The Ice Cream Farm

Saturday, 18 August 2018

A visit to the Ice Cream Farm to see some of their new additions, plus take in a Playhouse show in their Tipi Theatre.

We were kindly invited to visit the Ice Cream Farm specifically to see one of the new Playhouse shows that are being performed during the school holidays.

The Farm is always on our list to visit during the school holidays as the kids love it. Our first port of call on arrival today was to Honeycomb Canyon for some water and sand play. We used our Play Pass for entry. The kids couldn't get their swimming suits on fast enough and wanted to get struck straight in.

 I definitely recommend taking some swimwear or a change of clothes! Also, some footwear that you don't mind them getting wet in for when they want to venture on to the climbing frames. We always take a few small buckets etc. which are great for gathering water and also for use in the sandpit.

During peak times you are time restricted on the activities. In Honeycomb Canyon, we were limited to an hour but this was probably about right and the kids were happy to move outside and play in the outdoor playground. This area is fab with so much different equipment and is totally free to use.

We then ventured over to an area where there are a few new additions to the Farm. The children spotted the pony rides. These were £2 a ride but for this I was expecting a little bit more. They only rode round the small area once and the girl leading them round didn't seem to really engage with the kids at all and excite them. Just telling the kids the horses name etc. would have been nice. This was our only negative of the day.

Next door are the new big inflatable pillows - called Marshmallow Mound. We used our Play Pass for these and got 10 minutes bounce time. I thought the kids would stick to the smaller pillow, but they both opted to spend more time on the larger one!



This brought us to our Playhouse show time so we headed to the Tipi Theatre to see Betty Butterscotch at the Ice Cream Farm. The tent is a great structure and an unusual environment to watch a show. The show started on time and the kids were immediately wrapt. I won't spoil too much by giving away the storyline but the kids really enjoyed the songs and Miss A was singing along (pretty loudly in parts!).



The performance is just 35 minutes which is a good length for Master R in particular. It was nice that the cast offered to have pictures with the audience members at the end. Each day those that see the show are put into a draw to win a Year's Supply of Ice Cream - how cool would that be!?!

See the Ice Cream Farm website for details of Playhouse show dates and times. The show is a nice addition and something different to do on your visit, particularly if you have been to the Farm before. It's fairly priced at £4 a ticket (£3 in advance).

With all the talk of Ice Cream in the show, it was only right that we headed to the Parlour to have some! Miss A always chooses chocolate, there's no dissuading her. I always get Master R a vanilla tub but I tend to try a different flavour each time! They're always lovely.

Along with tickets to the show we were kindly gifted a Play Pass to use for some of the activities. I paid for the pony rides and our ice creams.


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Me & Mine - June 2018

Joining up with the Me and Mine Family Portrait Project with these photos of our family for June.



These were taken during our time away in Brighton. I just love the graffiti hoarding with the landmarks. Brighton is a very special place for us as it's where Mr MoaB and I met!

June Highs:
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June Lows:
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Me & Mine - May 2018

Joining up with the Me and Mine Family Portrait Project with these photos of our family for May.


 This was taken when we went to visit Mr MoaB's family to celebrate Master R's 2nd Birthday.



These were taken during our time away in Brighton. We spent a day at the Marina.

May Highs:
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May Lows:
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Me & Mine - April 2018

Joining up with the Me and Mine Family Portrait Project with this photo of our family for April.


This was taken on a lovely Daffodil and Fairy Trail walk that we went on which was all done for charity.

