Showing posts with label #FAMILYFUN. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #FAMILYFUN. Show all posts

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Win A Family Ticket To Paw Patrol Live In Nottingham



PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” shows that “No job is too big, no pup is too small!” and shares lessons for all ages about community, social skills and problem solving as the characters each use their unique skills and teamwork. 


When Mayor Goodway goes missing during the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race, the pups come to the rescue. 

Families can join Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye and Everest for the show’s first tour in UK and Ireland. 
Running at 80 minutes, PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” includes two acts and an intermission. 


The show is set to engage audiences with Bunraku puppetry, an innovative costuming approach that brings the PAW Patrol characters to life on stage with their vehicles and packs.

“Using Bunraku, puppetry elements are built into costumes worn by real actors to create a wonderful combination of life-size pups and to make a stronger connection with the audience. 

The PAW Patrol cast sings and dances, which brings a fun, realistic parallel between the animated series and the live show,” says Jim Waters, producer, VStar Entertainment Group.


The performance features music, dance and an original script as well as classic theatrical scenery along with a high-tech video wall that visually transports families PAW Patrol locations such as Adventure Bay, The Lookout, Seal Island, Farmer Yumi's farm and Jake's Mountain. 

Special interactive video allows the audience to participate in the show via interviews, solving puzzles with the Pups, following Mayor Goodway and much more. 

I'm about to offer 5 A-reserve tickets to the 10.30 show Wednesday 9th of August at the Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham

All you have to do is complete the Rafflecopter below....

T&Cs

Winner will be picked at Random,
*Family tickets are comprised by 5 x A–Reserve tickets valued at £30 to a total value of £150. Tickets can be used by either adult or child. 
Children under 12 months of age do not require a paid ticket, provided they are seated on the lap of a ticket holder and do not occupy a seat.

The winners will receive a ticket voucher via email which they will need to bring on the day of the show in order to redeem the tickets from the box office.

Winner will have 48hrs to respond to the email before another winner is picked.
UK only
Ends 18/7/17


Rainy Day Fun With John Adams Games .....


The boys love spending time with both Jon and myself playing fun games, so when John Adams asked if we wanted to review some games for them I was more than happy to say yes!

Last week was a bit of a wash out, which meant it was the perfect time to stay inside and keep ourselves busy with some fab new games!



We were sent;
Mr Bucket,
Giggle Wiggle and Don't be a Donkey.
All 3 games are for 2 - 4 players.
Recommended age range of 4+.


Up first was Giggle Wiggle.

Aim of the game...

Be the first to place all your coloured balls onto Giggle Wiggle’s moving hands to become the champion of the game

The boys loved this game.
They thought it was hilarious trying to get their balls onto Giggle Wiggles hands as he danced around to Salsa music.

I've also been using it to help Ru sort his colours.
The game comes with four sets of different coloured balls and he really enjoys placing them in their different compartments.

The game requires 3 AA batteries that aren't included.
RRP £24.99



Up next was Don't Be a Donkey.

Aim of the game...

Players get to choose a card from their hand to pass onto the next player, then keep on swapping cards until someone gets a full house of matching donkey cards and shouts out ‘DONKEY’. 
Then it’s a race to grab one of the carrots on the table, but watch out as there are not enough carrots to go around, if you are too slow you must lift-up one of your donkey ears. 
Miss out three times and you get to wear the donkey nose completing your transformation into a donkey and losing the game.

This game took a little explaining for the twins to understand, but once they had watched Noah and myself have a few rounds they soon cottoned on.
This is a great game and something for all the family to enjoy.
The twins enjoyed being the donkey far more than they should have and I'm sure they lost on purpose.
It has been a great game for Jon, myself and Noah to play on our Friday games nights.

The game comes with everything you need.
4 Headbands,
4 sets of ears, 
3 carrots,
a set of Donkey playing cards and one Donkey snout.
RRP £24.99



Last but not least Mr Bucket.....

Aim of the game....

As Mr. Bucket moves and waves his arms, he likes to pop balls out his mouth. 
Grab a shovel and chase Mr. Bucket, scooping up and returning all three of your coloured balls. 
Be quick as he pops out balls almost as fast as you can drop them in! 
When all the balls have been dropped in, lift Mr. Bucket by the handle to win the game!

Rupert has never really been a big fan of games, as he can't quite sit still enough so this game is perfect for him.
He could run around putting the balls into Mr Bucket all day quite happily.
The twins got a bit fed up with it, as they couldn't quite manage to get all their balls in before he spat them back out again.
So, so far Mr Bucket is the remaining champion on Mr Bucket.
Again this is another game that Ru likes to sort out the colours with.

