School’s Out for Summer

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Days Out, Dorset, Family | 5 comments

School’s Out for Summer

We have finally reached the end of term and have six weeks of fun planned to keep the kids amused in the holidays and I am hoping that we keep this beautiful weather for the entire summer holiday’s.

Isaac was the last one to finish his school term and requested that we head to our local splash park at Christchurch Quomps as soon as he finished yesterday.

Who was I to say no?

Active, outdoor play across the day throughout the year is important for health and development and I will never stop the children playing outside.  You will often find us out in the rain, although I do draw the line if its torrential.

Whenever we’re outside this time of year I make sure the whole family are well protected from the sun, including the adults – if you can see skin, UV can reach it. I try to cover as much skin with cool, loose-fitting clothing and use that all important sun screen.

The one wardrobe staple I have for the kids are UV suits / tops for the beach and outdoor swimming.  UV swimwear blocks the sun’s harmful UV rays and protects the skin from sun burn – all day. It doesn’t wash off and, unlike a normal T-shirt, will continue to provide total sun protection when wet, so it’s perfect for swimming, snorkelling, surfing and many other water based activities. Everyone can have fun in the sun with less risk of sun burn.

UV Swimwear

If you do use a normal t-shirt for swimming, don’t forget to change it when out of the water as dry t-shirts have a tighter fabric structure than wet ones and will protect you from the sun better.

You can buy UV swimwear in many supermarkets and fashion retailers these days, but I always get ours from Beachfactory.com as they stock well known brands such as Quicksilver, Platypus, Tiger Joe, O Neill and Seafolly.  They are even “cool” enough for the teens to wear.

The only thing I need now are tips on how I can keep hats on their heads!!

 

 

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The Science Museum in London

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Days Out, Reviews | 13 comments

The Science Museum in London

After our visit to the Natural History Museum, we headed over the road to the Science Museum.

Like the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum is free, although you do have to pay extra to visit the IMAX cinema and some exhibitions.

Where the Science Museum excels, is in keeping children and adults interested, with interactive exhibitions that make science fun!

We were here 5 hours, although it didn’t feel like it, and the children were in their element.

Science Museum

 

Kian’s favourite subject at school is science and he revelled in being able to explain how things worked to his brother and sister.  They were all eager to try out all the activities on offer.

Science Museum

They got to look at traction engines, cars, and  space travel before being let loose to make giant bubbles appear on the screen or dancing to make pictures appear on another screen.

We then headed upstairs to find four learning areas to play learn some more.

We tried to walk like different animals, drew pictures that appeared on the walls and watched the amazing “Bubble Lady” make bubbles as big as us!

Science Museum

 

Isaac and Eliza then donned some waterproof jackets and got stuck into some rather wet experiments.  They would have stayed and played here all day if we had let them!

Science Museum

There was so much more to see and do in the kids activity zone in the basement that you could spend a whole day in there without visiting the rest of the museum!

Science Museum

Next door to the activities the kids got to look at all the “old-fashioned” things that we grew up with, such as the “Speak and Spell”, the VHS video recorder and the Atari.  Kian and Isaac had a game of Pong which Isaac won – much to Kian’s disgust!!

Science Museum

 

I cannot fault the Science Museum at all.  The kids were entertained from start to finish and were learning without realising it.  We cannot wait to go back!

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