April Highs:
  • - Easter was pretty low key for us as it was Miss A's Birthday weekend as well. I did a little egg hunt for them in the garden. We did our family tradition of egg decorating, egg & spoon races and egg rolling a couple of days later. 
  • - Visit to Mr MoaB's family to celebrate Easter and Miss A's birthday. 
  • - We took a trip to the Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester with some of Miss A's school friends to see Tim Peake's spacesuit and shuttle. Miss A has shown a lot of interest in space and Tim Peake since learning about it at school. 
  • - The kids did the Spring Trail at Carr Farm Garden Centre.
  • - Chester Zoo - making the most of our annual membership. 
  • - Ice Cream Farm again (the second time in a week) as I promised Miss A on her Birthday that I'd take her back. It was nice to go without Master R and just play with Miss A. We spent a couple of hours in Honeycomb Canyon, did the crazy golf course and then finished off with an ice-cream!
  • - Daffodil and Fairy Trail - A bit soggy but this was such a nice family walk. We saw lots of different varieties of daffodils. There was also a lovely fairy village. 
  • - A visit to one of our favourite parks - Wepre Park. The highlight was definitely having a splash about in the river in our wellies!
  • - I braved taking the kids to New Brighton Beach on my own. I'm so glad I did as we had a fab couple of hours playing in the sand with our diggers. 
  • - Mr MoaB and Miss A enjoyed a Daddy-Daughter Day and went swimming and to Clip & Climb in Chester. 
  • - I took Miss A to the cinema to see the Peter Rabbit Movie and then we went to McDonalds for lunch. Following on from this we had some fun at home with a Peter Rabbit small world set-up. 
  • - The kids took part in a yoga session in the local park. It was fun for them to do something different outdoors. 
  • - Miss A tried out a Zumba class and really enjoyed it. 
  • - The last day of the Easter holidays and we managed to do one final Easter activity, the Bunny Trail at Blakemere Village.

April Lows:
  • - Two rounds of chemo this month and a scan.
  • - Mr MoaB went away for a few days to a Manager's Meeting. I hate being home alone. Thankfully he's not away too often. 


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Me & Mine - March 2018

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Joining up with the Me and Mine Family Portrait Project with these photos of our family for March.



They were both taken right at the end of the month as it was Miss A's 5th Birthday.

It was a busy month which culminated in Miss A's 5th Birthday! The weeks' leading up were completely focused on her party as we organised the whole things ourselves. It was absolutely exhausting but went really well and I'm so glad we put in the effort.

March Highs:
  • - Miss A's 5th Birthday was the main highlight of the month. She has changed so much in the last year and continues to amaze us all the time. I think going to school has definitely matured her and she is learning so much. She is such a fab big sister to Master R, I hope they always have such a close relationship. Here's to the next year!
  • - We hosted a Mermaids & Pirates party for Miss A. We organised the whole thing ourselves from the decorations, to the food to the party games. It took a lot of preparation but it was so worth it as the kids had such a fun time. 
  • - On her actual birthday, Mr MoaB was working but his Mum and friend came down to visit and we went to the Ice Cream Farm for a play and ice-cream treat!
  • - Mr MoaB and I made the most of a child-free day to go for a bike ride in Delamere Forest. I'll readily admit that I'm not the biggest fan of cycling but Mr MoaB hired me an electric bike and there's no going back now, it's electric for me all the way! 
  • - We had lots of fun for World Book Day. I did a week of book themed activities for the kids with some of their favourites such as the Gruffalo, Giraffes Can't Dance and the Smartest Giant in Town. Miss A dressed up as a pirate from Pirates Love Underpants. 
  • - We spent an afternoon at Norton Priory Museum with some friends. The kids enjoyed exploring the Museum which was very quiet and spending a bit of time outside in the playground and mud kitchen, although it was quite cold to be out for too long. 
  • - Another afternoon out with friends was to Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre. It was lovely to see the new foal they have there. 
  • - Miss A had a few Birthday parties this month. It's so lovely to watch her interacting with her school friends. 
  • - Miss A visited the opticians for the first time. She has been asking to go for a while as a couple of children in her class have glasses. We thought it would be a good experience for her to see what goes on. It led to us spending a whole weekend doing opticians role play. 
  • - Miss A attended an Easter event at a local school. She got to do some crafts and do some sports. It was a well run event that was free - even the refreshments and amazing cakes for parents!
  • - We had a little bit of snow. Not as much as the rest of the country so no snowman for us, but we did some Snow play. 
  • - I started yoga classes and am loving taking this time out to do something just for me. I've always enjoyed yoga and believe that the yoga breathing I learnt when I was pregnant got me through the births without pain relief. I always feel so good at the end of each class. 

