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Kidzania London

We visited Kidzania London last weekend for a Birthday treat for C. He was 5 on the Wednesday and seeing as it was his first week at school we decided to make it a nice weekend.

Kidzania London is situated in Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd Bush. We’ve never been but I have heard lots about it.

Kidaznia is basically an indoor city, just for kids. They have the opportunity to experience various different jobs and careers to earn money, have the chance to spend their earnings on fun activities or to open a bank account to save their cash.

Kidzania is pretty easy to find. Westfield is a huge shopping centre and Kidznia is situated on the first floor by Marks & Spencers. When you arrive there is a desk opposite where you hand in your confirmation. I also assume you can buy tickets there as well, as long as they had spaces for the timeslot you wanted that day. We had pre-booked our day and time slot.

You are given tickets that are like pretend plane boarding tickets. It has your name, date and time slot and various other details to mimic an actual boarding ticket. You then take your boarding tickets over to the main entrance and you are directed to the elevators and told to go to level three to the departure area.

Kidzania London

Kidzania London

I honestly didn’t know what to expect despite watching the official kidzania video on their website but I was really very impressed when we arrived at the ‘airport’

Kidzania London

Kidzania London

Kidzania London

Kidzania LondonWhen it was our turn to ‘check in’ we handed over our boarding passes and just like real life they tore the stub off and handed us back the main ticket. We were then also given our security RFID bracelet which are really detailed. The bands were all scanned to link us all together as a family. They would alarm if either of the children walked out of the city and only one parent could leave at any time, one had to stay on site – again it would have alarmed if both parents tried to leave. This allows your children to have the freedom if they are a little older to explore the city and the activities themselves whilst Mum, Dad/Carer sat in the various cafe areas inside. They had to also be removed once our session was over a little like a shop removes a clothing label with a magnet. So kids can’t remove them themselves.

We were also given a brief seeing as we have never visited before explaining how Kidzania works. Both children were handed a health and safety hair net which they had to use on activities that required them to wear headgear and they were also issued with their Kidzo’s. Kidzo is Kidzania’s currency. They were each issued with 50 kidzo’s.

 

 

 

Kidzania London

 

These can be used to pay for certain activities, you can earn more Kidzo’s from doing various jobs in the workplace or they can choose to open a Kidzania bank account and save their money (if they have a minimum of 75 Kidzo’s) and they can leave their savings in the bank to earn interest between visits. There is also a shop where they can buy small items using their Kidzo’s on the way out I believe – we didn’t do this though.

Each activity or job has an allocated amount of children allowed into each session. It’s clearly posted outside each door with the capacity of children allowed in, the amount of Kidzo’s it’ll cost or how much you’ll earn and how long each session takes. We did visit on a Saturday and sometimes we found we had to queue for more than 20 minutes for certain activities. A few times C left the queue he was in purely because he didn’t want to stand around. We all found it pretty exhausting by the end of the 4 hours with all the standing around we did.

C first opted to be a firefighter. Once it was his turn after queuing his group were all taken into the fire station for a briefing before they got called out on a ‘job’ To get to their call out they went in an actual moving fire engine. Parents were able to follow behind so we could be with them or if your children are older you can let them go off on their own.

He was taken to a place over the other side of the city where a hotel was on fire. There were also two other activity groups attending the scene too (paramedics and police) and the area was cordoned off. C and his team had to put the fire out while the paramedics paid attention to any causalities and the police made sure no-one crossed the barrier until it was safe to do so.

There were special effects to make it as real as possible with mini explosion noises and fire crackles. They also had really water hoses to put the ‘fire’ out with. C had a great time.

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Kidzania LondonKidzania LondonKidzania LondonNext up he chose to be a paramedic. It was a similar activity to being a firefighter – he was in a set up a bit like an A&E department – they sat and had a briefing after putting on the uniform and then had a call out – this time they went in an ambulance to the same area he went to as a firefighter only this time he was treating any causalities. At the end of his session, he was paid a wage for his work.

