Friday, 28 November 2014

Santa At The Chill Factor E

I love Christmas!! It is my most favourite time of the year!! In fact, my mum said to M and B, "I think your mum loves Christmas even more than you do!!!" And do you know what, I think she is right!!
Saying that, now they are old enough that they can enjoy the excitement together, it is even more emjoyable than ever here.

We were very lucky to be invited along to the Chill Factor to have a play in the Snow Park and meet the big man himself! 
We went last Sunday and it was busy. However, the staff were very good at sorting out where people needed to queue and the queue for Santa had lots of elves, with colouring tables and fun activities so little ones were being kept entertained whilst waiting.
Luckily for us, we didn't have to queue as we had tickets for the Snow Park first. We headed into the changing area, where we very quickly got organised with clothes, helmets and boots. Although it was busy in here, we found two changing rooms easily and got changed before storing eveything in a locker, (£1 deposit that you get back.)

All ready to play!

We were taken through to the snow and the staff member explained that we had an hour in the Snow Park, where we could play in the snow, go on the doughnuts, sledging and luging!!! This was amazingly exciting and we rushed off to sledging straight away. Mr W, Megs and Ben went up first and while I was watching them I could see that nowhere was massively busy. The sledging was a huge hit and we had a great time sledging, (or falling off in Mr W's case!)

Ben sledging

Megan and Mr W sledging, or is that falling off??!!

We then tried out the doughnuts. Chill Factor has a longer faster doughnut run and a mini doughnut run for little ones. We went on the faster one first and it was quite fast! Ben seemed to enjoy it though and had lots of goes. We then went on the mini doughnuts which were great fun and just fast enough to give little ones a thrill!

Mini doughnuts

Faster Mum!!!!

After the excitement of doughnuts, Mr W was the only one brave enough to try out the luge. It looked a bit too fast for the rest of us, even though I saw lots of kids on it.
It did look really good fun and Mr W announced it was great fun!

Coming round the bend........
The luge

After all of the thrills here we had a bit of a snow ball fight in the snow, which was fun but gave us all cold hands, especially Ben, so we headed back inside to get changed, a few minutes before our hour slot ended.

Once we were ready we headed back towards the desk, where a friendly elf told us we could go straight around to visit Santa.
We headed into his grotto and came face to face with a truly realistic Santa, in his own little sitting room, with fireplace, stockings and presents. He spent just the right amount of time talking to Megan and Ben asking them if they had been good and what they wanted for Christmas.
They were extremely lucky to get a present each and Megan got a Jenga game and Ben a make your own dinosaurs and paint them set, which were lovely and very suitable.

Have you been good this year???

After all this excitement we left with a real Christmassy buzz around us!!!

We would certainly recommend a visit here as a Christmas treat, and there are so many options to please little ones and your older ones too.

The beautiful Christmas tree at Chill Factor

Monday, 10 November 2014

Halloween at Legoland

Last weekend we visited The Legoland Discovery Centre at INTU Trafford Centre.
Anyone who knows us at Emma's Little World will know we are big fans and have been here loads. We are so lucky to have this attraction right on our doorstep and my children are at an age where they are Lego obsessed, Megan with Lego Friends and Ben, who has at the age of 5, discovered Lego, with anything Legoey at all!

The start of Legoland is an interactive tour of the Lego 'factory' where the Lego is made. A nice touch at the end of this is that all the children get a Lego brick to keep.

Over the Halloween break, there has been a visiting of ghosts, skeletons, pumpkins and other such scary delights! Lego Miniland had been transformed into a spooky delight which delighted my two! They had the opportunity to take part in a mini quiz and locate certain spooky objects around the Lego exhibitions.
Aside from these creations, in the Master Builder area you could follow step by step instructions to make a pumpkin scene.

M and B went on the Lego cars and although the queue was long, it was moved along fairly quickly by the staff who all seemed competent in what they were doing.

Merlin's Apprentice ride is always a favourite and we went on twice. "The faster you pedal, the higher you fly."
Needless to say, we flew very high!!!

Legoland was very busy when we were there, but we were still able to onto and see everything we wanted to.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Halloween 2014

Yesterday was Halloween and we had a ball.
Megs chose to be a cat, as did Grace. Ben was a pumpkin and Jack was a scary scream character.
Halloween has become a bit of a tradition at my house. We decorate and Laura and Darren come round with the kids.
We went trick or treating to the neighbours and it was lovely to see so many people getting into the spirit (haha!)   With their own decorations.
When we got back we had a few fireworks and sparklers too.
Then the fun and games started!!
Wrap the mummy, Pin the tail on the cat and apple bobbing. Great fun.
We had hot dogs and a gorgeous chicken curry, followed by gingerbread men. Just yummy!!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Busy Times

The start of September is always such a busy time for us.