Mr Bucket comes unassembled in the box but literally takes 5 minutes for you to click him all together.
The first time you get him out you have to stick on his eyes.
He requires 3 AA batteries which aren't included.

It's the perfect game for preschoolers like Ru.
RRP £24.99.





**  We were sent the PR Samples in return for a blog post, all thoughts are my own!


Monday, 15 May 2017

Don’t Break The Bank Holiday


Living in a holiday destination Bank Holidays can get really busy around here, so we normally decided to stay in or visit family.
None of the boys really enjoy the hustle and bustle of town and prefer to be kept busy other ways.
When possible we also try our best to keep the cost down.

So I thought I would share some of our top favourite things to do on a Bank Holiday.

Garden Picnic..


If the weather is nice, why not head out into the garden and have a picnic?
Food always tastes better in the sun...
The boys love eating outside and it always makes them smile to see food being set up on the picnic bench.

Get The Kids To Put On A Show...


The twins love putting on a show, they never really make sense and they are usually over within a second, but they spend most of the day practising.
When they're really planning their play, they always ask for face paints.
I'm not amazing at face paints but they are always happy when they see the end results.



Movie Day....



If the weather is being rubbish, why not snuggle up on the sofa and watch some of your favourite films?
When we have a film day, the boys each pick a film and then sit back and enjoy a movie marathon.
Cakes and popcorn are usually provided by yours truly.

Painting Fun...


Sometimes sitting in front of the telly can get a bit boring, so when that happens I always have a supply of paint and paper.
Getting the boys to paint always keeps them entertained for a couple of hours and then they end up with a few new master pieces to put up on the fridge.


Bake a Cake...


Before you have a movie day, you could bake your own cakes.
We all enjoy baking cakes and making a mess in the kitchen.
You can either look in the cupboards and get creative with the ingredients that you have, or you could cheat and get a pre made kit with your weekly shopping.

You can find more tips on what to do over the Bank Holiday here.


We were asked to work with Provident on their ‘don’t break the bank holiday’ campaign to advise families across the UK on what do but on a budget.”


Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Bob The Builder™ Hits UK Screens and Joins Forces with The Mega Machines to Tackle His Biggest Build Ever in The Brand New ‘Bob The Builder: Mega Machines – The Movie’

Showing at UK Cinema Screens on Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th May 





  
Grab your little builders and get ready to experience an epic Bob the Builderadventure on the big screen, as Bob and his team call on some enormous new machines to help them tackle their biggest build ever in Bob the Builder: Mega Machines – The Movie, showing at selected UK screens onSaturday 27th & Sunday 28th May only.

The new movie brings an exciting cinematic feel to the popular Channel 5: Milkshake and Cartoonito TV show.  With an action-packed plotline featuring twists and turns, Scoop, Muck and Lofty are eager to help Bob with his biggest build yet, constructing a dam and transforming an old quarry into a reservoir to provide Spring City with fresh water.

Bob has also enlisted the help of another builder, Conrad, to help clear the quarry, along with his three enormous Mega Machines, Thud, Crunch and former TV star Ace. However, it soon becomes clear that Conrad, secretly resentful that he lost out on the dam-building contract to Bob, is plotting to undermine his rival’s reputation and sabotages the dam. Soon Bob realises that things are not as they should be and that it’s up to him and his team to save Spring City!



The exciting new release combines entertainment with real and practical learning values, together with lessons in social and emotional development from its lovable characters, with an emphasis on friendship. The STEM curriculum has been built into the plotline, seamlessly underpinning the action, whilst Bob and the crew demonstrate the power of positive-thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and follow-through.

The movie includes regulars Lee Ingleby (Line of Duty, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Inspector George Gently), who voices Bob, Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) as the voice of Wendy, and Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners) who voices Scoop. Also joining the voice cast on this movieis acting legend Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity, Braveheart, Rise of the Planet of the Apes).

Conrad, actor Brian Cox says: "Both generations of my kids watched Bob the Builder because he’s been around for a very long time. I think the thing about Bob is it’s a very simple concept and it’s not too complicated for children. They link on to it because of the machines, because of all of the accoutrement that goes with Bob. It’s his simplicity that’s really at the heart of it and that’s what makes it last, and has made it last through generation to generation. The history of animation is all about the history of developing images; images that become much more CGI and less cartoony and less drawn. I think Bob is part of that heritage and part of that whole development."

