Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Mama Bears break



Today marks the end of mine and hubby's week off together.  We decided to have some time off around Mr S birthday and have some family time. We have definitely made the most of it and I think we're all more tired now than we were at the start. So what have we been up too?


Our first day out was Trafford Centre. We started with an all you can eat breakfast at Premier Inn which with children eating free was great value. We made sure our stomachs were fully lined ready for our next stop, In The night garden LIVE.  I have done a full review blog of night garden which you can read by clciking HERE

We finished the first day with a little retail therapy and then hubby, me and the 3 boys had a picnic in the garden. I think Mr B ate more grass than food, but it was still great.


Our second day out was for Mr S birthday. We went to The Sealife Centre in Blackpool as he likes fish. He loved seeing the huge sharks and the rays. Well what he could see. There were so many people squeezed in there we spent more time fighting our way through crowds and people posing for selfies than looking at the fish. I felt like it was more about cash in the till than providing a great service and experience. Non the less we made it a lovely day,  which ended by eating our lunch in the car. The rain was just too heavy to do anything but. It was fine though because we were looking at the sea!


Downside of car lunch, Mr B ended up like this......


Our third day was again a rainy day so we had a lovely morning at Land of Play with our lovely friends, Stuart, Claire and baby JJ, (as Mr S calls him). I'm not sure who had more fun on the big slides the kids or the dad's.  Land of play is my favourite indoor play. It is in Trafford Park so not too far for us and has great facilities. It is definitely the cleanest indoor play I have visited and the food is yummy too.















The fourth day out was, SHOCKER, blighted by rain. So we pulled on our positive socks, who needs sunshine anyway, and went swimming. Mr S and Mr B are usually quite clingy in the water but on this trip we tried something new.



We took a couple of their fave bath toys so they would stop focusing on all the people and the depth and put all attention on how fun it is to play with Sharron Shark. It worked!! By the time we got out Mr S was jumping in, dunking himself under and even swam without any help from us. A successful trip all round, until we got in the showers and I noticed liquid fudge running down his leg. #swimnappyfail


Our fifth and final outing was a trip to Haigh Hall. We had sunshine which was nice, however with the weeks weather we’d had, i wasn't expecting sunshine so we weren't really dressed accordingly, cue removing layers and slaping on the emergency suncream. We had fun on the park, Mr B ate sand. We had fun in the walled garden, Mr B ate grass. We had fun in the woods, Mr B ate soil. Then we had a picnic with lovely sandwiches and Mr B ate……… nothing!!




The miniature railway was great and only £1 each, with the cubs thrown on for free. The kids loved waving at everyone and when the train went toot toot.
Another great day, made even better for papa bear as next to the ice cream van was a craft ale van. Fun for the whole family.















Thank you hubby and my boys for a great week. Till our next break together hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work we go.
Good day to you x

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22 comments:

  1. SOunds like you had an eventful trip - good old British weather! You def made the most of it though! Love the photo of the car picninc aftermath! how do they manage it? ha ha #BloggerClubUK
    Laura @ 2 Travelling Tots

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    1. Tell me about it. All that chocolate on his face was from one finger of kit kat as well

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    2. Tell me about it. All that chocolate on his face was from one finger of kit kat as well

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    3. After that there will be no more car picnics! Took me ages to clean up that chocolatey mess

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  2. Looks like you had tons of fun time with your boys! You definitely made the most of your time together I love all your ideas, from going swimming to the picnic (what's not to love about a picnic!!) :))

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  3. Certainly looks like you had a good time. Love the mini railway! You can never beat British weather hey?!

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    1. Who needs nice weather when we have wellies and smiles

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  4. It looks as though you had such a great time and having a picnic sounds amazing x

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  5. that shark bath toy is fab, I know a kid who'd love that! It's a shame when places like the sea life centre are so crammed, it's not really designed to have so many people in it so you can't experience it properly, what a shame

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    1. I accidently left that Shark at the swimming bath and no one handed it in๐Ÿ˜“ no one handed it in so I had a very sad little boy. Naughty mummy

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  6. Sounds like you all had a fab time. A little retail therapy is always good.

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    1. It is indeed. A retail therapy trip a day keeps the doctor away.

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  7. Wow! Looks at those smiles! It looks like you all had a fantastic time out together as a family~!

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  8. Sounds like you've had an action packed few days! I'm usually a big fan of the Sea Life Centres but haven't managed to get to the Blackpool one yet. Love the car / lunch face haha. Thanks for linking with #fartglitter x

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    1. I wouldn't bother with the Blackpool one unless it's a school day. Far too cramped

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  9. You guys certainly had a busy week off, looks like you had fun #fartglitter

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    1. We did indeed. Thanks for the comment

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  10. Sounds like a typical English summer break! My littlest is the same, eats anything but the picnic! Makes up for it in cuteness though. Lovely children and pics. Thanks for linking up to #stickyfingers, hope to see you again next week x

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  11. Sounds like a typical English summer break! My littlest is the same, eats anything but the picnic! Makes up for it in cuteness though. Lovely children and pics. Thanks for linking up to #stickyfingers, hope to see you again next week x

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