology, why it's important to find dinosaur bones, and how they should be treated when found. Each child then receives a personalized “Dig Site Equipment box and heads outside to the pit.

Dino Dig Site

A sand pit cordoned off with tape to reveal a dino dig party activity

We've been landscaping our backyard and I was dismayed to find out that our deck would not be built in time for the party BUT this cloud had a silver lining in the form of a HUGE sand pit. It's way better and bigger than what I originally planned. We cordoned off the dig site and buried several fossil options for each guest.

Orange dino dig site tape to cordon off the pit for a dino dig party activity

The bright orange dino dig site ribbon, from Oriental Trading, was the perfect way to keep the kids from digging outside the official excavation area.

Can U Dig It? balloons over a dino dig party activity sand pit site.

My favorite detail has to be the “Can U Dig It?” Balloon banner that hung to the side of the dino dig site! It was the perfect way to create a “wall” and bring the large open space down to kid scale.

  • 16″ gold letter balloons: Amazon

Dino Dig Site Equipment

Shovels and rakes for a dino dig party activity

A shovel for each child isn't really necessary, provide some general tools like shovels and rakes for the kids to take turns using. I'm okay with kids having to take turns and learning to work together to accomplish a project.

  • Shovels: Walmart summer line
  • Rakes: Kids meal toy from Chick-fil-a {Color coordinated and everything! Score!}
  • Dig Site Sign: Etsy
  • 12″ metal tent stakes: Amazon

Pro Tip: Plan ahead. By knowing the theme and color palette of my son's party I was able to pick up supplies on sale over the course of 3 or 4 months and save LOTS of money. Check dollar stores/dollar spot often for anything you can use, cause you'll end up spending a lot more on last minute purchases somewhere else. 

Dig site equipment box of paint brush, hat, magnifying glass, and chisel for a dino dig party activity

After the big digs are done with the shovels break out the dig site equipment. The bristle brush, chisel, and magnifying glass provided the proper tools for more detailed work.

Kids digging in the sand for a dino dig party activity

When shovels are involved there's bound to be some flipping of sand. Remind young guests not to lift the shovel up but to push the sand to the side instead.

A group of budding paleontologists search for fossils at a dino dig party activity

My sweet daughter was the only one who voluntarily wore her pith helmet during the dino dig but they all played along for the group shot and happily took them home. It was so fun to watch them work together and help other friends who hadn't found their fossils yet.

Dinosaur Fossil Prizes

Toy dinosaur skeleton in the sand of a dino dig party activity site.

We had a few dozen mini toy dinosaur skeletons buried so each guest was able to find 3. If they found more than that, they were to rebury it and help someone else find it. Some were easily recovered, but others were tricky and blended in a little too well with the sand!

Super Paleontologist box of tools for a dino dig party activity.

Several dozen salt dough dinosaur fossils were another fun prize that my children helped me to make the week before the party. You can see how easy they are to DIY here.

Dinosaur fossil toy being unearthed during a dino dig party activity

The grand prize for each guest was a clay block containing a rubber dinosaur fossil. After all the fossils were found we moved the party into the shade and proceeded to excavate the fossil blocks. They were a total steal at Target's Dollar Spot and the kids had a great time chiseling away until they excavated their bones.

Dino Dig Printables Dig site equipment box of paint brush, hat, and rake for a dino dig party activity

Part of what made the dino dig party activity so much fun was the personalized box for each “Super Paleontologist” as part of the “Official Paleontologist Research Team.” I kind of wish I had made them badges now too! But the plain white favor boxes are so easy to customize for your theme. Just print the files out on full sheets of label paper then cut and stick. It takes a minute to finish all the boxes but is so worth it when you see the magic in the children's eyes.

The favor box printables are available in the shop. If you know anyone planning a dinosaur party, please pass this along to them!

Dinosaur Egg Piñata 

We headed inside to forage on snacks and swamp water and cool off a bit before going back outside for our final activity.

Boy hitting a DIY dino egg pinata for a fabulous dinosaur birthday party activity

The last dinosaur game was a long awaited and much requested piñata. You can read all about the piñata's journey to existence here. But long story short, I paper mâchéd this dino egg after being unable to find a dinosaur piñata I liked for my dear boy who very much wanted a piñata at his party.

Broken DIY dino egg piñata with candy and toys surrounded by toy dinosaurs

The dino egg piñata was a success, even though it was a bit painful to see it destroyed! Although I don't think the kids counted on golden dinos moving in to steal their treats! Next time we'll do a better job at keeping out the riff-raff!

Do You Dig It? 

The birthday boy with dinosaur mask, inflatable brachiosaurus, and the number 6 balloon for for dinosaur birthday after a dino dig party activity

What do you think? Did you dig this dino dig party activity and other dinosaur games? Cause we sure did! The birthday boy was in dino heaven and made amazing memories with his best friends. Which activity was your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

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Until next time,

Halfpint Design, personal headshot, Bri Adams


  1. Maryum

    What a brilliant ideas u shared with us. Great thanks..???

  2. Penny Q

    Are the stickers no longer available? No link?

  3. Mia

    Words cannot express how much i am glad that i found this blog.I am just speechless.Because i Love beautiful decor 🙂
    Thanks a lot.
    Absolutely amazing! some of them are masterpieces. I love to see the creativity growing 🙂 ???

  4. Nathalie - Press Print Party!

    What an amazing party. You will not regret buying that corn hole game. You’ll end up using it over and over again at every BBQ!

  5. Emily

    Great ideas with such an ideal Party will remembered !
    Words cannot express how much i am glad that i found this blog.I am just speechless.Because i Love beautiful flowers decor 🙂
    Thank you for sharing your Great trick!! Once again, I’ve learned something new! 🙂

  6. Beth

    Super fun party with lots of great interactive activities!

  7. Jackie

    What a great way to entertain the kiddos! Love these ideas!

  8. Susan

    Bri this party looks like it was so fun ! I love the dig site and your photos look amazing friend.

  9. Holly

    This has to be one of the cutest kids parties ever! The dig site is absolute perfection! I can’t believe you scored with color scheme and all at Chick-fil-a!

  10. Carolina

    Bri! You outdid yourself!! This party was so fun and I can see the kids had a blast!

  11. Lori

    I can’t tell you how much I love this party!! My guys would have loved it so much too!! It’s amazing Bri!!


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