A Whoopsy-Wiffling Day at the Roald Dahl Museum with Mr Kipling

If you find this post effusive, it’s probably because books and cakes have that effect on me. It was a not-so-sunny day that we made the trip to the Roald Dahl Museum invited by none other than the team at Mr Kipling for their #SplendiferousSummer event.

We’d never visited the museum so we were quite excited – so excited that we arrived 45 minutes early.

 

The event room was filled with gloriumptious cake – something we were looking forward to but it was first time to be given an introduction to the Museum by the Director – Steve. I was surprised to know a few facts – that Sophie from The BFG was originally a boy called Jody. It was also lovely to be able to see the first handwritten manuscripts of the stories.

We toured the museum and got an insight into the life of Roald Dahl. I was glad we got to do this as the children learn about his stories in school and there’s always a Roald Dahl Dress-up Day too.

We were also given a tour of the little town of Great Missenden where the celebrated author picked up so much of his inspiration for his books.

It’s a lovely little town and a short walk from the centre saw us coming to the church, in the grounds of which Roald Dahl is buried.

Now you may be wondering what all this has to do with Mr Kipling Cakes. Well, firstly you don’t need any connection between anything to eat cake but in this case there is.

Mr Kipling is bringing you a Splendiferous Summer of prizes for all the family to enjoy. It all starts with the limited edition Roald Dahl packaging with images similar to the books. Of course, you then open the packaging and inside you’ll find a code that you can enter on the – Splendiferous Summer Website

Don’t forget to eat the cake, of course.

These limited edition packs are only available at Tesco.

There are some amazing prizes to be won including tickets to Matilda the musical, family tickets to the Roald Dahl Museum, a selection of Roald Dahl books and even if you don’t win first time round, you’ll be entered into the grand prize draw of the week which include a family trip to New York.

The packs are priced at an RRP of £1 – what’s not to like?

Back to our day and we were treated to a lovely lunch of sandwiches (yes, one can’t live on cake alone – or can you?) AND cake – lots of it.

We even got cake to take back in our goody bags as well as a super voucher to spend in the gift shop. How glad (and proud) was I when the children chose to buy books. They were rewarded with cake.

There are also some Phizz-Whizzing ideas to entertain your little ones this summer – including creating dream jars, levitating a ball and decorating an Oompa Loompa. For more information visit the website at https://mrkiplingcompetition.co.uk/inspire

We shall probably have to go and replenish our stock of cake soon. We do want to visit New York and if can win with cake – why ever not?

What are you waiting for – go get a pack of whoopsy-splunkers Mr Kipling cake and enter the code to win.

PJ Masks Jumping Adventures at Oxygen Free Jumping

On Monday, we headed off early for a date with P J Masks at Oxygen Free Jumping. It was the special launch of the PJ Masks Jumping Adventures sessions for under fives at Oxygen.

Here’s a little more about the initiative –

From Friday 21st July to Saturday 3rd September 2017, children aged 5 and under will be able join in with PJ Masks themed jump sessions at Oxygen and express their inner hero. During the sessions, little jumpers will be encouraged to become their favourite PJ Maskshero for the hour and emulate the superpower strengths of the three characters – agility, strength and flight. Catboy’s Leap will give toddlers jumping hero poses to copy into the airbag, Gekko’s Grip involves collecting different shaped objects from one side of the trampoline court to the other avoiding the villains, and Owlette’s Flight will teach jumping techniques and actions.

The PJ Masks ‘Jumping Adventures’ sessions will provide the perfect opportunity for even the smallest of superheroes to jump at their own pace in a safe and fun environment. What’s more, the partnership closely aligns with Oxygen’s core mission to help children improve their balance, flexibility and coordination, which play a key role in encouraging kids to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.

The PJ Masks ‘Jumping Adventures’ sessions will be available from £4 per person exclusively at Oxygen Freejumping parks across the country including Acton, Croydon, Leeds, Manchester, Southampton and Wigan. Adult supervision will be required and for more information, please visit www.oxygenfreejumping.co.uk. 

Catch PJ Masks daily on Disney Junior and Tiny Pop and follow the PJ Masks trio as they embark on action packed adventures while learning valuable lessons along the way.