Kidzania LondonHe then queued up to be a shop assistant in the supermarket but he got bored of queuing because it was quite a long queue, so instead he had a go on the climbing wall. This being a fun activity obviously cost him some kidzo’sKidzania LondonKidzania LondonThe next activity he chose was to be a dentist. He earned kidzo’s from doing this and the room looked really authentic!

Kidzania LondonNext up he tried his hand at being a surgeon. He was the only one in the queue so he had the whole activity to himself! His patient needed a liver transplant, he had to put them to sleep and then using the theatre tools he had to perform a transplant.

Kidzania London

Kidzania London

Kidzania LondonLastly, he was a vet with the PDSA. Here he had to help operate on a poorly dog.

Kidzania London

Kidzania is aimed at children aged 4-14 years and although L was within that bracket she actually didn’t want to do anything once she was in there. She felt too self-conscious being that much older so next time I will just put her down as an adult (if we return before she’s 15 that is) Having said that C doubled his money by having L’s.

We had a great time, even just as an adult watching your little ones enjoy the different experiences. We will definitely like to return again one day and perhaps it’ll give C a chance to explore different jobs next time.

 

 

 

Paultons Park Family Theme Park – Review

We are so lucky only living 30 minutes drive away from the UK’s number one family theme park. Paultons Park family theme park is situated near Romsey in Hampshire. With 0ver 70 attractions it is also the home of the Worlds only Peppa Pig World.

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park is opened from February through to the middle of November. Paultons Park then operates their Christmas themed event from the middle of November until the end of December. All of their opening times can be found on their website.

On arrival, you will notice there is plenty of parking and after a short walk, you will come to the main entrance where you will find toilets, the tickets booths and the turnstiles to enter Paultons.

Paultons Park Family Theme Park

Once you’re through the turnstiles you will be in the main entrance to the park. On the right is their main restaurant ‘The Wild Forest’ and to your right is the Big Toy Shop (which also leads to the exit and the car-parks)

Paultons Park Family Theme Park

Paultons Park Family Theme Park

After you walk through the entrance you enter the courtyard and to the left if the information centre where you can purchase season tickets, hire strollers and have any questions answered if you have any. It’s also a good idea to ask here where the ‘lost and found’ is situated. They offer labels for you to stick to your child with a contact number should you become in the unfortunate position of loosing a little one during the day.

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The Courtyard then leads you off to different parts of the park for your day of fun.

Paultons is a family focused park allowing family members as small as pre-walkers right through to teens and above to enjoy the day out. I have L who is 14 and C who is 4 and both of them really enjoy having a day out here. There is plenty to do for all ages and we can easily be in the park from opening until closing and sometimes still never get round to see everything – there’s so much to do.

There are three main areas to Paultons Park – there, of course, is the most famous Peppa Pig World, then there is the Lost Kingdom and lastly Critters Creek.

Lost Kingdom was only opened in 2016 and I can honestly say being regular visitors over the past few years we were really blown away when we visited the Lost Kingdom for the first time. This dinosaur themed land has amazing 3d theming and animatronics with music playing to suit the theme. We were really impressed with ‘Alive’ which was home to a rather scary looking friend!

Paultons Park Family Theme Park

Paultons Park Family Theme Park

Paultons Park Family Theme Park

Paultons Park Family Theme Park

Paultons Park Family Theme Park

Paultons Park Family Theme Park

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Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

C’s favourite ride in the Lost Kingdom is by far The Flight of the Pterosaur. It’s the only leg suspended coaster in the park. He’s such a daredevil.

One thing I noticed was how many toilets were positioned around the park. You don’t have to ever walk very far to find one and also the same for food huts. Perfect for a drink, snack or an ice-cream on the go.

