St George's Day Events in Aylesbury

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Last weekend there were a couple of events taking place in Aylesbury to celebrate England's patron saint - St George.

On Saturday I took Little Miss A to the library for their free crafts and storytime. She really enjoyed dressing up as George for the re-enactment of the story.


On Sunday Aylesbury Town Council had organised a family fun day to celebrate Saint George. As with all their events, all of the entertainment, games and activities were free.

We got there just in time to catch the scout parade led by The Amersham Marching Band. There was a St George on stilts and The Broughton Junior School dragon.

Once this had passed, we started to explore the activities. Firstly we had a go on the games - the dragon hoop-la was Little Miss A's favourite!

Little Miss A spotted lots of children with balloon swords so of course she wanted one! Then we found the craft tent where we painted a pottery butterfly. Little Miss A also sat for a little while and listened to the storyteller telling a tale.




The most intriguing thing was the mechanical, bubble blowing, breathing dragon. There were lots of handles to turn that made the dragon do different things. It was fascinating.



It's worth keeping an eye on both the Aylesbury Library and Aylesbury Town Council Facebook pages for their events as there's always lots going on and all for free!

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My Sunday Photo 24-04-2016

Sunday, 24 April 2016

This is my favourite picture of this week for #MySundayPhoto.


It was taken today on the bouncy pillow at Green Dragon Eco Farm. Little Miss A absolutely loves bouncing on this and I like that this photo captures one of her big bounces!

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A Review of Mattel Play! in Liverpool

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Last weekend Little Miss A had the chance to go to a play centre with 3 themed zones - Thomas The Tank Engine, Bob the Builder and Fireman Sam - what's not to like when you're 3 years old!?!

Whilst we were visiting Liverpool last weekend, we came across Mattel Play! which is situated in the Albert Dock. It seemed like the ideal place to take Little Miss A as she's really familiar with all the characters from these TV programmes. And it's safe to say, she really enjoyed it.



The first zone you go into is Thomas & Friends. Immediately you encounter a large Thomas. Little Miss A spent a bit of time in the ticket office and the Fat Controllers office before spotting the ride-on hand-pedal trains. She really enjoyed these and got the hang of the pedals really quickly. I lost count of the number of times she went on them.

Little Miss A had a go at sorting vegetables at Farmer McColl’s farm before we found the other really popular part of this zone which was the large ball pit with a big Harold The Helicopter to climb into. The ball pit was a big hit with all the kids.



We then moved on to the Bob The Builder zone. I was quite surprised that Little Miss A wanted to wear the high vis jacket and helmet whilst we were here. I thought she would be more interested in sitting in Scoop but she liked the sand diggers the most. There was a really great drawing area and mega bloks building section, but Little Miss A just spent a few minutes in these parts before moving on.



We went back into the Thomas zone for another go on the pedal engines before heading downstairs to the third zone - Fireman Sam. There were lots of vehicles to sit on and explore - Jupiter (the fire engine), Titan (the boat) and Juno (the jet ski).

There were hooks for helmets as you enter this zone, but not sure why there weren't any available which is a bit of a shame. The highlights in this zone for Little Miss A were trying to put out the fire with the pretend water guns and also playing shopkeeper in Dilys' store.







We headed back upstairs for another circuit up there before deciding to call it a day and head out. There was certainly a lot to do and play with.

As it was the weekend, it was very busy but there was never more than a queue of 1 or 2 children before being able to ride or sit on the vehicles. This may be a lot more when the play centre is fully booked, but there are time-slots staggered at 20 minute intervals throughout the day, and there is a time limit of 2 hours (you're given coloured wristbands) so this hopefully isn't too much of a problem. It is best to pre-book your time-slot in advance.

I struggled to take good photos inside as Little Miss A kept flitting between all the different things and also I was conscious of ensuring I didn't include other people's children in my shots! However, there really are lots of photo opportunities so don't forget to charge your phone/camera!

There are several sets of stairs and lots of low ceilings, so you need to be aware of this. There's a place to leave pushchairs etc. downstairs. If you have a baby with you, then you'd ideally need them in a carrier. There's a shop and cafe on-site as well. The centre is a great option for a rainy day as it's all indoors!

I'm really glad we were able to take Little Miss A to this play centre which has only recently opened. She had a go at pretty much all the different activities, and her favourite thing was definitely the ride-on engines. I think Little Miss A (at 3 years old) is a great age to be able to fully enjoy the centre and all that is on offer. I'd definitely recommend it if you're local or visiting Liverpool with a toddler.

Disclaimer: We received free entry into Mattel Play! in return for this review but all opinions are my own.



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My Sunday Photo 17-04-2016

Sunday, 17 April 2016

This is my favourite picture of this week for #MySundayPhoto.


It was taken today at Mattel Play! in Liverpool. We have just spent a fab few days up North visiting family and then staying in a hotel in Liverpool for the weekend. On a wander around Albert Dock, we found this indoor play attraction with 3 themed zones - Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder and Fireman Sam. Here Little Miss A is emulating Bob the Builder.


