How to Be the Coolest Parents On the Planet Thanks to Dinovember!

I like to think that Allie and I are the coolest parents on the planet. And, well, we are. Or rather, we were, up until I found out about Refe and Susan Tuma.

This insanely creative couple are the founders of a new month: Dinovember! While most parents are busy prepping for Thanksgiving, these two have unleashed a mighty army of dinosaurs upon their house.

See, every year in November, Refe and his wife spend the entire month lying to their children. Tricking them. Making them the butt of one huge, prehistoric practical joke. And quite honestly, I think it is the coolest, most innovate and creative thing I’ve seen in a very long time.

What these two do is try to convince their kids that while they sleep, their plastic toy dinosaurs come to life and pretty much destroy the house. Every morning, the kids come downstairs to see just what mess their toy dinosaurs have gotten into.

It all started fairly tame with the little beasts ripping open a box of cereal.


Then they got real messy. Not “eggsactly” what you want to wake up to in your kitchen, right?

#Dinovember eggs kitchen

But it’s not all about messes. Here’s the gang having fun at the beach!

#Dinovember beach party

And even playing some classic board games. I’m seriously impressed that they’re playing Settlers of Catan. I thought dinosaurs weren’t that smart!


And they even found some buried treasure!

#Dinovember pirates

They’re also great graffiti artists. I’m guessing the t-Rex didn’t participate though. No way he could properly hold a spray can.

#Dinovember spray paint

So why do these guys do it? Because they’re 12 shades of awesomesauce, that’s why. Read Refe’s reasoning:

Why do we do this? Because in the age of iPads and Netflix, we don’t want our kids to lose their sense of wonder and imagination. In a time when the answers to all the world’s questions are a web-search away, we want our kids to experience a little mystery. All it takes is some time and energy, creativity, and a few plastic dinosaurs.

Childhood is fleeting, so let’s make sure it’s fun while it lasts.

Follow the entire Saurus Shenanigans over on the Dinovember Facebook page!

4 thoughts on “How to Be the Coolest Parents On the Planet Thanks to Dinovember!”

  1. Wow! That was awesome, I love the last bit, ‘Refe’s reasoning “Childhood is fleeting, so let’s make sure it’s fun while it lasts.” I felt like a 5 year old again, just by looking at the plastic dinosaurs. I will always keep this in mind. 🙂 Technology can hinder a kids childhood. But, parents like you help keep childhood, fun.

  2. Something I played when I was young (and still want to play again when time allows me to) – I often built cities (or towns or villages) and put plastic dinosaurs and other toys in the places I built to play some RPGs.


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