Critter Creek is a really colourful themed area with plenty to do for all ages. There is the family roller coaster ‘Cat-O-Pillar or for the smaller members of the family they can always jump on Professor Blasts Expedition Express. I went on this recently with my nephew and I couldn’t help but admire how well the gardens are kept and how pretty all the colours of the flowers are that are planted. All over the park the gardens everywhere are really well looked after making the walk round to each area a really pleasant one.

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

I was there today and since my last visit, they have welcomed some new Japanese Gardens. It makes a lovely edition to the park and somewhere to have a little stroll though on the way to seek out our next adventure.

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

 

Peppa Pig World is a whole entire section over one side of the park and for that reason I have decided to do a separate post on this.

Other than the three main themed areas there are lots of other rides in the park. They have a beautiful traditional carousel, the wave runner (featuring a dingy boat and water), a pirate ship, the raging river log flume …. this will most definitely leave you wet, the edge, the Cobra, Sky Swinger and many many more. You can check out all the rides and attractions on their website.

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

 

If you happen to be visiting the park during the summer they currently have a live beach themed show running every day and different intervals. It’ll be worth checking the website or at the information points in the park to check out the times when you visit.

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

We found it a perfect time to lay out the picnic blanket to haver some lunch whilst we watched the show. The kids loved having a bit of entertainment keeping them occupied whilst they ate. It’s very interactive with characters, lots of music and dancing. It’s fun for everyone.

Here is C today having a photo with Manta.

https://paultonspark.co.uk/attractions/rides

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

If you are interested in the history begins Paultons Park there are several posters around the park with lots ion history information – certain dates and photos are all added. Also if you have time take a walk to the Paultons water mill. It’s worth the lovely walk across the lake.

https://paultonspark.co.uk/attractions/rides

https://paultonspark.co.uk/attractions/rides

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

 

It’s not only just rides and attractions Paultons have to offer – there are lots of bird aviaries, home to many different types of birds and prey, penguins where at certain times of the day you can sit and watch them being fed, giant tortoises .. just to name a few.

I could literally go on all day about Paultons Park – we have loved visiting here yearly and C & I now have season tickets so we’re making the most of going as often as we can before he starts school. We’re making the most of the low term time queues. I highly recommend a day out here. You won’t be disappointed I’m sure.

Even on the way out through the shop, the theming doesn’t disappoint.

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

 

 

 

 

 

Adventure Wonderland Bournemouth.

Tuesday 28th June 2016

On Tuesday my Sister & I took C & my little Nephew to Adventure Wonderland in Bournemouth.

Adventure Wonderland is a park themed around the classic novel “Alice In Wonderland” They have rides and attractions aimed at children up to the age of 12, a hedge maze and an indoor soft play. Characters from the novel can be seen walking around the park (we only got to see the Mad Hatter on Tuesday though).

The day started out with glorious sunshine, so we got to the park just after they opened at 10am. Luckily for us due to it being a school day the park was really quiet and it stayed like that all day too. We didn’t have to queue for the rides at all.

Adventure Wonderland Bournemouth

Due to C being over a metre tall he was able to do every ride they had apart from one. The pirate ship required you to be 1.5 metres tall. He was able to go on the rides himself if he wanted to, but it was also ok for either of us to take him on if that’s what he wanted. My nephew is only 5 months and he was even able to ride the elephants, a couple of train type rides and the cars. As I said there were virtually no queues so we were pretty much able to jump on and off rides as much as we liked.

Adventure Wonderland Bournemouth

Adventure Wonderland Bournemouth

Adventure Wonderland Bournemouth

Adventure Wonderland Bournemouth

Adventure Wonderland Bournemouth

Adventure Wonderland Bournemouth

We weren’t able to go into the maze on this occasion because you weren’t allowed to take prams/buggies in there. It wasn’t practical for us to hold all of our bags and my nephew and leave his pram outside so we could do the maze. We did however walk through their shrinking mirror hedge and had quite a chuckle at ourselves in the funny mirrors.

