Sunday, 3 April 2016

Happy 11th Birthday Megan!!!!

My gorgeous girl is growing up fast....too fast! Her last few months of primary school are rushing up, high school is beckoning.
She turned 11 on Friday and has had a weekend of partying to celebrate. She was delighted to get an Iphone 5 as her present and it hasn't left her hand since!
Her BFF birthday is 2 days after megs so it's always a busy time for celebrating. The weekend has been a whirl of friends and family, roller skating, sleepovers, eating out and today will end with a Chinese takeaway.

Happy birthday Megan!! You are growing up into the most beautiful, kind, generous and caring girl. Love you loads sweetie.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

The New 4D Lego Movie at Legoland!

Last night we got to go to Legoland at The Trafford Centre to see the new 4D Lego film. The event was closed to the public and included a selection of the great and the good......and us with the Sephtons!!!!!

The 5 kiddy winks were thoroughly overexcited to just be all together and throw Legoland into the mix and I am sure you can imagine!



The event started with the usual Lego factory tour which never gets old as it's interactive enough to keep the children entertained. We then had the chance to look at the exhibits before our viewing.

The film was brilliant! It featured familiar lego characters in an adventure to defeat the character Risky Business who wanted to hypnotise the Lego friends to make them perform at him new theme park Brick World!!!
Thankfully with the help of the audience Risky Business is defeated!!! 

The special effects are great. As well as the 3D experience, you get the added bonus of being blown with wind and a light soaking too and even a smoke effect!
Without wanting to go into too much detail, this 12 minutes show is brilliant and when you next visit Legoland you will have to see it.

We then had the opportunity to have a play in Legoland and build to our hearts content. As this was an exclusive event it wasn't busy so the children were able to do as much as they wanted with only very short queues.

The boys disappeared and were last seen zooming around the Lego car 'catch the robbers' race track and building lego cars to shoot down the ramps! 
The girls alternated between giving themselves a workout on Merlins flying ride, where the faster you cycle the higher you go, building creations in the Lego pits and playing in the play area.

The master builder was open to give you a step by step guide to building lego creations.

The cafe had refreshments for hot children who were having so much fun they needed to cool down!

The children were all treated to a goody back, containing a poster advertising the Lego Movie, a lego keyring, badge and a packet of sweets and we got a complimentary photo as a keepsake.


If you are planning on visiting the Trafford Centre soon you definitely need to plan a visit to Legoland. You may possibly enjoy it even more than the kids!!!!!

BFF!!



Note the sad faces from the robbers who have been caught!!!!


Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Chill Factore Meeting Santa!

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to meet Santaat the Chill Factore whilst enjoying a play in the snow too! How could we refuse???

When we arrived we changed into our snow wear, which you hire at the Chill Factore and got ourselves into the queue to meet Santa. The queue was well organised and had books, tables and seats for little bottoms to have a rest during busier times. Martin and Ben had a chance to sit and read together while we were waiting.
When it was our turn we were led down a snowy walkway, decorated with festive trees which felt very magical.
We knocked on the door and entered the sweetest little room, decked out with a fireplace, cards, presents and the jolliest Santa.
He spent a lot of time talking to Megan and Ben, asking them about themselves and whether they had been good this year and gift they would like him to bring on Christmas Eve.
He asked them to leave out carrots  for the reindeer and a little something for him.
Both Megan and Ben were very captivated by him and he was so jolly and friendly that the magic felt very real.
We were then able to take a few pics with Santa.

Once we came out of there we went for a play in the snow.
The Chill Factore is split into different sections. There is a part for very young children which has an ice maze in crawl through and a slide to climb. There are also mini donuts to slide around on. We had a little play here then ventured round to the bigger donuts and the sledging. Ben and Martin went on the donuts together then we all had a few turns on the sledging. Although it was the run up to Christmas and a Sunday afternoon it wasn't overly crowded and queuing didn't take long for anything.
After the inevitable snowball fight we left after about an hour. That was plenty of time for us to do all we wanted and didn't get too cold during that time.

If you are looking for a special treat in the run up for Christmas this could be it!
We would definitely recommend you visit to meet Santa!

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Ben's 6th Birthday

A very late post but I just wanted to share a couple of pictures from Bens 6th Birthday!!

My boy is 6, and getting so very grown up.

Fab Lab Hair Highlights

Recently we were sent the Hair Highlights kit from Fab Lab to have a play with and see what we thought.
Megan was very excited when she realised we would be experimenting on her hair!
When we opened it up to have a look the instructions were really easy to understand.

The highlighter is coloured powder so nothing that is going to be permanent and will be easy to wash out.

The idea is to slip the hair in thin strips between the highlighter pad and just pull gently down to colour the hair. Simple!!

After putting an old towel around Megan's shoulders to protect her clothes we had a go!

We decided to use different colours to create a wave effect of different colours through her hair.

The powder was very easy to apply. It takes a bit of time as you are using small sections of hair at a time.
Only a bit of powder came out of the pads onto the towel. I was really surprised as I thought it would be messier than it was.

The hair coloured quite quickly. Megs hair is a dark blond colour and the colours altered easily.

All in all it took us about half an hour to do, which wasn't too long for an older child to sit.
Obviously if hair was shorter it would be quicker as there wouldn't be as much hair to colour.

I would certainly recommend this as a Christmas pressie for those girls you know who love messing around with their hair and different hair styles.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Goldie Blox and the Parade Float Review

 
 
We were really excited to get Goldie Blox and the Parade Float to have a play with and try out.
I haven't come across these before but they are great fun. The idea is to read the story together and as you do you can build the princess float that is needed. The book and all the 'bits' required are included so no hunting for glue or scissors to complete it. This alone is a fab idea!
Megs and I took turns to read a page each and then Megs and Ben worked together to build each part. It was really simple to do. Each instruction is clear and simple and shows which parts are needed.
Ben particularly enjoyed putting it together and as it is aimed at 4 to 9 year olds he could do it pretty much by himself. His only request was 'there aren't any boys' which is true but as I explained to him building and parades are for everyone.
 
 
 

At the end of the story there are other things that can be made using exactly the same materials which Ben had a go at and was very pleased with himself that he could do it.
We would definitely recommend this for anyone who is practical and creative and likes building things.
Ben is already asking to get another one!!!
 
 

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Last weekend we were invited along to the Chill Factore to try out the new Mini Moose's Arctic Adventure Playground.
As always a visit to here caused great excitement as it is somewhere we all love.
When we arrived we were appropriately suited and booted before we entered. The maze inside is a new addition to the snow play area. It is made up of little tunnels, and icy walls where little ones can run and hide and pop out again. Ben loved it and got stuck in hiding and jumping! He said the little tunnels were so slippy that you have to run really slowly!! This kept him entertained for quite a while and then he had a go on the other bits in the snow play area.
Mr W and Ben had great fun building the igloo out of shapes and hiding inside!
The little climbing frame is just right for small people as it gives them a chance to explore and climb without being too high.
The Chill Factore was quite busy when we were there, possibly because it was a warm day and everyone wanted to cool off but there was plenty of room for everyone to play.
The new maze is going to be a fantastic addition that little ones are going to want to play in. It gives them the right mix of fun and excitement to enjoy a visit to the Chill Factore!!