Find your local screening and purchase tickets at:http://showtimes.bob-megamachinesmovie.co.uk/

Thursday, 27 April 2017

The Great Fruit Shoot Craft Session

With the boys being struck down with chicken pox over the whole of Easter we didn't really do much, so once they were better I was eager to do some fun things with them.
Something that wasn't going to need a lot of energy but something that was going to get them off the sofa and away from the TV.

We were sent an amazing craft kit from Robinson's Fruit Shoots containing everything we needed to have a space craft session.
The plan was to use our creations on an egg hunt, but they boys weren't very willing in doing an egg hunt.
(you know they're really sick when they refuse to have an Easter egg hunt!)


Along with all the arts and crafts we were sent some Fruit Shoots to enjoy whilst crafting.
The boys were over the moon with this as I don't buy them as often as they'd like me too.


Everyone was keen to get crafting, even Noah Mr Unsociable wanted to make some space pictures.

I decided to show them/wow them with my little alien made that I out of a foam egg and then after all being rather impressed they all wanted to make their own.

Oscar and Ru's both turned into red planets rather than aliens, and Noah's was pretty cool a mix between Saturn and an Alien.




The boys are all pretty rubbish at staying hydrated, but having the fruit shoots on the table and them being something they actually enjoy drinking they all made sure they finished their bottles pretty quickly.


Once all the juice was finished the boys decided they wanted to turn them into rockets.
We had a chat about how we could do that and then got down to it.
I cut up some coloured paper of their choice to make wings and a rocket tip and then they stuck them to their bottles.


Along with our rockets and egg aliens we made some alien pictures out of lolly pop sticks and googly eyes.



Noah and Rupert soon lost interest, Noah's Playstation was calling and Ru decided he wanted to nap. The twins however were keen to use absolutely everything in the Mr Maker Craft box.


So anything they could stick on their rockets they used and anything they could make sparkle on their pictures they did.

It was a bit of a glitter party in the end.



Since doing the space arts and crafts Alex has taken a real keen interest in learning all about the different planets and space.

The Little Kids First Big Book Of Space has now become our number one bedtime reading book.
He's also taken it into school for show and tell!


The boys really enjoyed learning all about space and making their own rockets, so a big Thank You Fruit Shoot for helping them figure out what their Thing is!


The Fruit Shoots we were sent were -

 2 Hydro and 2 original Fruit Shoots

NATURALLY FLAVOURED HYDRO

A naturally flavoured spring water drink, Hydro is irresistibly refreshing and tasty – with zero sugar and no artificial colours or flavourings. 
They come in three flavours - 
Apple & Raspberry
Blackcurrant,
Orange & Pineapple.

Fruit Shoot
There’s real fruit in every drop of Fruit Shoot and each and every one is filled with multi-vitamins. Better still, we don’t add any sugar, artificial colours or flavourings at all.
There is a vast range of different flavours from Apple and blackcurrant to tropical, so something for everyones taste buds!
Both bottles have re-sealable cap so they can take it with them – and do their thing, wherever they are. 

Does your child have a thing?
Why not share it on Fruit Shoots Facebook page

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Our Easter Weekend In Photo's

With having spent the first two weeks of the boys Easter holidays stuck indoors thanks to the chicken pox, it was lovely to get out for the Easter Weekend.

We went to Jon's parents for a nice lunch and an egg hunt.
Jon's sister and her family came too, so it was nice to spend the day with all the family.


Jon's mum had been super busy organising two egg hunts. 
One for the twins and Ru and one for Sam and Noah.



The younger boys had to run around the middle part of the garden hunting out 8 plastic eggs, then once they had them all they had to piece together the puzzle which was inside the eggs which would then point them in the right direction of their eggs!






Then the older two had a quiz sheet which lead them to different points all over the garden.
They then ended up with a bunch of random letters, which they had to put into a word.
Luckily for them Jon gave the answer away and they didn't have to work their brains too hard!



After the eggs were demolished the boys all went in the pool and hot tub!
Hard life or what?!?!


The boys are little water babies and really enjoy splashing around.




Even Ru loved hopping around in the hot tub!


After all the hot tub fun we then had an amazing dinner and a few glasses of wine.

Our Monday was spent heading into Kings Lynn to get my eyes tested.
Which resulted in me having to order new glasses.


What did you guys get up to over the Easter Weekend.




Great Things To Do With The Kids This Spring For Free

Whenever spring rolls around, parents will start to look for different things to do that will get their kids outdoors. You could take advantage of the nicer weather by planning out a day trip as a family, or you could have the kids out in the garden simply burning off some extra energy.
However, there can be times when it may get a big pricey to occupy the kids.



