This post is sponsored by DreamWorks Animation. All opinions are my own.
Everything’s at stake in all new episodes of Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous, coming to Netflix on January 22!
But you don’t have to wait until January 22 to watch season 1 on Netflix!
If you’re new to the show, here’s everything you need to know about the first season (no spoilers!)
What is Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous About?
Set against the timeline of the blockbuster film Jurassic World, Camp Cretaceous follows a group of six teenagers trapped at a new adventure camp on the opposite side of Isla Nublar. When the events of the Jurassic World film begin to unfold and dinosaurs get out of containment across the island, each kid realizes their very survival rests on the shoulders of themselves and their fellow campers. Unable to reach the outside world, our six teens will go from strangers to friends to family as they band together to survive the dinosaurs and uncover hidden secrets so deep they threaten the world itself.
For more on season 1, read my Camp Cretaceous review and breakdown of Jurassic World (and Jurassic Park) movie references that I spotted in the animated series.
Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous Season 2 Arrives on Netflix on January 22
What have the campers been up to since we last saw them in season 1? Watch the new trailer for a sneak peek!
Jurassic World Gingerbread Gates
As a lifetime Jurassic Park and Jurassic World fan (from my grandpa to my mom and nephew, it’s a family favorite!), I was thrilled to partner with DreamWorks Animation to bring the iconic Jurassic World Gates to life this holiday season… in gingerbread fashion!
Find step-by-step instructions to make your own at home, including a few printable templates to cut out your gingerbread pieces.
How to Decorate Jurassic World Gingerbread Gates
Ingredients and Supplies:
- 1 c. shortening
- 2 eggs
- 1 c. molasses
- 2 tbsp. white vinegar
- 1 c. sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tsp. ginger
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. cloves
- 5 c. flour, plus extra for dusting
- 3 tbsp. meringue powder
- 4 c. powdered sugar
- 1/2 c. warm water (total) — 1/4 c. for the icing base and the remainder to reach desired consistency
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Food coloring — red, yellow, brown, black, green
- Small, round icing tips
- Icing bags
- Paring knife
- Wax paper
- Rolling pin
- Jurassic World Gingerbread Gates stencil (print and cut out) — DOWNLOAD
- Large baking sheet
Baking the Gingerbread Pieces
Prepare the gingerbread cookie dough by combining all of the ingredients in a large bowl, adding the flour gradually until combined.
Cover the dough and chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
Once the dough is chilled, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Roll out a large piece of dough to ¼ in. thickness directly onto a baking sheet. Use the gate stencil to cut out the shape with a paring knife. Bake for 17-19 minutes (until firm and dark brown around the edges).
Cut out two large rectangles (stencil included) for the electric fence. Bake for 15-17 minutes (until firm and dark brown around the edges).
With the remaining dough, cut out the smaller pieces which will be used for the stands and supports — in total, 2 small rectangles and 8 supports. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Decorating the Gates
Before getting started with the decorating, here are a few tips that I’ve found helpful:
- Use a round icing tip to ice detailed designs and shapes.
- To prevent icing colors from bleeding, let the icing dry before adding another color of icing next to or on top of another.
- When decorating, use a thicker icing to outline shapes/letters and use a thinner icing (with added water) to flood or fill the shapes.
Prepare the royal icing by mixing the meringue powder, powdered sugar, vanilla, and ½ c. warm water until combined.
Starting with the gate cookie, outline and fill the outer stone arch with gray icing.
In the center of the gate cookie, outline the inner wood doors with brown icing.
For the two electric fence cookies, use black icing to add fence markings to each.
On a piece of wax paper, use yellow icing to outline the letters for ‘Jurassic World’, then fill them with red icing.
TIP – If you’re nervous to freehand the lettering, print out a picture of the logo and secure it underneath the wax paper to use as a guide to trace.
Use black icing to outline the letters for ‘Camp Cretaceous’, then fill them with yellow icing. Use black, red, and yellow icing to ice the circular Jurassic World logo design. Let all words and designs dry overnight.
Once the icing words and the logo have completely dried (I let mine dry overnight), carefully peel the wax paper away. Use icing as glue to secure the words and logo in place on the stone arch and wood doors.
Add small fire torches on each side of the stone arch with brown, yellow, and red icing.
Use yellow and green icing to add the hexagon shape on the doors around the words.
For the two cookie stands for the main gate, use brown icing to secure two support pieces to each small rectangle cookie. Leave the middle open for the cookie to be inserted into the stand. Let dry completely before using.
For the two electric fence cookies, use brown icing to secure the remaining support pieces directly along the bottom edge on the back of the cookie. Let dry completely before standing the fence cookies on their own.
Insert the gate cookie in the two cookie stands, then place an electric fence cookie on either side.
WELCOME — to Jurassic World!
Season 1 of Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous is available to stream on Netflix. Season 2 arrives on January 22.