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.
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.
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!
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!
I count down to summer every year. As a family we love the beach and being outside in general. There’s lots of thing I want to do this summer with the kids. So here is a list of some great days out i have planned in devon and Cornwall.
1. Pennywell farm
Great day out at a working farm. Lots of animals to see and rides for the kids.
2. Dairyland farm world
Another working farm with milking demonstrations and lots of learning opportunities. Also had a large soft play barn!
3. Lappa valley steam railway
Great day of train riding, boat rides, adventure trails and picnics.
4. Haldon forest gruffalo trail
A free day out exploring the woods and finding all the gruffalo characters!
5. Woollacombe bay beach
Voted the worlds best beach, I definitely want to take the kids here. It’s only an hour or so drive so looking forward to sandcastles and body boarding!