March Lows:
  • - One round of chemo this month. Nothing to report which it's a good thing in lots of ways but having chemo will always be a low. 


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Me & Mine - February 2018

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Joining up with the Me and Mine Family Portrait Project with this photo of our family for February.


We have my Uncle to thank for this picture. It was taken on Crosby Beach. It's so nice when we get a picture that isn't a rushed selfie.

February Highs:
  • - Master R's language is really coming on now and he seems to say a new word each day. It's so lovely to hear and he's making what he wants more understood which makes things easier all round!
  • - Miss A was learning about space and the solar system at school so I set up lots of space themed play for her at home including building her a big cardboard rocket! 
  • - We visited Spaceport in Wallasey with one of Miss A's school friends. I'm not sure how much they learnt but they enjoyed all the interactive elements. We also took the ferry trip on the Mersey which you can do from the museum. 
  • - I've tried to do a lot of themed play with the kids this month so along with the space themed play, we've done Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day themed play.
  • - Miss A achieved her next badge at Gymnastics. She's taking a break from a while so that she has the option to try something different when we feel the time is right.
  • - Some of Mr MoaB's family paid us a visit and we went in to Chester to see the Chinese New Year lion and dragon dance, followed by lunch out at an Italian restaurant.  
  • - We had a really busy half term with Miss A and were out every day. This included another visit to Chester Zoo. 
  • - Miss A and I had a girls day out at Jodrell Bank to further encourage her interest in space. It was nice to have some one-on-one time with her.
  • - My Uncle & Aunt traveled up to see us. We spent a fab day seeing the Antony Gormley 'Another Place' statues at Crosby Beach. We were lucky with the weather as it was really mild and we timed it just right as the tide was coming in!
  • - I took the kids to a special event in Chester with the illustrator Axel Scheffler. He did a talk, drew some illustrations, read 3 stories and then did book signings. It was worth the wait in the queue as now the kids each have a personalised book signed by him with an illustration.
  • - Miss A had some fun with her Daddy trying climbing for the first time at Clip n Climb in Chester. There were a few wobbles but she was so chuffed when she managed to reach the top of one of the walls and did that wall several times over!
  • - More visitors of a friend and her Mum who I have known all my life. We went out for lunch on the Saturday and then on the Sunday morning we met at Runcorn Hill Park to play in the playground, feed the ducks and then warm up with a hot chocolate in the cafe. 
  • - Miss A is now doing some independent reading which is just brilliant to listen to. I love her enthusiasm for books and try to encourage this as much as possible. 
  • - Miss A went to a fun birthday party at the Ice Cream Farm.
  • - Miss A was selected as Star of the Week in her class for her enthusiasm for learning. I got to attend a Celebration Assembly to see her presented with her certificate. We're very proud of her. 

February Lows:
  • - Another round of treatment. It was a week later than it should have been so that it didn't have any impact on half term as I wanted to be able to have lots of days out with the kids and not be wiped out. I definitely needed all my energy as it was a very busy half term!


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Siblings - February 2018

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Joining up with The Siblings Project with these photos of Miss A and Master R. 


This photo should be captioned 'Are you sitting comfortably!?!'. It just makes me chuckle. Master R looks so pleased with himself that he's sat on his sister!

The relationship between these two goes from strength to strength. They are playing more and more together rather than completely separately and it's so nice to see. They like nothing more than chasing each other around. Master R loves to imitate what his sister does so quite often they're just plain silly together!

We took another trip to the Zoo this month and I managed to capture this picture of my cheeky monkeys with this monkey!!


It's so nice that they will play alongside each other now and that Master R can now really join in with all the activities we do. We've done a lot of space themed activities as Miss A was learning about the Solar System at school. This was them doing some space play-dough.


We've also done Valentine and Chinese New Year themed activities and the kids enjoyed getting messy with some noodles.






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