Archive of ‘Out and About’ category
We have been hit with a bug in the Scrummy household.
The girls have coped well feeling under the weather so I thought they needed a little treat after school today.
We went to our local cafe and had chocolate cake and icecream!
Miss C ate it all with Miss E not far behind and naughty mummy ate the leftovers. Diet starts tomorrow!
We were invited to the Lakeside Build A Bear Workshop to experience the journey of bringing a bear to life!
Miss E was really excited as it was the day before her birthday and Miss C didn’t want to be left out, so off we went to meet the team at Lakeside. We were met by Kerri who took the girls over to choose a bear. At first Miss E chose a Koala Bear but then found a “woof woof” and held on to it for dear life. Miss C chose a grey bear with flashing lights in it’s ears!
Miss C and Miss E then chose a voice to go into their bears, Miss E chose a “woof” and Miss C a “giggle”.
Next was the stuffing so both girls went with Kerri to stuff and chose a heart for their bears. Miss C really enjoyed pressing the pedal and watching her bear take shape, Miss E enjoyed choosing a heart for her bear and giving the heart a kiss before going in her bear.
Next up was the grooming of their bears! Miss C really enjoyed brushing her bears fur and Miss E enjoyed pretending to shower her bear.
After the bears were washed and brushed Miss C and Miss E needed to chose an outfit for their bears.
Can you have a guess what Miss C chose for her bear?
Meet Spider Bear!
and Miss E?
Meet Snow Woof!
We had a great time at Build A Bear Workshop and would thoroughly recommend going with your children, it is a great treat and you can buy outfits for birthdays and Christmas presents.
Looking for a place to stay in North Wales whilst I went to visit my sister we decided to stay at the West Arms in Llanarmon Duffryn Ceiriog. Reviews on Tripadvisor and Lastminute .com were very favourable during recent weeks. We booked the four poster room at short notice and set out on our journey the following day. Once we reached Chirk on the A5 we turned off for the Ceiriog Valley. A more beautiful area is difficult imagine and Llanarmon DC is a most picturesque village.
The West Arms can be found in the centre of the village and has ample parking space. On arrival we were warmly greeted and shown to our room. We were immediately asked if we wanted fresh milk to make a cup of tea rather than use the UHT milk provided in the room.
A couple of hours after we arrived it was time for dinner which we had booked in the restaurant. The food and service were both excellent.. The night’s sleep that followed was very comfortable and peaceful. Not a sound could be heard. The village was silent in the morning except for the sound of the sheep on the hillside.
Breakfast was of the same standard as the meal the previous evening and set us up for a rainy day on the North Wales coast. When we returned to Llanarmon DC in the late afternoon the weather had improved and a very pleasant hour or so was spent in the hotel garden alongside the River Ceiriog.
Dinner was taken in the restaurant once again. The restaurant was much quieter than the previous evening and both the food and service were even better than the night before. After another blissful night’s sleep and superb breakfast it was time to leave.
Hopefully we will be able to return to the West Arms and explore the area a little more in the near future.
We were invited to a day at Hackney City Farm in association with Farmerama. I hadn’t heard of Farmerama or Hackney City Farm but wanted to go along as I love farms and enjoy playing farm games on the internet.
We had a great time at Hackney City Farm,it is free to enter and has chickens, pigs, donkey, goats sheep and ducks. Caitlyn even got to collect the eggs which she loved. We also learnt a lot about plants, flowers and trees and even got to plant some spinach seeds.
The main reason we were invited to Hackney City Farm was to find out about the game Farmerama on the internet.
I have been hooked since having a go at the event. I really enjoy planting the crops and waiting for them to grow so that I can harvest them. I am glad I was given an unlocked version as I can grow what I want without having to complete quests.
I have 10 unlocked games to giveaway
To enter just leave me a comment telling me what your favourite farm animal is
The giveaway closes 5th September.
This is a guest review from one of my Scrummy Mummies Sara
Toby (4months) and I had the opportunity to attend one of our local baby sensory sessions. I didn’t really know what to expect and was a little worried that an hour long led session might be a bit too much for Toby (and me!). We were pleasantly surprised!
We were welcomed by the group leader Shelley who explained what was going on and made us feel at ease. She had provided an area where we could change the babies if needed and explained that we were free to feed the baby etc as and when needed.
The theme of the session was water. The session was broken into three phases. The first phase was a group session with some singing and signing, some stimulating singing with pom-poms and then some water play. The next twenty minutes were free play where Toby enjoyed playing with toys of different textures and colours etc and I managed to talk to a few of the other parents. The final twenty minutes consisted of some more group activities and songs including an under-the-sea themed experience.
Toby and I really enjoyed the session and Toby was exhausted afterwards so I guess his senses were definitely stimulated! I would be happy to pay £6 a sessions to attend the full course.
At a glance:
What was good:
Fun, friendly and welcoming
A range of short activities so little opportunity to get bored
Lots of ideas for things to do at home with baby
Different sessions for different age babies
Even better if:
Smaller groups – group size quite large (there were 16 babies/parents at the session we attended; Shelley told me the max group size is 20)
Signing was difficult to pick up with little time to practice the signs due to the fast pace of the activities. Would have been good if the signs were gone through a bit more slowly before the songs.
We took our daughter to Old Macdonalds Farm situated just off J28 of the M25 last weekend.
There is plenty to see there and a great thing is that you can feed and stroke many of the animals, and it is clearly signposted which ones are friendly!
Our favourites were probably the alpacas, who were very friendly and liked eating out of our hands.
Everything is well maintained, and the facilities are clean and tidy, with good baby changing facilities.
We went on a Sunday and it wasn’t crowded, and the free parking was handy and had p,entry of space.
Is it value for money?
Well, children under 2 get in free, which is reflected in there being little for a child that age to do apart from see the animals. There’s a giant sandpit, but the rides and bouncy castle are for older children.
Child admission is £10.50, adults are £11.50 and there were mutterings near the entrance from families who were surprised how much it was as it was meant to be a cheap day out!
However, between now and December if you visit
You can get yourself a 2-4-1 adult entry voucher that will help!
Annual and family tickets are also available from the farm.
Overall we spent about 4 hours there, we could have stayed longer but we had got there later and had already eaten, and a good time was had by all!
Tropical wings zoo is in South Woodham Ferrers in Essex.
It is home to lots of different animals including reptiles, birds, mammals, fish and also has a butterfly house. They is a pets corner where you can get up close and personal with goats, wallabies and chickens.
We struggled to find it first of all as our sat nav took us somewhere close by but managed to find it when we read the map!
The ticket prices were reasonable at £7.75 for adults and £4.75 for children under 2′s go free. You can get 241 tickets if you travel by C2C trains but it was cheaper for us to go by car and pay full price.
The first thing we saw were some newly hatched chicks which Caitlyn loved. We then went round the caged birds and talked to the parrots.
Caitlyn got up close and personal to the wallabies and even tried to kiss one of them as they roam freely round the enclosure.
We stopped for some lunch, we decided on hot dogs and a drink which was around £8. There was a cafe there but we decided to just have a snack.
We finished our day going round the butterfly house where there are also fish and ducks. The butterflies quite often land on you which Caitlyn thought was hilarious, she wouldn’t stay in her buggy as she loved chasing the butterflies.
I would thoroughly recommend this day out, there is also a soft play area there.