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What makes the perfect Family Day Out?

For us, the perfect family day out is being able to spend time as a family. I love nothing more than getting my tribe together, although it is proving more difficult now with the older three as they have jobs and lives of their own these days. You don’t have to spend a fortune on days out either, a simple trip to the beach or your local country park can be as fun and exciting as any theme park, especially for younger ones but any day out with kids does need some basic planning. Before we go: We always check …

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A Fun Family Day Out at Dundee Discovery Point

During February half term we are spending our week in Scotland, staying at a gorgeous holiday cottage in Angus which we are using as a base to explore as much of the country as possible. So far we have been subject to pretty much everything the weather can throw at us with rain, hail, snow, wind and even a spot of blue sky and with the weather looking a bit ropey this morning we decided to stay local and pay a visit to Discovery Point in Dundee. Discovery Point is home to Captain Scott’s famous ship RRS Discovery, one of the …

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Activate Trampoline Park

Bouncing Fun at Activate Trampoline Park

I have wanted to visit a trampoline park for ages but our nearest one was Southampton which is a bit of a trek. Earlier this year I saw in our local paper that a new trampoline park was opening locally, however its opening in June completely passed me by and we still hadn’t visited…….until now. This week my friend and fellow blogger Joanne from Charliemoos suggested we visit Activate Trampoline Park with the kids. Booking prior to going is recommended as sessions are limited by the number of people jumping and a waiver must be signed for any jumpers under …

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Christmas

All the Magic of Christmas at Weymouth SeaLife Centre

This December we were invited to be guided through Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park’s festive forest by Weymouth’s jolly Elf, Bauble Jinglebell, to meet Father Christmas in his enchanting Christmas Cabin.

Father Christmas has travelled all the way from the North Pole to visit Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park, where he will be residing from now until Christmas Eve, giving each child he meets a special SEA LIFE gift.

After looking around the park and seeing all our favourite sea creatures we found the reindeer stables where we waited to be greeted by Elf, Bauble Jinglebell.

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The kids stayed quiet and posed for photo’s for all of a minute before they decided it would be a good idea to have a hay fight.

It didn’t take long for the Elf to arrive and greet us in time for our 3.45pm timeslot and she introduced herself and led us through the magical forest, where she taught us a magic snow dance which made it snow.

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Playtime in the snow over, it was time to head inside to the log cabin to see Father Christmas himself, whom I have to admit is the most authentic I have seen in years.

He spoke gently, asked the kids lots questions of questions and made the two older ones believe he really does fly all over the world, teaching them about time zones and where he starts his journey.

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They each came away with a small gift, before heading back into the park for some more fishy fun.

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As our appointment was late in the day, we arrived at the park at 2pm, expecting to stay longer after we had seen Father Christmas but we were not aware that the park closed at 4pm so we didn’t get to see everything we wanted to, if you want to visit it is worth bearing this in mind.

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The kids were all disappointed that Adventure Island and the advertised Christmas Craft Zone were both closed. They had been looking forward to colouring their own Christmas tree decorations and writing their letter to Father Christmas.

If you are feeling peckish after a visit to Father Christmas Festive Fayre is serving up sumptuous hot chocolate and Christmas gingerbread or a warming mulled cider and delicious mince pies. There’s something for everyone – whether you’ve been naughty or nice!

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Tickets to see Father Christmas cost £7 per person on top of the entry price (£6 for Merlin Annual Pass holders) and can be booked here: visitsealife.com/weymouth/discover/events/meet-father-christmas-at-sea-life/

Winchester Science Centre

Horrible Science at Winchester Science Centre

The last time I was at Winchester Science Centre I was organising the BlogOn blog conference which meant I had no time to explore. I have been meaning to go back with the kids for some time and last weekend we finally visited for the Horrible Science event with Nick Arnold, the author of the fab series of books. The Horrible Science event included an energetic show celebrating the best bits of the multi-award winning Horrible Science series. The show was fast, funny and somewhat noisy and required some brave volunteers willing to take part in a range of demonstrations …

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