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Freezing February: Rainy Day Ideas

Freezing February sums it up really. Its cold, it rainy and its miserable outside. Spring is just around the corner and you’re counting down the days till its warmer again. The fresh smell of daffodils is something I’m longing for.

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In the meantime there’s young chidren to entertain who are quickly getting cabin fever and need to run off that energy.

Here’s a few rainy day ideas to keep them busy:

  1. Rainy days does not mean that beach days are out of the picture. Dress them up in waterproof suits and wellies and theres plenty of splashing to be done and rockpools to explore. And the best bit is the hot chocolate waiting at the end in the local cafe.

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2. Muddy puddle Jumping. The obvious. All thats needed is old clothes, waterproofs and wellies. Children love this and finding the biggest puddle is always the best thing to do!

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3. Race the raindrop. Pick a raindrop on the window and see which one gets to the bottom first. My boys love a bit of healthy competition and this activity keeps them entertained for ages.

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4. Rainbow pavement. A twist on the normal chalk drawing. Draw some lines and pictures with different colour chalks on a slightly inclined pavement and watch the chalk flow off downhill into a lovely rainbow pattern.

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Enjoy the last part of winter and check out pinterest for some more great ideas for the children this summer!

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A Day Out: Camel Creek Adventure Park

We’ve just got back from a lovely holiday in Cornwall. The weather forecast was a bit all over the place so on one of the days we decided to visit Camel Creek Adventure Park just outside Wadebridge.

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We bought our tickets online which was fast and easy. The prices are fairly reasonable and for a family of 4 it cost us £35.
On arriving at the park, a steward directed us to a parking space and we approached the entrance. Surprisingly there was no queue and we were in within minutes.

Now this park has recently been taken over and was previously known as Cornwall’s Crealy which we had visited before a few years ago. And the differences were pretty obvious. There was a fresh lick of paint everywhere and the place felt generally clean and tidier.


We started our day at the far end of the park at the water rides, it was a very warm day luckily as we got extremely wet on the log flume! We were impressed that our 5 year old were able to go on nearly all the rides and he thoroughly enjoyed trying out things he never has been able to at other theme parks. We were disappointed that the kids rollercoaster was broken that day. We never had to queue for a ride despite it being the summer holidays and one of the hottest days of the year.

For our 2 year old there was Swampy and Dina Land which offered tea cups, a bouncy ride and a ferris wheel that he could ride accompanied on which he loved.

As well as this there were plenty of open park and play equipment to explore. Huge slides and zip wires as well as water play and sand pits.

We briefly looked in some of the animal enclosures and there was a wide variety to look and learn about. Pomy rides were available at an extra cost.

Foodwise – there were a couple of restaurants to choose from, all reasonably priced. We opted for the homemade burger co. It was average for a burger meal, but we did have to wait a while for the food despite there only being 5 or 6 customers! There was limited healthy options but you can bring a packed lunch and there were plenty of picnic benches to sit on.For £6 you could buy a ‘Crealy’ cup and have unlimited refills through the day. We didnt buy this as only fizzy drinks were available.
We met a lovely friendly staff member that drove the land train around the park, however there were times that we encountered staff that clearly didnt want to be there and could barely raise a smile to anyone
One thing we would recommend to the park is to install more toilets. If you were at the far end of the park, the toilets were a long way away and for a desperate child who is more interested in the fun around them, it was a dubious run to find a toilet!

Overall we had a great day at Camel Creek and would recommend it to families with young children in particular! We hope to visit again next year!

What have we been up to?!..Geocaching!

Its been a busy few weeks, with the new school run every morning, a crazy toddler and starting a masters degree, it really has been full on! But I’m back.

So what have we been up to? Our new hobby is geocaching.
Geocaching is ‘an activity or pastime in which an item, or a container holding a number of items, is hidden at a particular location for GPS users to find by means of coordinates posted on the Internet’

So basically we use the app to find an geocache in the area we are in. Once found (which can take a little while if hid well!) we sign the log inside and swap small toys for the next person to find. Theres also the possibility of finding a geocoin or travel bug, which are trackable all over the world!

Not only has this helped us get out more, but dude no longer moans when we tell him we are simply going for a walk. Now there is an incentive to go for a walk and he throughly enjoys it.

If you want to get involved the official website is www.geocaching.com . There is a great to app download here. You can upgrade the app for access to more caches but not necessary when starting out.

Happy Geocaching!

Our Sunday photo

Chocolate anyone?! We visited the Lindt shop at Clarks Village, Street. I was in heaven!!
   
 

Sunday – photo of the day

We visited ‘The Bakery , Royal William Yard’ today. Some great history there and the buildings are lovely to walk around on a Sunday afternoon. 

We stopped for some hot chocolate and cake as it was a wet afternoon. It was one of the best treats I’ve had in a while!
  

Our trip to Legoland and Haul!

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The summer holidays have begun! This week we took a road trip to Legoland, hoping that some of the schools had yet to break up and it would be a bit quieter. Luckily I was right!
We had a brilliant 2 days here and both children were worn out at the end of the day. I loved that it was geared at young ages and that Bear at only 13.5 months old could go on some rides. Earlier in the year we took a trip to Disneyland Paris and he was more or less stuck in his pram as nothing was age appropriate.
The lego figures were amazing and must have taken ages to build! They definitely have some skilled ‘workers’ there.

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Dude’s favourite ‘ride’ of the whole trip was the amazing water play areas. It was 22-24 degrees whilst we were there and so these were a much needed way to cool off! He also loved the driving school and squid surfer!

Daddy wanted to go on some of the ‘older’ rides but unfortunately when we got to these areas, the queues were at 75 minutes so we skipped them and hopefully next time we visit Dude will be big enough to ride them aswell.

We didnt really watch any of the shows. We started to watch the Friends to the rescue show in Heartlake City but to be honest we all got bored and moved on.

The rides I would definitely recommend are:

  • Atlantis (A submarine aquarium ride with no age restrictions)
  • Duplo valley Water Play Area and Drench Towers
  • Driving School
  • Fire Academy
  • Heartlake City Express (Great view of the park)

At the end of our day we of course hit the The Big Lego Shop! So here is our little haul. One item I said to Dude on the way in….. oops!

What did we get?

  • Legoland Magnet (To add our to collection of places we have been!) – £1.99
  • Batman Keyring (Daddy chose this) – £3.99
  • 3 x pack of Mixels (Season 5 + 4) – £2.99 each
  • Duplo Boat Set (For Bear!) – £12.99
  • Lego Classic Board – £6.99
  • Lego Classic Box – £19.99
  • Marvel Super Heroes Hulk Bash/Ironman – £17.99
  • Marvel Super Heroes Mini Ironman Set – £9.99

All in all, I would definitely visit Legoland again, its great for all ages and loads to do come rain or shine!

We found the gruffalo!

Saturday, we went on a gruffalo hunt! And we were successful!
It was a rather chilly day and as we pulled up it started to hail! Luckily it didn’t last long but we made our way round pretty hastily. After an hour walking we found the gruffalo in the woods. Dude wasn’t too fussed about him this time as we had been before, and there was a more appealing park nearby! Bear slept most of the walk as he’s not 100% but did enjoy looking up at the huge trees when awake!

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