Dinosaur Train is a computer animated TV series set in the prehistoric world of active volcanos, swamps and jungles. It follows the story of Buddy the T-rex as he goes on a train adventure.
Where to watch or stream Dinosaur Train?
You can watch buy or rent Dinosaur Train on Netflix, Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Prime, and Vudu.
- Netflix (Episodes 1 to 40)
- Google Play (Episodes 1 to 95)
- Vudu (Episodes 1 to 40)
- iTunes (Episodes 1 to 100)
- Amazon Prime (Episodes 1 to 40), Amazon Videos (Episodes 1 to 100)
Dinosaur Train is on PBS Kids network.
Dinosaur Train: Adventure Island (The Movie)
The series is very popular among kids and the series has been subsequently made into a movie titled Dinosaur Train: Adventure Island (2021), which is available on Google Play, iTunes and Amazon.
What is Dinosaur Train about?
Dinosaur Train follows the life of Buddy the Tyrannosaurus as he travels through the whole prehistoric world, crossing mountains, volcanos and oceans. The Dinosaur Train can even transport Buddy and his friends magically through time, exploring the entire Mesozoic Era, or “the age of Dinosaurs”.
The catchy theme tune explains that Buddy is a T-Rex adopted by a Pteranodon family. When Buddy knew of his origins, he set off on a journey to learn everything he can about his species. The Dinosaur Train is manned by a knowledgable Trodden Conductor, who helped supply dinosaur facts.
The dinosaurs in the show are real
Dinosaur species presented in the Dinosaur Train are all based on actual dinosaurs discovered by palaeontologists. The show also features an educational consultant and palaeontologist, Dr Scott D Sampson who comes on to the show at the end of each episode to explain the learnings from the episode in greater detail.
What does Dinosaur Train teach kids?
According to PBS, the program is designed to:
- Stimulate children’s interest in science
- Help children develop inquiry skills to think like a scientist
- Provide core science knowledge
- Inspire children to conduct their own explorations and investigations of the natural world, such as visiting local science and natural history museums and joining fossil hunts.
The program exposes children to a wide variety of natural science topics such as life cycles, what the different kinds of dinosaurs like to eat and how they co-exist in their natural habitat. As the entire series is designed to entertain very young children, the educational content had been specially adapted to exclude some of the details that children might find distressful.
How long is the program?
There are 5 seasons (100 episodes) in total. Each episode lasts around half an hour. The first season was aired in 2009 and the last season in 2019.
What age is the Dinosaur Train aimed at?
Dinosaur Train is aimed at 3 to 6 year olds, the peak age in which kids are typically interested in this prehistoric creature. It is common for kids at this age to fall in love with dinosaurs and want to everything they have – from clothes to entertainment – with dinosaurs on them.
That’s why this program is a great gateway for preschoolers to life science, natural history and palaeontology.
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Highlights from the series
Dad takes the children on a special Night Train to Troodon Town, where the Troodons have decorated their Roundhouse into a spooky haunted house ready for a party. The children find themselves meeting a new creature hiding inside the roundhouse trying to catch some sleep. The Pteranodon family learns more about the customs of their neighbors, the Lambeosaurus family during “Gourd Day” celebration – a sort of Mesozoic Halloween. The children finally see their first pumpkins, and Larry Lambeosaurus even shows the children a way to hollow them out and carve faces into them.
One hour of Dinosaur Train (Free)
A compilation of 6 episodes of Dinosaur Train, available on Dinosaur Train Official YouTube.
More About Dinosaur Train
Where else can you go to find more resources about Dinosaur Train? Here are a few YouTube channels, learning resources, and fan merchandizes you can buy for your little Dino fan.
- Official Dinosaur Train YouTube channel
- The Jim Henson company Take A Ride on Dinosaur Train YouTube channel
- Dinosaur Train Fandom wiki site