Help us to hatch our animatronic baby dinosaur!

by Nottingham Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham in Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

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On 29th April 2017 we successfully raised £7,730 with 24 supporters in 61 days

Help us hatch our baby dinosaur! We want to create an animatronic feathered dinosaur to teach children how dinosaurs evolved into birds!

by Nottingham Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham in Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

The Dinosaurs of China exhibition is a world exclusive event in Nottingham. We want to use this opportunity to help to create a dinosaur legacy for the city.

If we are lucky enough to exceed the £4000 we need for our animatronic baby dinosaur, we would like to use any extra  money to create more exciting dinosaur themed activities for families to enjoy.

These include:

-  £5000: Creating a Dino-Dig besides the playground at Highfields so that children can practice being paeontologists and discover dinosaur bones!

 - £10,000: A virtual reality experience which we can use at the exhibition itself and afterwards so that children and families can enter the Jurassic world and learn all about dinosaurs

 - Over £10K: If we can exceed this target we will use the money to enhance the free Dinosaurs of China exhibition at Nottingham Lakeside Arts to create an unforgettable experience for visitors!

Anything that you can give will go towards creating a free dinosaur legacy for local people and visitors to enjoy - we will be very grateful for anything that you can donate.

Thank you!

Help our baby dinosaur to hatch!

In summer 2017, a world-exclusive exhibition of dinosaurs is coming to Nottingham. The exhibition, which is called 'Dinosaurs of China' will see some of the most ferocious Jurassic super-predators setting foot in the city.

This unmissable event features feathered dinosaurs from China,  which have never before been seen outside of Asia. It tells the story of how dinosaurs evolved into birds, and features specimens both large and small, of some of the most important and fascinating dinosaurs ever discovered, such as the Gigantoraptor, the biggest bird like dinosaur ever found.

The main exhibition, will be at the magnificent  Wollaton Hall, a spectacular Elizabethan mansion in Nottingham, which you may know better as Wayne Manor from the Batman, 'Dark Knight Rises' movie, where you will be able to see almost 30 unique specimens, including the Mamenchisaurus, a dinosaur which weighed over 50 tons and was almost 35 metres long!

However, in addition to the main exhibition there will also be a smaller, FREE exhibition  at The University of Nottingham's Lakeside Arts centre, which will look a little like the photo below, and this is where we need your help!

Leaving a dino-legacy for children and families

At Nottingham Lakeside Arts, we want to capitalise on this unique opportunity in order to create a dinosaur legacy for local children and families. Our outreach officer, (Diana-saurus in the video!) often runs workshops at Lakeside and also visits schools, to teach children about subjects based on exhibitions and events at Lakeside. 

We want to make the most of our Dinosaurs of China exhibition at Lakeside, by commissioning a very special, unique animatronic feathered baby dinosaur. The animatronic puppet, which will be similar to the one  below, (but with feathers!), will help us to bring dinosaurs to life for children visiting Lakeside, long after the exhibition has come and gone.

Baby dinosaur

And this (below) is an illustration from the dino-creator of what our dinosaur might actually look like!

The most important part of our project is to inspire a generation of schoolchildren, so we will be doing a series of outreach programmes in the local community that will seek to inform, amaze and entertain.

How you can help

Our main goal: Bring the baby dinosaur to life - £4000
For this we will be able to fund the creation of a unique animatronic puppet dinosaur which will have a permanent home at the Nottingham Lakeside Arts Centre. This will also pay for training so that Diana Saurus and other Lakeside staff can teach children all about dinosaurs.

Stretch targets
If we can raise even more than our main target we can create an even greater legacy that children and families can enjoy for years to come.

Dino-dig: £5000
If we can raise £5000, then in addition to the animatronic baby dinosaur we will be able to create a permanent ‘dino dig’ with dinosaur bones buried in the field beside Lakeside. Children will be able to experience what it’s like to be on an archaeological dig and feel the excitement when they discover dinosaur bones for the first time!

Create your own dinosaurs: £7000
If we can raise £7000, then on top of the baby dinosaur and dino-dig, we can help children create their own dinosaurs on iPads and project them onto the wall at Lakeside.

Virtual reality experience: £12,000
Should we raise £12,000, then we can add a unique virtual reality experience at the Lakeside Dinosaurs of China exhibition, to all the other items listed above.

Any amount you can give will be gratefully received, thank you!


To help raise our target, we are offering a number of amazing rewards, offering unique dinosaur experiences for all ages. These include £5 for a special 'roar out' on Twitter;  £25 for a unique dinosaur print (see pic below); £40 for a family ticket to a storytelling workshop; £50 if you want to be a VIP at the official opening night of the exhibition at Wollaton Hall; £200 for a unique birthday party and much more. Take a look at all our rewards on the right hand side of the page. 

Several rewards also include a personal encounter with Lakeside Arts' very  own 'Diana Saurus' (pictured above), an intreped explorer who is always keen to meet new and budding young paleontologists to join her on her next adventure. 

