11 Apr 2017

Easter School Holiday Part 1 // Theme Parks, Picnics & Sunny days

I'm still a bit in denial that we are in April already - and that Easter is so close. Feels like the year is rushing by. Will nearly be the end of the school year (then comes M starting year 3!! and applying for school for little man) but until then I will be enjoying life.

The first week of the school break was a happy mix of success - no fancy holidays in far flung destinations for us. No sireee, instead its childcare tetris and days out on a budget.

Our first stop for the week was a trip to Chessington World of Adventures - we are Merlin pass holders currently and wanted to check out the brand new Gruffalo ride. The sun was out, with a slight breeze. This park is fantastic for families like us with younger kids - there is more aimed at them. The added extra of the Zoo breaks up the day nicely. The Gruffalo ride is the revamped of the old Bubbleworks ride - a ride I have fond memories off as a kid. However the small ones even though excited in the queue found the ride really scary (the boat rounds a darkened corner and then in front of you a 6ft high Gruffalo - oh man did he scream) but the biggest boy had a blast.

This was followed up with face painting and a whizz round the carousel. My tip when visiting the park is get there early - the main gates open before 10am and you can wait at gates further inside the park to get to the rides. Also download the app - not only you can check ride times while in the park but also it will pop up with offers.
We ate at the Smokehouse BBQ which was yummy, and quiet - I asked for take away boxes to take away the leftovers which were devoured. Also pack snacks - these can easily add cost onto to your day - we took cartons of drink, crisps and biscuits to keep little hands happy while in the queues. After lunch a stroll round the animals was nice and quiet before I took the biggest dude off to ride some rides while the little ones let off some steam on the grassy areas.
The biggest dude had been set some Easter Homework to do some research about the queen. This was the main focus for his day out this week with his Dad - which fell on one of the sunniest days. They jumped on a train with their scooters in tow and headed to Buckingham Palace and Hyde park - for watching, sketching and picniking in the park.
The boys had fun - and I am firm believer that as much as it is fun doing days out as a family it is just as important for the boys to get one on one time with us. This helps strengthens the bonds and relationships they form with us,

Friday was a family day and I had booked us a session at the leisure pool at the Guildford Spectrum. We had so much fun. The Water slides, and waves machines brought back memories of Water Palace in Croydon growing up. Spending you weekends there on the slides. Max was nervous about his first water flume bu soon as he saw how much fun it was there was no stopping him. Little man has been quite water nervous in the past but he was off splashing and jumping in with a new found confidence.
The day was ended with sitting on a family friendly pub veranda that backs onto a playing field. We sat and chatted to friends while our kids run around in shorts and jumpers doing cartwheels, playing football and eating chips. While I had a glass of wine or two. We could of been on holiday.
The week was finished up with a little day trip our to Tilgate Park Our first visit to this park. We headed off in the sunshine with a cool bag over flowing with sandwiches, crisp and treats - scooters piled in the back of the car. We set up camp by the playground, the kids climbed and got dirty, found sticks, played superheros and ran about.
They ate ice creams in the grass, made all sticky - with grazed knees and grubby faces.

It really has been a relaxing week with happy children. Its been nice to spend time and explore the places around us.

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