With the average cost of raising a child from age 13 through age 19 being thousands of pounds, it is easy to understand that the top ares for spending will circulate around the holidays and different recreational travel activities. There is even more spent on this area than there is on personal tech items.

What are some of the best things that you can do with your children each spring without having to spend any money?

Look For Free Kids Day Out Events In Your Area

Wherever you live, you will find that there are plenty of great, free things that you can do with your kids if you are able to search carefully. The internet will always be your friend and a quick search like looking for 'free activities in' and your area will bring up a wealth of great resources that you can use. For example, a quick search on some of the free things that there are to do in Yorkshire brought up a great guide on the different free kids days out all around Yorkshire. This is a very handy tool that you can use to find stuff to do for free where you life.

Museums That Are Free And Family Friendly

A museum is always a nice way of educating both yourself and your children, while also being entertained. You will find some incredible free museums all around the UK that are well worth investigating. As a matter of fact, some of these are the best free attractions for families anywhere around. If you are lucky enough, you may find one or more free museums that are near you where you can take a full day to make plenty of memories with your children that will last for a lifetime. If you have not taken the time to visit these, you simply must plan a day out. The different museums that we recommend include:

·       Natural History Museum, London
·       The Science Museum, London
·       Tate Modern, London
·       National Portrait Gallery, London
·       The Royal Armouries, Leeds
·       The National Media Museum, Bradford
·       Victoria & Albert Museum, London
·       The National Railway Museum, York
·       The Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

There are a number of smaller museums all throughout the UK that may be free, especially those that are taken care of by a local authority. Many museums like these will have activities that are child-friendly during the school holidays. It will be worth it to keep an eye on the websites for the museums to see what events are scheduled. The free museums and the different free things that you can do with the kids will make for a wonderful option on any rainy spring day.

Another smart tip for getting a good deal of value from the family budget is to enjoy a picnic whenever you can. Many of the free family attractions will make money by selling food and drinks to customers. However, if you are allowed to take your own food items, you should. The food and drinks available in family attractions can be very expensive, so even just bringing your own drinks and a couple of snacks can save you money.

Freebie Sites For Crafts

There are many free stuff sites on the internet like http://www.wowfreestuff.co.uk/ that offer kids freebies including arts & crafts like the Toucon box which will entertain your kids for hours.

Hit The Garden

Spring can be a wonderful time to show your children all about gardening. Even younger children will be able to help with watering, repotting different plants, and weeding. Older kids can prune plants or dig over some of the vegetable and flower beds.

Gardening is a great way to show your kids the link between land and what will go on the dinner plate, making for a wonderful activity that may not be completely free, but could pay for itself in what you end up producing. You will also see that the child who may not eat greens now, could find a bit of an appetite for the items that they were able to help grow in the garden.

To save money, you could be able to get some free seeds and plants in a number of places. Signing up for newsletters from different gardening companies will give you news on deals that you can really take advantage of. You could look for groups for seed swaps that take place in your local area, with Facebook being a nice place to start.

Visit The Park

Nicer weather will mean getting out and getting reacquainted with your local parks.
The more awareness that there is around the different benefits that come from outdoor exercise brings about more investments to develop and grow the parks. Improved playing areas, better playgrounds and new equipment for outdoor recreation are all available that you can enjoy with your children for free.

You can easily find a lot of wonderful things to do with children in your local parks. Think about padding in a pool, feeding the dugs, kicking a ball around or cycling for a while on the paths. There are even downloads that you can use to check off the different free nature trails, or look for nature scavenger hunts to tackle with the kids.

Are you looking to do something that is high energy?
 If so, think about checking out Parkrun. This is a timed, free 5k run that takes place on Saturday mornings all around the UK in public parks. Many of the races will welcome juniors for either the main run or with a junior version.
Remember, these are completely free!

When you have budding team players sprouting up in your family, think about going with Tennis For Free, which is a community based organization running free tennis sessions for families all throughout the UK in different parks.

Be Active At Home

You never have to go very far to find great things to do with your kids in spring. Free fun to enjoy at home may include:

·       Stargazing with a blanket at night
·       Camping with a tent in the yard
·       Tackling different science experiments, with ideas available on The Royal Institution
·       Having a teddy bear picnic in your garden
·       Having your kids create their own pizzas for lunch
·       Picking up recyclables and making a space rocket

You will see that there are a number of free things that you can do in the spring, you simply have to look. Some of these free events may not be promoted all too heavily, so it will be worth signing up for different newsletters and email alerts 


*This is a guest post.