Ben turned 5 on the first of September!!! He was so excited this year as he got to have his first real birthday party.
He had a fancy dress party, with lots of his little friends, both from school and outside. It was held in a scout hut and the lady who organised it ran the whole party!!! Bonus!!! The only thing I had to remember was the birthday boy and the cake!

Ben had asked for roller boots and has spent the last few weeks perfecting his skating skills!

Two days later it was my birthday. I was 38 this year and it felt very odd. I can't believe I am heading rapidly to 40 now and I am having trouble accepting that. I don't want to be in my late 30's! 

My birthday was also the first day back to school, and Bens first day in reception.
Both children were excited to be in new classes and neither Ben nor I cried so I would class that as a successful first day!

The building work in the house finished last week after 9 weeks too. The loft looks amazing, and will be a fabulous new bedroom for Megan. Ben has got a brilliant den under the new stairs, leading off his bedroom which will have a light in soon.

All the work we had done is fantastic. As well as the loft and new stairs, every room has had work done in it. Ben's room has a new wall, new ceiling and den. The bathroom has a gorgeous white suite, stunning lights and new airing cupboard. Our room has a new ceiling and light. Downstairs we have a new wall and new ceiling. It is all lovely, but now comes the fun part of decorating. Mr W is currently tiling the bathroom which will look amazing when it is done. He is also building a massive shed off the side of the house which we will use as storage and space for our trailer too. Really looking forward to that being completed as the house is just full of stuff needing to be stored. All our camping stuff, two suitcases and a new bed we bought off eBay for Ben last week are currently residing in the living room, never mind the boxes of clothes, bedding and towels all over the place!

It will be worth the mess to get everyone in their own newly decorated bedrooms at some point. Megan asked whether she would be in her room by Christmas. I replied, "we'll see!"

On our initial renovation plans we have included a downstairs extension, which we are planning on having done two years from now. I joked to Mr W that I would be amazed if everywhere was decorated before that!!! And to be honest I will be!!!!

So a busy and exciting start to our Autumn......

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Devon Week 2

Our second week at Whitehill the weather was a bit cooler but that didn't stop Megan from going in the pool at least once a day! Ben was less keen but still had a fair few dips too.
Before we came away I had used some of our tesco clubcard vouchers for days out in Devon, so we had tickets for Kents Caverns and Pizza Express.

Kents Caverns is in Torquay and is a great day out.

 As well as the caves, there are woodland trails, digging for gems, activities for the kids, cafe and shop. There is a guided tour of the caves, which is really interesting and gives you a bit of history of how the caves were, who lived in them and how they were found. Megan found this really informative. Ben's best bit was when all the lights were switched off and we could experience just how dark it would really of been!!!

Whilst we were in Torquay we went to the harbour and then had tea at Pizza Express. A real treat after cooking in the tent all week!!!

We spent a day at Paignton Zoo, as this was somewhere Mr W really wanted to go, to give him the chance to use his proper camera! It is a lovely zoo, which is a great selection of animals. Mr W and Megan even managed to spot the elusive cheater, even though he was hiding in his house!

We had a lazy day around the camp site, playing, swimming and following another treasure trail!!! 

Ben made a little friend, and they spent a lot of time playing football together and riding down the little hill near the tent.
We did something that we have been wanting to do for the 3 years we have been going to south Devon.
We went on a steam train and river cruise. 

We left on the steam train from Paignton to Kingswear, where we went on the foot ferry across the River Dart to Dartmouth. We had a lovely time wandering around Dartmouth, which is a beautiful little town.

We ate our picnic on the harbour watching boats coming in and out and then went on the river cruise. This was great as lots of points of interest were pointed out to us as we sailed along and we even saw a mermaid!! A stone one admittedly, but still a mermaid!!!
Ben slept for the whole cruise, catching up on all the late nights!!!

After our cruise it was time for ice cream and another wander, followed by tea overlooking the river.
We caught the evening train back later on back into Paignton.

We went to one of my favourite beaches, Broadsands.

I love wandering up and down and collecting shells, and Megan and Ben loved this too. We had a small collection to bring home!

We took a trip to Becky Falls, which had beautiful falls to walk down to, a few animals to pet and feed and the opportunity to hold and touch a variety of animals. Megan enjoyed this, as it was somewhere she wanted to go to.

Finally and sadly our two weeks came to an end, but we squeezed in a spot more crabbing!!!
Our last day was warm and dry so we could pack up fairly easily. once we had done this Megan had a final swim and we went into Paignton for battered chips for lunch and a play on the geo park play ground.  We enjoyed a final stroll along the prom and had a last ice cream overlooking Paignton harbour before leaving Devon again and heading back home, eager to see all the building work that had been done while we were away!!!