Bowling Party at Hollywood Bowl in Milton Keynes

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Little Miss A had her first experience of bowling a couple of weeks ago at Hollywood Bowl in Milton Keynes.

We were offered the opportunity to host a bowling party for Little Miss A as the venue has been refurbished. As we were really busy around the time of her birthday in March and I was heavily pregnant, we decided that it would be nice to have a party for her after Baby R was born to give her a special treat and put the focus on her for the day.

Hollywood Bowl is located within Xscape MK which I've never been to. I was surprised how much was here - along with the bowling alley, there's a cinema, an indoor ski slope, plus lots of places to eat and some shops. You could easily spend a whole day here!

We met those we'd invited in the foyer of Hollywood Bowl. The children were quite happy waiting for others to arrive as there were lots of arcade games. The kids are still of an age where they're happy to just sit on things and press buttons with no money having to be spent!

We were greeted by our dedicated party host who explained what would be happening. Once everyone had arrived we were taken to our bowling lanes which were decked out with balloons.


The biggest surprise was that you can just bowl in your own shoes. Just goes to show how long it has been since I last went bowling. I was a bit disappointed not to see the retro blue and red shoes that I remember from my youth!

We had 1 hour of unlimited bowling which was enough for 1 game and a bit for our group. As the majority of kids were 3, they all used the ramp and had the side bars up along the lane to help them out. Our party host put all their names into the computer and then sat them all down for a quick briefing before they were let loose with the bowling balls. The host made sure that we had enough of the right size balls for our group so that no-one had to wait to take their turn to bowl.

For most of the children, including Little Miss A, it was their first experience of bowling and it was definitely a positive one. Some took a little longer than others to get into it, but then they were all having a go. They all particularly liked waiting for their ball to arrive back up through the machine!

Jugs of squash were provided during the games and the kids all received stickers when they got a Strike or just for having a go!

Once time was up, our party host gathered the kids together for a group photograph before escorting us to the Diner - Harry's Kitchen - for the food. I loved the decor in the restaurant, particularly the full scale pink Cadillac car!

Our party host had taken the food orders from the children whilst they were playing so pretty much as soon as they sat down the food was ready which was great as there's nothing worse than a long wait with hungry kids!


Before we left, we were provided with a framed copy of the group photo and also each child received a free game voucher so they can re-visit in the future.

There are two Children's Party Packages at Hollywood Bowl available and prices start from £7.99 per child. This seems a very good price as food is included with these packages and the food looked really good - all the kids tucked in.

My last visit to a bowling alley was years ago and they've certainly moved on since then. It's definitely been made more exciting with fun graphics when you score, music videos playing on the big screens and funky signage. Some of the parents, including us, had babies with us (Baby R was just 4 weeks) but the noise and lighting didn't seem to bother them at all.

I think the party goers were just about the right age for a bowling party. I wouldn't recommend for much younger. At this age the kids didn't really understand the scoring and it was just about having fun, there were no winners or losers. I think the parents were more excited when their own kid got a Strike or Spare than the kids themselves!

Little Miss A really enjoyed her first experience of bowling and she still talks about her party and seeing her friends. It was right up our alley for a fun treat for her. Thanks goes to those parents and their children who came along to make her party so enjoyable. I'm sure we will be going bowling again in the near future.


Disclaimer: We were provided with this Party Package at Hollywood Bowl in return for this review but all opinions are my own.


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My Sunday Photo 26-06-2016

Sunday, 26 June 2016

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


It was taken this week whilst Little Miss A was playing. One minute she was asking for help putting her pirate costume on, the next she was looking like this!

A pirate girl can obviously never have too many bags!!


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My Sunday Photo 19-06-2016

Sunday, 19 June 2016

This is my favourite picture of this week for #MySundayPhoto. A special set of photos as it's Father's Day today!


Taken 3 years apart. Little Miss A on the left and Baby R on the right. They are even wearing the same vest!

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Mr MoaB for everything he does for us. He's a fantastic partner and father. The children are so lucky that he's their Dad.

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Siblings - June 2016

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Joining up with The Siblings Project for the first time with these photos of Little Miss A and Baby R.

These two have only been a part of each other's lives for a month but what a lovely month it has been.


Little Miss A is so affectionate towards her new baby brother. We're so proud of how she has accepted him in the family and how she cares so much for him. He gets the best kisses and cuddles from his big sister. I'm so looking forward to seeing how their relationship grows over time and taking a monthly photo will mean they have a special record of their time growing up together.

I'm also including this photo from May as it was taken when they met each other for the first time on the day Baby R was born. I'll never forget their first meeting, it was so special.





The Me and Mine Project

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My Sunday Photo 12-06-2016

Sunday, 12 June 2016

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


The photo was taken yesterday. I love the way they are looking at each other. I've had some devastatingly sad news today so I'm giving these three very important people in my life extra tight cuddles tonight and making sure they know how much I love them.

OneDad3Girls

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My Sunday Photo 05-06-2016

Sunday, 5 June 2016

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


This photo was taken at our local playground today. Surprisingly we had it all to ourselves. Little Miss A was going on all the equipment on her own including climbing this spider's web - she really didn't want help from me. She has no fear and is so independent - definitely takes after her Daddy!


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The Flying Scotsman

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Today we caught a glimpse of the the world’s most famous locomotive - the Flying Scotsman.

My parents mentioned to me that this historic steam train was going to be passing on the railway tracks near to them in Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire. My Dad was keen to see it and I thought it would be nice to go with him.

The only thing was that it was passing early in the morning so it meant I had a mad dash first thing this morning to get up there in time!

On arrival at my parents house, I left Baby R with my Mum, picked up my Dad and drove to their local park (Pocket Park) where you can see the railway tracks. We weren't sure how easy it would be to park nearby but we found a spot and walked through the park to pick a viewing spot. There were lots of other people already there but still plenty of room.

A few normal trains went past which everyone would get excited about for a few seconds until they realised they weren't the steam train!

Then it was time for the historic train to make its' appearance. It was very quick. I was expecting a bit more noise and a bit more steam but at least we can say we did see it!





It wasn't that exciting for Little Miss A but the experience left some impression on her as when we got back to the house she re-enacted it all for my Mum - they stood outside as pretend trains went past and she kept saying 'not that one, that's the wrong train!'.

There's lots of information about the history of this steam train and where you can see it in action on the Flying Scotsman website.


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