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Science Museum – Robots and Wonderlab

We were so fortunate that our recent February half term took place a week after seemingly most of the country’s. This meant that our trip to the Science Museum was not the crushing melee I had feared it might be; I don’t deal well with crowds. I was also concerned that the children would not actually be able to get stuck in with the myriad hands-on experiments if Wonderlab were full to bursting. Thankfully, my fears remained unrealised; we didn’t even have to queue to enter the building! We began our science adventure with a scoot round the Robots exhibit. Open until 3rd September 2017, Robots is an interesting collection depicting the rise of the machine and its increasingly human traits. From the website: “From the dawn of mechanised human forms to cutting-edge technology fresh from the lab, Robots reveals the astonishing 500-year quest to make machines human. Focusing on why they exist rather than on how they work, our blockbuster exhibition explores the ways robots mirror humanity and the insights they offer into our …

Christmas on the i360

Today we took a flight with Santa, in Brighton of all places. The sea a reflection of the slate grey sky, I was not very optimistic that we would see a great deal, but the children were rather giddy with excitement. We were asked to arrive at the British Airways i360 20 minutes pre-flight, which gave enough time to have our tickets scanned, pose for photos, present our bags for checking and be scanned before entry. Soon after checking in, we were boarding the i360. The children, of course, couldn’t wait to check out the views. Inside the donut, as we affectionately refer to it, is spacious with seating around the back wall. There is a champagne bar but no toilet. Then there are the views. Admittedly, beneath today’s drape of mist, we could not see much further than the Marina, but it was interesting to see Brighton from a new perspective. All this week, right up until Christmas Eve, there are Santa flights twice daily, at 2 and 4pm. There is an increased fee …

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Chessington World of Adventures

My first experience of Chessington occurred during the summer of 2008 when I was, unbeknownst to me, three months pregnant with Miss J. I have always wondered if this is why she is such an adrenaline junkie! We returned last August, when she was just under 1.2 metres tall and so couldn’t ride all that she wanted to. On Monday, we visited again, and Miss J was delighted to discover that she was now tall enough for the log flume!    Her other stand out highlight was the Vampire, which she rode for the second year in a row. The queue was, predicably, over an hour long (the joys of theme parks during school holiday season!), but the excitement on her face made it just about worth it!    For the boy, who is less brave when it comes to rollercoasters, he was very happy to explore the zoo and sea life centre, particularly seeing gorillas, lions and tigers, which are his very favourite animals.    Ride wise, he very much enjoyed the pirate boats, …

A Rainy Day at Drusillas Park

My kids have a love/hate relationship with animals or, more accurately, love/fear – my daughter adores them whilst my son is rather more apprehensive around them. Prime example; during a visit to a local farm, we walked through a field of animals where Miss J tried to ride a goat whilst the boy was running away from a goose. Still, we find Drusillas to be quite a good compromise as there are enough animals to keep Miss J happy, and there is also plenty for the boy to do as well. Cuddling Meerkat statues, for example.    And logging stamps in the spotters book.    Of course, for the train enthusiast, Drusillas also boasts a Thomas train that will take you right the way round the park, as well as a few other characters to spot throughout the day.    As mentioned previously, there are enough animals to keep Miss J happy, with meerkats and flamingoes being highlights for her.    And what I quite like about the attraction is the opportunity to do something …

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Arundel Castle

It’s fair to say we live in a rather beautiful part of the country, bordered by coastline and countryside, with historic gardens, stately homes and castles all on our doorstep. One such gem is Arundel Castle, a few miles north of Littlehampton, situated close to the banks of the River Arun.   We were invited to visit for a day during the Easter break and were blessed with mostly good weather. Warm, dry and sunny for several hours before turning grey and drizzly, we enjoyed our first picnic of the year upon arrival.   Once the children were full and a little bouncy, we snuck indoors and headed for the castle keep, which is the oldest part of the castle. Full of concrete steps, winding spiral staircases and narrow walkways, it is a charming piece of history though admittedly not the most accessible part of the castle. Thankfully, we no longer require a pushchair so were fully able to appreciate the keep in all its historic glory, with views and learning opportunities aplenty.   The …