Our first Half term day out!

It’s been our first proper half term with Jenna at school… so thank you to Tesco’s once again for vouchers enabling us to have another fab day out! Gotta love getting something back for something you normally spend anyway!

Picnic packed, bag packed and an extra pair of hands roped in (thanks Aunty Lee Lee) to help we ventured out to Willow’s Farm in London Colney.

We got there pretty early, obviously not early enough though as it was PACKED! At 10am we were ushered into car park 4! seriously, I almost considered turning around then. And then double buggy full of kids and bags we rounded the corner and saw the queue (hate spelling that word!!)… oh my… welcome to half term week days out!

Despite the hoards it actually didn’t feel that busy outside as it’s just so huge!

There is sooo much to do… from farm animals, to a disco, to little ride on cars, sand pits, diggers, carousels, trampolines, play areas, jumping castles, mazes, indoor play area… and the list goes on!

And best of all there is definitely something for ALL the kids! And all ages!

It was such a lovely warm day we spent almost all of it outside in the play areas and feeding the animals.

Carter as usual loved the sand pits and trampolines, Jenna on the other hand loved feeding the animals, the carousel and swings. Tamsin, well, she just enjoyed feeding her face at every chance and watching the world!

Llama fed, children filthy, picnic eaten, carousel ridden, play area escaped without losing a child it was time to make a hasty retreat as over tired children started to melt down after a full 5-6 hours of fun!

It’s a brilliant day out, pricey but brilliant! Good on ya Tesco’s!

Museum madness

We braved our first visit to the museum this week. We decided to try the Natural History Museum in Tring which is part of the big one in London.

There are some definite plus’ to this museum

1.  It’s free

2. It’s nearby to us and well sign posted

3.  It has cafe (having caffeine nearby is always a good idea)

4.  There is parking right near the door (and you can go in the backdoor to get even closer, with an elevator!)

Now if you’re not into stuffed animals this place is definitely not one for you! That being said however they have an incredible collection of animals both current and extinct. Seriously who knew there were soooo many different types of species of animal… it really made me realise how incredible our world is, and how badly we abuse it!

Jenna (3 yo) loved it – especially the big african animals (I wonder why that would be… possibly the South African blood running through her veins!). Carter (18 months) wasn’t all that keep on anything small and loved the dog exhibit.

We spent a good hour and a half to 2 hours there just trailing around and exploring in the discovery rooms. One tip I would give is a double buggy (side by side) is not the greatest idea on the gallery/mezzanine level as it’s a little tight! Also don’t feed the monkeys kids in the buggy!

We followed it up with dinner at Pizza Express (thanks Tesco for the vouchers!!) which was a treat in itself!

Ah the sign of a good dinner dessert – messy faces!

Gotta love any restaurant that supplies toys as free entertainment!

Definitely an idea to check it out if you in the area – if you don’t mind hundreds and hundreds of dead, stuffed animals that is! On the positive side though Jenna now knows the names of many more obscure animals and we got to see a real life stuffed dead dodo!

 

On safari

Good old Tesco vouchers managed to get us 2 adult tickets for Woburn Safari Park for £13 (normally £19,50 each). We managed to get ourselves organised and get there before 10am for the Lions breakfast!

After getting some good tips about putting the kids in the boot (aka back seats all flat – which is possible in our Zafira!) we stripped the car of all seats and buggy and into the back I hopped with the kids. It was brilliant for them to be able to move around for a 360 degree view and also for Tamsin to be able to get out her chair a bit.

Man what a great day! There are so many different things to do from the drive safari, on foot animals, indoor play area, train ride, outdoor play area, Australian walkabout and monkey enclosure! The kids had an absolute ball! And besides a bit of attitude from Madam Jenna at about the half way point; they were so well-behaved! It always make me feel better as a parent to see how badly behaved (I know it’s awful!!!! but it does!!!) other kids are!

We eventually dragged ourselves out of there at about 5:30 after feeding the kids the last of the packed food for dinner. We arrived home, unpacked and managed to wrangle 3 very tired babies into bed by 6:15! All in all a great day and a big thumbs up from us! The whole trip in total only cost us less than £20 for the 5 of us – excluding petrol but including a much-needed cuppa coffee at half time!!