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My Sunday Photo 10-04-2016

Sunday, 10 April 2016

This is my favourite picture of this week for #MySundayPhoto.


It was taken this afternoon at Cliveden National Trust. Little Miss A had such a great time with my friend's children - my god-daughter and her brother. They don't see each other that often and there's a big age gap but within seconds of meeting up today they were running and rolling around and there was lots of laughter. I think this photo captures the fun they had together, all copying each other and being silly!


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Things To Do Now I Am 2! - Final Update

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

So Little Miss A has just turned 3 so it's time to see how we've got on with her 'Things To Do Now I Am 2' list as we've run out of time.

I haven't actually done any update posts on our progress during the year, but I'm pretty chuffed that we've managed to do 16 out of 19. A pretty good achievement I think!

1. Fly a kite - we took our kite to our local park and had great fun flying it. After a while, Little Miss A wandered off to play in the playground but Mr MoaB continued flying the kite for ages! We only managed to do this once, so we must have another go again soon when the weather conditions are right!


2. Ice sensory play - this activity was pretty well received by Little Miss A. I did coloured ice cubes and also froze some plastic animals into ice blocks. You can read more about our Water Play with Ice activities.


4. Splash park / swim outdoors - one of my favourite days out from last year was taking Little Miss A to the Splash Park in Leighton Buzzard. She had such fun running around and getting very very wet! This Splash Park is definitely on our list to re-visit again this summer. She also had fun playing in water features at Stanwick Lakes in Northamptonshire and in Millennium Square in Bristol.


5. Feed the ducks - we've done this on a few occasions now at various places. It does now mean that if Little Miss A sees some ducks she wants to feed them and I'm not always prepared with food so she's often disappointed!


6. Bake a cake - we've made a few batches of fairy cakes together. Our efforts don't always look the best but Little Miss A loves the mixing and eating, and of course she enjoys the licking of the mixing bowl!


7. Go to the cinema or theatre - Little Miss A's first cinema experience was to see the Minions Movie. I was shocked by how much it cost us to go as a family. I've since taken her to the cinema a couple of other times but always to their cheap Kids Club showings! She doesn't mind that the film is not a new release!


10. Go camping - we actually managed to go camping twice last year. We went Camping at Town Farm in April last year and then in late September we went Camping at Swiss Farm Cottage, near Henley. Going so early and late in the year, meant that the nights were very very cold but we survived!


11. Go on a fairground ride - Little Miss A has now been on a few different fairground rides including carousels, teacups and swings. She seems to love them all!


12. Attend a Christmas carol concert - a couple of weeks before Christmas I took Little Miss A to a family service at a local Church where she got to hear lots of Christmas Carols.

13. Day trip to London - I think when I put this on the list, I was imagining a train ride into central London but instead we found ourselves driving into London and had a Family Day Out in Battersea Park.


14. Grow some flowers from seeds and 15. Plant some vegetables - last year we got some raised flower beds and set about planting vegetables in one side and flower seeds in the other. It was a learning curve for all of us - I usually just pop a few plants or bulbs in planters, not really grow anything from scratch. It was very hit and miss what grew and what didn't but it was fun.


16. Play Pooh sticks on a bridge - we actually managed to do this in a perfect location, on a bridge in the 100 Aker Wook at Aldenham Country Park.


17. Build a sandcastle - Little Miss A is becoming pretty good at constructing sandcastles now. She's had lots of practice in our little sandpit in the garden and then on beaches that we've visited throughout the year.



18. Create some wild art - on a walk last year we collected lots of twigs and leaves and then used them like paintbrushes and stamps to create some art. We also collected a load of leaves during Autumn and made a picture with these. This is something that I'd definitely like to do more of.


19. Find a geocache - we just managed to complete this one before time ran out! After a bit of research, I found that there was a geocache just round the corner from us. It took us two attempts to find it but now every time we pass the fence, Little Miss A comments about finding the object. I still need to understand a bit more about this but hope that we'll find lots more geocaches in the future.



We will have to carry the following three items over to our new 'Things To Do and See Now I Am 3' list:
3. Climb a mountain
8. Do a picture scavenger hunt
9. Family bike ride

Here's some of the highlights of Little Miss A's 'Things To Do Now I Am 2!'



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My Sunday Photo 03-04-2016

Sunday, 3 April 2016

This is my favourite picture of this week for #MySundayPhoto.


It was taken on Wednesday on Brighton beach. The sun was shining and we spent a fab afternoon doing lots of touristy things like the the Brighton Wheel and going on the pier. Shortly after this picture was taken, Little Miss A and her Daddy were actually brave enough to take their shoes & socks off and paddle in the sea! Brighton is very special to Mr MoaB and I as we met there and we love taking Little Miss A down to visit.

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