Aeryn was treated to an hour of fun and a lot of jumping. She had a lot of fun especially dressed in her Owlette costume. The older two had a jumping session after that.

If you are not aware of Oxygen Freejumping, it’s a venue filled with loads of trampolines where children can jump their hearts out in a safe environment. There are adults/staff supervising at all times but with younger children, an adult is required to accompany them.

It’s a great place to take the kids especially with the weather as it is.

There is a great promotion on at the moment for the PJ Masks Jumping Adventures at Oxygen – just enter PJMASKS at checkout for a 20% discount off the sessions.

Jacintaz3 visits Paradise Wildlife Park

Ethan is crazy about tigers. He has a tiger family at home – just toys, of course. The moment I showed him the Paradise Wildlife Park website, he wouldn’t let us rest until we went there.

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Luckily I received an opportunity to review this park and it happened on none other than Father’s Day so it was a great celebration.

Paradise Wildlife Park is located in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire and is a good hour’s drive from London. A car park fee of £3 applies. If you are headed there by train, they offer a pick up service from Broxbourne Station at £3 per head.

The park is not huge but it makes for a lovely day out and there’s lots to see and do.

We headed first of all to the tigers as that’s what we went for. There are walkways where you can observe the animals from higher ground.

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The animals are not caged per se and have quite a bit of space to roam around in.

There are quite a few species to see and even some rarer ones like the snow leopard, white tiger and the white lion.

In the big cat area there are jaguars, ocelots and cheetahs.

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The hooves and humps area is home to camels, alpaca, zebras, wolves, reindeer and tapirs.

The farmyard houses pigs, sheep, gerbils, guinea pigs, ferrets and chickens.

There are also lemurs, otters (we got to see them frolicking) and monkey species and a red panda.

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The reptile house has quite a few snakes like the anaconda and python and you must visit the bird house to see the amazing birds from parrots to owls to penguins.

That’s not all  because  you can go on a tractor trailer ride and a woodland railway ride too (there is a nominal fee of £1 for this) and there is a soft play area and a little playground too.

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It’s a whole day of fun for the family with lots to do. There are cafes and restaurants to eat too as well as picnic areas to have you own lunch.

Entry is about £17 per adult and £14 for children and senior citizens.

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I was given complimentary tickets in exchange for an honest review. All ideas and opinions are my own.

Our Favourite Beach Activities

With the summer holidays around the corner, the children are looking forward to some trips to the beach or maybe even a beach holiday as we did last year.

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This year we aren’t taking a beach holiday but we will surely be making a few trips to the beach – if the sun makes it’s appearance. Which I’m sure will come around – some time soon!

When we would visit the beach earlier, the children liked nothing better than sitting down on the beach and building sand castles. They could do that all day. Now though, I’ve seen that their preferences have changed and while they still enjoy making a sand castle or two, they prefer to take part in alternative beach activities.

Last year we had two beach holidays and they were both holidays to remember because we had an awesome time. The first one in Cornwall is one that will always be remembered fondly as we went dolphin spotting on a boat. And we managed to see some up close and personal as they swam with our boat. It was an amazing experience and the children couldn’t stop talking about it for days on end.

We also visited Wales and took a boat out but this time the dolphins were far out. The boat trip on it’s own pretty adventurous as it rode the waves.

We were absolutely blown away by our visit to Kynance Cove in Cornwall – white sand beaches and caves with names like The Parlour and The Drawing Room. What could be more amazing than this? We loved visiting the caves.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall
Kynance Cove, Cornwall

 

Nothing is better than indulging in a bit of foraging while visiting a beach – be it for pebbles or shells. You look for the most unusual or the prettiest and add them to your memory jar. Or even a bit of rock pooling.

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These are the best times spent with family and the most precious memories are made here. My top tip is to take loads of photos AND videos that you can look back on as days go by. We have a wonderful time looking at videos of yesteryears.

What activities do you indulge in when you go to the beach? You may like to check out Haven’s beach activities for some inspiration. If you do partake in any of them, do come back and let me know how you’ve got on. I’d love to know.