Dianasaurus will be delivering our storytelling workshops, where she will explain how dinosaurs evolved into the modern day birds we see around us today. She will leave lasting memories and stimulate the minds of her young audience so that they become more interested in the natural world. And if we can reach our funding target we will also have the baby animatronic dinosaur joining Diana Saurus for the story telling. 

These are examples of the fabulous limited edition A2 size posters which are available for just £25 each


Please look at all our rewards to find the perfect dinosaur experience for you and your family. Any amount you can donate, however small, will be greatly appreciated.

In the event that we unable to  reach our £3000 target for the animatronic baby dinosaur, we will use your kind donations to enhance the exhibition at Lakeside Arts, to make it an even better interactive family experience . 

If you have any questions about any of the rewards, please contact us on [email protected]

Think egg, think dino, think animatronic baby dinosaur!

Thank you for your support. 

To find out more about the exhibition, or for tickets, visit the Dinosaurs of China website at

And take a look at our video below which provides more information about the exciting dinosaurs you will be able to see in Nottingham this summer!


This project has been approved for funding through the Heritage + The Crowd match funding. It has received a bridge of 50% towards its fundraising target from Heritage Lottery Fund.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Receive a Twitter 'roar-out' as a big THANK YOU! Just send us the name of the person you want the 'roar-out' to go to, and your Twitter username so we can tag you in our tweet. Email [email protected] with the name and handle you want us to Tweet!

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Your name will be put up on our Dino Wall of Fame on the Dinosaurs of China webpage. Please email us on [email protected] to let us know the name/s that you would like us to put onto our dino-wall of fame!

£15 or more

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£15 Reward

Get an exclusive A2 sized print of the rawsome Dilophosaurus, a ferocious dinosaur which you might recognize from the Jurassic Park movies. Please allow two weeks for delivery. Please allow two weeks for delivery in the UK. Purchasers from countries outside the UK, please contact us for shipping costs on +44(0)115 748 4555.

£15 or more

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£15 Reward

Get a limited edition A2 sized print of the Alxasaurus, a colourful feathered dinosaur only recently discovered in the Gobi desert. Please allow two weeks for delivery in the UK. Purchasers from countries outside the UK, please contact us for shipping costs on +44(0)115 748 4555

£20 or more

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£20 Reward

Exclusive lunchtime lecture at Nottingham Lakeside Arts Centre with expert paleontologists telling the story of the dinosaurs, with the additional benefit of afternoon tea following the lecture. This will take place during the spring or summer on a date which is convenient for the people who pledge. Email us on [email protected] if you have any questions about this.

£40 or more

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£40 Reward

One hour family ( 4 persons) storytelling workshop with Diana Saurus at the Lakeside Arts Centre, you will discover the evolutionary journey of how birds came from dinosaurs, perfect for children aged 6-10. Please note, the workshops will take place once we have reached a minimum number of people to make it viable. Sessions will take place in spring and summer so there should be a date good for you. Please email [email protected] for info.

£50 or more

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£50 Reward

You and your family (4 persons) can get an up close and handle some of Lakeside's rare exhibits including a Mammoth tusk and more! The exact date will be set once we have reached a minimum number of people. It will take place in the spring/summer this year. There will be more than one session, so we're sure that there will be a date to suit you. Each £50 pledge is for a family of up to 4. For more info email [email protected]

£50 or more

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£50 Reward

A ticket to our very special VIP opening night at Wollaton Hall on Friday the 30th June 2017, brush shoulders with experts and like minded Dinosaur enthusiasts and be one of the first to view this unique exhibition. Please note that the ticket is per person. Email [email protected] if you have any queries.

£70 or more

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£70 Reward

Meet the experts at an intimate reception at the Lakeside Arts Centre. You'll be greeted with refreshments and canapes and have the chance to see two dinosaurs never before seen outside of Asia. Learn about the exhibits in more depth with those who uncovered their secrets. This reward will be delivered once we have reached a minimum number of people for this event. It will take place in summer 2017. Any queries please email [email protected]

£100 or more

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£100 Reward

Young explorers, spend the whole day being a palaeontologist with Diana Saurus. She'll provide an exciting, interactive tour around the exhibition where you will learn more about the dinosaurs. You'll discover stories of how dinosaurs became birds, and handle real fossils like a true explorer. You'll also get posters of the Alxasaurus and Dilophosaurus. This will take place in the summer of 2017. Email [email protected] for info.

£200 or more

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£200 Reward

Dino birthday party with Diana Saurus. A unique birthday experience for your child and 9 friends to meet Diana Saurs, see the dinosaurs at Lakeside and hear tales from the dino days! Please note that these parties will take place after the exhibition opens in July. We will try our best to run it as close to your birthday as possible. Please email us on [email protected] or contact us on 0115 748 4555 to discuss.

£5,000 or more

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£5,000 Reward

The Lakeside exhibition will become an exclusive venue for your corporate reception. You and your clients will be greeted with food and drinks. There will also be a talk by the curator telling the story of their discovery, as well as access to the other galleries hosting an exhibit of 60's sculptures, perfect for art enthusiasts. Maximum of 50 delegates. Please email [email protected], or tel: 0115 748 4555 to discuss your requirements

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