In search of a Mini Explorer with Ripley’s and Ben Fogle

With just a couple of days to go before schools close for the summer, I often find myself at wits end finding activities for the children. Luckily since we live near London, there are a great many things to do. My children are still a little young to do quite a lot of things but there are still many days out that the children can enjoy in and around London.

One of the places that we have never visited is Ripleys Believe It Or Not! London. I remember long ago there would be a television series called Ripleys Believe it or Not and I would watch that quite avidly.

After reading this I am definitely planning on visiting with the children and hope some of my readers will too –

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Ben Fogle launches summer search for budding ‘Mini Explorer’

British adventurer and TV presenter, Ben Fogle, has teamed up with family attraction,Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London, in search of the UK’s next budding ‘Mini Explorer’.

 Potential ‘Mini Explorers’ are invited to upload entries (video, written or otherwise) to a dedicated micro-site (www.ripleyslondon.com/miniexplorer) showing why and how they like to explore.

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Following in the footsteps of explorer and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! founder, Robert Ripley, who was famous for his collection of oddities collected from across the globe, the winning Mini Explorer and their family will be whisked away to Orlando for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Ripley’s Warehouse – a treasure-trove of fascinating artefacts. Armed with a state-of-the-art flip-cam, the lucky winner will also be able to document their adventures.

To coincide with the launch, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London is offering families free entry for their own mini explorers this summer. This offer is based upon purchase of a family ticket (child places are deducted from ticket price) and tickets must be booked via the website before Sunday 21 July 2013 with the code ‘Miniexplorer’ after selecting the date of visit and before proceeding to checkout. Full terms and conditions for the offer can be found at on www.ripleyslondon.com/miniexplorer

“As an explorer and a father myself, I am passionate about the fact that kids need to discover new things”, says Fogle. “The search for the Ripley’s Mini Explorer is the perfect way for parents to keep their little ones entertained this summer – as well as inspiring kids to leave the house and broaden their minds.”

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General Manager of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London, Natascha Crump, adds:

“We have launched the search for the Ripley’s Mini Explorer to encourage children to give in to their natural curiosity. We want them to ditch their smart phones and computer games, and really explore the world around them – whether that’s by searching for treasures in the garden or getting up close and personal with nature. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is founded on the principle that experiencing new things and learning about different species, cultures and traditions is fun and we want to make sure that the younger generation benefit from this way of thinking.”

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To be crowned the official Ripley’s Mini Explorer, children aged four to 15 are being asked to upload entries to a dedicated micrositewww.ripleyslondon.com/miniexplorer  before midnight on Friday 8 August 2013. Full terms and conditions available at www.ripleyslondon.com/miniexplorer.

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