Thursday, 16 February 2017

City Break To Berlin: History, Museums, And Kindercafes!


If you’re considering a city break and want to take the kids, Berlin is less than a two-hour flight from Heathrow. This thriving and cosmopolitan city is full of galleries, museums, and parks, and is somewhere the whole family can relax and have fun.

Educational
The Brandenburg Gate, Holocaust Memorial, and Berlin Wall will bring your children’s history classes to life and are the reason for the countless school trips to Berlin each year. The Brandenburg Gate has a rich history and was built between 1788 and 1791. It has witnessed many significant historical moments and has been the location for many famous political speeches. Since the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, it now represents a unified Germany.

The Holocaust Memorial or the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe officially opened 60 years after the end of World War II. The site was designed by Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold and consists of 2,711 concrete slabs or ‘stelae’. The names of almost 3 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust are also listed near by.

On 9th November 1989, the Berlin Wall fell uniting the people of Germany. 
Part of the wall still stands today and remains a symbol of triumph over oppression. It’s possible to walk or cycle along the path where the wall stood. 
There are many guided tours to point out areas of significance.


Kindercafes
After taking in the various sites, it’s time to sit back and relax. Several kindercafes have popped up in recent years and have been created with families in mind. These hip cafes are popping up throughout the city and are popular in up and coming areas such as Kreuzberg and Prenzlauer Berg.

Swimming
Though usually associated with art, music, and culture, Berlin also has a large number of swimming venues and lidos. During the summer months, families can enjoy swimming in various open air locations such as public pools and lakes. Then in the winter months when the open air pools close, you can still take advantage of several indoor pools. Popular venues include Wei├čer See, Haubentaucher, and Sommerbad Olympiastadion.

Museum Island
Many of the museums and galleries offer family-friendly exhibitions and activities. Museum Island is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. It is home to five of Berlin’s most important museums; Altes Museum, Neues Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, Bode Museum, and the Pergamon Museum. One ticket will allow access to all five.

The Pergamon Museum houses the Pergamon Altar, the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, and the Market Gate of Miletus. Each of these structures was constructed from the ruins found in ancient Turkey and the Middle East. While the Neues Museum is home to an Egyptian bust of Nefertiti.


Reichstag
The Reichstag is the home of the German parliament and provides an unrivalled view over the city. The roof is made entirely of glass and offers some of the best views. Though the dome is free to enter, it is necessary to book in advance. Audio tours are also available to talk you through your visit.


Berlin has everything when it comes to family-friendly breaks; education, history, sports, museums, galleries, art and even kindercafes.
It’s definitely worth adding to your itinerary if you’re planning a city break this year.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Oscar

Sorry I haven't been on the blog in a while, if you don't follow me on Instagram you won't have noticed that Oscar and myself had spent the last 5 days in hospital.


On Friday 3rd Oscar had his second big bump to the head (he had his first just before the Christmas holidays.)
He seemed ok when I picked him up and on Saturday morning, by the afternoon however he was wobbly and complaining of feeling dizzy.
We put him to bed thinking he'd be ok by the morning.
Sunday arrived and he was being sick and looking really pale, we took him up to a&e only to be told he had a tummy bug.

We kept him off school Monday and Tuesday and both those days he spent laying on the sofa looking into the distance talking about random things that he was seeing.
No sickness to suggest a tummy bug.

By Tuesday he was not only distant and in his own little world, he was getting confused to what was going on around him.
Totally not a tummy bug

I booked him an emergency appointment at the GPs and from there I was told to go straight to the paediatric assessment unit.

He was admitted Tuesday evening and hooked up to an iv drip of fluids and strong antibiotics then sent off for a midnight CT scan!
They had no idea what was going on with him but had a list of possibilities.

Over the next few days he had a series of tests which included, 
eye tests, ear test, MRI, Lumber Puncture and endless blood tests.

Oscar had some amazing nurses looking after him, Oscar had them all wrapped around his little finger and would do whatever he asked.
His favourites were Michelle and Chris both of who really did go above and beyond to keep him happy!
So a huge thank you to the both of them.

Thankfully by Saturday they had ruled out everything nasty and ended up deciding it must have just been concussion after all!

We bought him home and everyone was over the moon to have him back.
Sunday morning came and he looked as though he was back to where he was at the start of the week.
We decided to call back the ward and they said to bring him back.
Jon spent the night with him and the doctors told him this morning, its probably the result of his Lumber puncture, as that will leave him groggy and feeling unwell.

So they are both home and we are trying to get Oscar to take it easy.
He's currently on the sofa watching Lego Scooby-Doo.

It's great to be back at home with all the boys under one roof, last week was like we were all on pause.
Now we have the half term to get back to normal and enjoy being together again, before its back to school.
Hopefully by Monday Oscar will be feeling well enough to go back to school.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Family Fun // Yeti In My Spaghetti

Since the twins have started school, they are a lot less crazy at home, which means we can actually sit around the table and play a game.
Where as before they wouldn't of wanted to sit still for more than two seconds, so when asked if we wanted to review University Games - Yeti In My Spaghetti I was more than happy to say yes.
It looked like a game they would love!


It arrived on a day that Sam was round, so we ripped into it straight away.
The game is aimed at ages 4+


The object of the game is to pull out the spaghetti with out knocking the yeti into the bowl!
The boys loved it, and it was lovely to see all of them playing together so nicely, as usually when Sam is round, Noah and him hide out in his bedroom playing with their WWE figures or on the playstation.



It is nice and simple to set up, and we each took a turn to set it up once we had finished one game.
It got rather addictive and we spent most of the afternoon playing.
Lots of laughter was had.


Yeti is fast becoming a family favourite and the boys always want to play it once they're home from school!

You can buy it from amazon for £12.99