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There was a doorway leading to a corridor which was made to make you feel like you were shrinking just like Alice in the story. Again we had to all do this separately because you couldn’t walk through with a pram.

Adventure Wonderland Bournemouth

We decided on taking a picnic with us for our lunch. The park does have a cafe/restaurant inside where the soft play is, but  there is plenty of grass areas and benches with tables for you to have your own food. We did purchase some hot drinks from there though and a portion of chips to go with what we had bought to eat.

After lunch we headed over to ‘Cuddle Corner Farm” They have a range of animals, including alpacas, pigmy goats, lambs, sheep, chickens and donkeys along with rabbits and guinea pigs. We only saw goats, donkeys and pigs though .. oh and the odd chicken roaming around the park all day too.

Without a doubt the most funniest part of the day were the sheep. They were SO friendly and one of them even posed for a selfie with me haha!

Adventure Wonderland Bournemouth

There was an area where you could have a pony rides for a small fee but that area was closed off all day for some reason. Maybe they weren’t busy enough to open it up.

We were so lucky with the weather (as you can probably see from the photos) but at around 2pm it totally changed and it was like a monsoon! The rainfall was unreal. Luckily they do have the indoor soft play because if they didn’t we would have definitely had to have called it a day and the price of the entrance would have been really costly for just half a days worth of entertainment I think personally.

I didn’t take any photos of the soft play, it was a good sized frame with some theming but it definitely could have done with a good clean and some maintenence. C still had a blast for a few hours though.

We had a great day, with lots of laughs and C had a brilliant time. He went on every ride he was able to and made the most of his day there.

Adventure Wonderland Bournemouth

Adventure Wonderland Bournemouth

Adventure Wonderland Bournemouth

 

 

 

 

Farmer Palmers – 17th May 2016

 

Farmer Palmers

My sister and I have been trying to organise a day to take the kids to Farmer Palmers for weeks now. We only both have a Tuesday available but as each Tuesday would roll around something would always crop up .. the weather would be wet, or someone would be poorly, the Easter holidays arrived and we knew it would be so much busier … so we had to put our plans on the back burner.

Eventually yesterday was the day we made it! I drove to my sisters and transferred our stuff into her car and we made the rest of the journey together, she doesn’t live too far from there and it was easier to all go in the one car.

We arrived just after 11am (Farmer Palmers opened at 10) and we noticed the car-park was nice and quiet which is what we hoped for. I’m making the most out of days out like this during term-time before C starts school next year. When we paid our entrance fee, we were given a map of the park and a timetable listing all the times where you could interact with the animals. There was a cow milking demonstration, you could feed the goats & sheep with bottle of milk and you’re able to sit and hold guinea pigs.

The last time we visited L was about 2 I think .. so a good 10/11 years ago. We moved away and by the time we come back she was too grown up for it I think. It’s changed quite a bit since then and they’ve added some new activities and indoor play areas.

 

We had a really lovely day. The hours literally flew by and we still didn’t get to see everything that they had to offer either. C really loved everything we did though.

There is a little wooden indoor play area, an indoor soft play area (inside the restaurant), toy tractors to sit and ride on, a big play park outside built on sand, a woodland walk, bouncy castles, water play (although this bit wasn’t on yesterday) a little wendy house village, a maze, straw mountain (lots of bales of straw all different heights with slides coming from them) and a tractor trailer ride to name a few. C’s Auntie took him on the tractor ride whilst I was left to look after the baby. He did have fun but it was particularly bumpy – at one point he looked at her and said “Can you hold me” Haha.

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By far the cutest thing though had to be feeding the little baby goats (kids) they were so full of life and so bouncy. They reminded me of puppies actually.

 

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Although we took a picnic with us they do have a really good sized restaurant with a huge soft play inside. We went in for a much needed cup of tea and some homemade cake & C enjoyed a run around the soft play.

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We definitely will be visiting again at some point, we all had such a good day.

 

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