All posts tagged: days out

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Drusillas and Hello Kitty’s Secret Garden

This summer, we have been lucky enough to review some brilliant days out, not least this week when we headed to Drusillas Park in Alfriston, East Sussex.  With four very excited children, we arrived on a warm sunny morning and got stuck in immediately. Ironically, the animals held little interest for the boys, and they rushed through the zoo as quickly as their little legs, and big sisters, would allow them.   Our first stop was the farm area, where the children loved learning how to milk a cow, and posed inside an egg… Next up, the children enjoyed taking part in the ever-popular Zoolympics; hanging, climbing, running, jumping and even shouting! The Zoolympics challenges are one of my highlights, as a parent. Little interactive touches like this and the spotter book really set it apart as a zoo with a difference. It is evident how much the children enjoy these activities, and they definitely help to keep them interested and involved in their surroundings. Back on the zoo trail, I took Miss J, the boy …

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Knight For A Day – Arundel Castle review

The boy loves being a knight. He loves swords and shields and helmets and armour… He likes to pretend his name is Mike! He rides horses and slays dragons; he even rescues the odd Princess. He loves knights so much that when we were offered the chance to visit a castle and watch a medieval jousting tournament, I could not refuse. What could be more fun for a knight in training? We invited some friends and headed to the beautiful old market town of Arundel. The day was hot and bright; the castle looked incredible against its blue-sky backdrop. We settled in as much shade as we could find and introduced the children to jousting. The boys were far more engrossed than the girls – Miss J was more interested in her lunch! The jousting tournament itself was very well thought out and I imagine it was rather authentic too. Surrounding the arenas were stalls containing scenes of medieval life, including the kitchen. Between battles, we escaped to the cool of the castle. Miss J …

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Things To Do In Paris When You’re Five

I have made no secret of the fact that we spent half term in Paris. James and I had been before, together, and Miss J and I had previously enjoyed a brief trip to Disney Land, but it was our first visit as a family and the boy’s first time in Paris outside of my tummy! We all had a wonderful time, but I think Miss J was perhaps most impressed out of us all. She was seeing it for the first time and old enough to take it all in. Here are her top things to do in Paris, at the grand old age of five: Travel to the top of the Eiffel Tower (the 2nd floor just won’t do!): Choose a cake from the window of a patisserie – the bigger and shinier, the better: Skip down the Champs-Élysées: Pose in front of the Arc de Triomphe: Tour the Disney Store: Visit Choco-Paris; a chocolate museum with history, a demonstration and, best of all, hot chocolate spoons! Check out the Pompidou Centre – …

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Three Must-Dos at Legoland Windsor

Yesterday, James and I visited Legoland with two very excited children!  Under grey skies for the most part, the inclement weather finally cascaded from bursting clouds an hour after we arrived and the storms persisted for almost two hours.  But after the rain came the rainbow… We had such a brilliant afternoon that it was difficult to pin down just three things that need to be experienced at Legoland, so I went for the three things that made the children smile most. 3)  Driving a Lego car round a track: Both children thought this was excellent fun though I do believe Jasmine would have been better suited to the larger race track for older children.  Sonny was in his element and both were very pleased to pass their driving test and receive a licence! 2)  Spotting places we have been at the miniature village: Jasmine was fascinated to find models of the London Eye, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace whilst Sonny was completely amazed by the incredible working models.  The boats, the water mills and, particularly, …