Ten-year-old Dan Henderson is a born leader with an appetite for adventure. Incredibly curious, Dan has an intense love of dinosaurs. He's an aspiring paleontologist and he's such a fan of dinosaurs that he's been nicknamed "Dino Dan." When Dino Dan has a dinosaur question, he goes to the dinosaurs for the answers.
Dan and the dinosaurs have a very special relationship because Dan is the only one who can see them. He uses the dinos to gather evidence, data, and proof of his theories. Dan has to work with the dinos' natural animal instincts in order to get them to cooperate. Whether the reason Dan is the only person who can see the dinosaurs is because they're not actually there or because they only come out from hiding when Dino Dan is around . . . well . . . that's up to the audience to judge. For all intents and purposes, the dinosaurs are there and the reason Dan's the only one who sees them is because everyone else just missed them.
Dan's mom is one cool lady. She's a police officer who loves doing physical activities. Weekends, she likes to make sure Dan and Trek get outside for outings like hiking, bike riding, and horseback riding. Dan gets his irrepressible energy from his Mom and she's very proud of him. But she can be a disciplinarian when she needs to be. Dan's mom will occasionally stand in the way of his dino adventures but that's because she wants him to do his homework, eat his broccoli, and get ready to go to Grandma's.
Cory Schluter is one of Dan's best friends. Cory's super smart, just like Dan, and super funny and doesn't have a mean-spirited bone in his body. He never makes fun of people and, usually, the laughs he gets are at his own expense. As one would expect from the class clown, Cory has a crazy active imagination.
Dan's pal Ricardo is sporty and into all things extreme. Athletic and a team player, Ricardo believes in himself without coming off arrogant. He leads not by telling other people what to do but by example. He would stand up to a bully, a teacher, or a parent if he thought they were wrong but he doesn't talk back and he's not a troublemaker. Ricardo is street smart and, if you're his friend, he's always got your back.
Angie Elia is a typical type-A overachiever. If raising your hand were an Olympic sport, Angie would get a gold medal. Dan and Angie engage in healthy competition; they're both great students and enjoy one-upping each other. Angie is very book smart while Dan is more field-trained, and that can cause some heated debate. She's very literal and needs to see something to believe it.
Jordan Miralles can be slightly awkward. Well, that is unless you get her talking about bugs or spiders . . . then she's as animated and bubbly as you can imagine. All of Jordan's clothes, accessories, and school supplies are bug-themed. She doesn't just love creepy-crawly bugs she also loves the pretty ones (butterflies and lady bugs are big-time favorites!). Jordan keeps a menagerie of spiders and bugs in her bedroom and sometimes . . . they get loose!
Kami Douglas is the class motor mouth, and there's nothing Kami loves as much as talking. Kami loves talking about EVERYTHING. Despite her verbosity, Kami's smart, savvy, and very creative. She dreams of being a film director one day and really wants to have an impact on the world around her.
Dan's little brother Trek is a bit of a copycat. He is always following Dan around and trying to get him to play dinosaurs with him. Of course, that's just because Trek idolizes Dan. Dan loves his brother but finds it a bit of a challenge to include him in his dinosaur research. Surprisingly, Trek will usually end up helping Dan out; Trek's innocence usually points out the simple truth of a situation.
Dan's homeroom teacher, Ms. Carver, isn't always patient when the kids aren't paying attention or didn't do their homework or are acting up. But the one really great thing about Ms. Carver is that she remembers what it's like to be bored in class and strives to make learning fun and will often bring in special guests to teach the kids about special subjects.