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My Sunday Photo 27-03-2016

Sunday, 27 March 2016

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


Little Miss A got the chance to meet the Gruffalo this week when we went to The Gruffalo Experience in Milton Keynes. She really enjoyed the whole thing and keeps talking about it!

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Easter Family Fun in Tring Park

Carrying on our Easter family tradition that we started last year of playing egg games, we headed off to Tring Park this time with our eggs safely packed in the rucksack.

With rain forecast for the rest of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, we wanted to get out on Friday to make the most of the one day of sunshine! We really do enjoy walks in Tring Park so this is where we chose for our family walk.

It really was a lovely day to be out for a walk, so nice not to have to be bundled up in coats and gloves etc.


We wanted to head up to see the wooden animal sculptures in Tring Park again. We knew Little Miss A would enjoy playing on them again. On the route we chose to get up the hill, it was pretty muddy so we had to take it really steady but then it got easier.

There's a clearer sign now with an owl scuplture which points to the Play Area. Little Miss A made a bee-line straight for the large turtle. She remembered it all from last time.



After a bit of a play, we had our picnic lunch sat at the toadstool table and then decided to do our egg games. We decorated our hard-boiled eggs and then first up were some egg & spoon races. It was great fun.

Then we rolled the eggs down the hill to see whose would go the furthest before trying to roll the eggs at each other to crack them (much harder than it sounds!). Little Miss A did really well at rolling them.






I'm so glad we've started this Easter family tradition. Next year we'll have another little one to join in the fun and games!

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The Gruffalo Experience in Milton Keynes

Friday, 25 March 2016

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood...

Well a whole group of mice in our case (called a 'mischief' which I like the sound of!), went on a journey through the wood as part of The Gruffalo Experience that's currently running at thecentre:mk.

For Gruffalo fans this really is a must as along with a storytelling adventure through the woods, you get to meet the Gruffalo himself!

When you arrive you are given your mouse ears - adults and children! Then there's a waiting area with some themed activity sheets to keep the kids entertained until your time slot.

Our Guide came round and introduced herself to each family, taking the time to chat to each child which was a good way to build up a rapport with them.



Then it was time to start our stroll through the woods. The scenery is really great - it is as if you've stepped onto the pages of the picture book. The Guide introduced the animal characters - fox, owl and snake - to the kids by bringing out large puppets one at a time. She made it interactive by asking lots of questions for the kids to answer and going around letting each child stroke the puppets. 

The highlight for us during this bit was Little Miss A being brave enough to volunteer in front of everybody and having the snake puppet coiled around her!

The only negative about our time in this section of the Experience was that the Guide doing the storytelling in the room next door was too loud and it was hard to hear our Guide over him. I'm sure if you were in his group then he was great but it spoilt our first 10 minutes there.

Once we'd met the animals, it was time for us to go deeper into the woods coming into another clearing. Again, children participation was encouraged as they had to find the different parts of the Gruffalo's body which were stuck on boards around the room. Then everyone had to stay seated whilst the Guide told the whole story with the Gruffalo making his appearance!

I loved seeing Little Miss A's reaction when he came out - she even waved at him!

Once the story was over we were led out into another room to wait for our chance to meet the Gruffalo. There were a few games and a small climbing frame to keep the kids entertained whilst the parents queued - really great to see that they'd thought of this.

There were actually two Gruffalos (sshhh, don't tell the kids) in two small rooms which sped the queuing up quite a bit! When it was our turn Little Miss A was straight in there giving the Gruffalo a wave, a high five, the lot! We didn't feel rushed during our time with the Gruffalo which was good so we asked to have a variety of photos - including one with her Nana & Pops (who had very kindly paid for us to do the Experience!).

It was then time to say goodbye and head out to review our photos and of course purchase a couple!



You are not allowed to take any photos whilst within the Experience itself. I was itching to get my camera out and it would have been great to have a picture of Little Miss A with the snake around her! However, it means there's no visual spoilers for others doing the Experience!

Little Miss A is definitely at a good age for this type of thing. She was getting involved with the participation parts without any encouragement from us needed. A few of the younger children in the group didn't seem so keen on the whole thing, even in the first section.

The Experience lasts around 40 minutes in total. I thought the whole thing was very well done and I liked how much interaction was encouraged with the children to keep them entertained throughout.

We definitely had a 'Gruffalo' day as we'd watched the TV animation in the morning before going, then when we got home we did a Gruffalo puzzle that my Mum had given Little Miss A today and then read the book!

I'm really glad that we did this Experience. Little Miss A has actually gone to bed with her Gruffalo soft toy tonight and keeps talking about her snake encounter, so I know for sure that she thoroughly enjoyed it.

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A Review of Green Dragon Farm & Eco Centre

Monday, 21 March 2016

This weekend we paid another visit to the Green Dragon Eco Farm in Quainton. Little Miss A and I spent a great morning exploring all areas of the farm and it was a lovely time to re-visit as there were lots of baby animals to see!







Our first visit to Green Dragon Farm was back in March 2015 when only certain parts were open to the public and it was free. We visited with a friend in September when it was fully open and explored a lot more of the outdoor areas. Then we visited again in November when Grandma paid us a visit.

When you arrive you pay in the Eco Centre and can choose to purchase food for the animals. There's also a board with details of the times of the different activities such as small animal handling and pony grooming. Some of these are just open sessions, for others you need to get a time ticket.

Usually our first port is the Animal Barn. This is a great place to feed the animals if you have bought food at the reception desk. We didn't buy any today but have on previous occasions. They also do the pony grooming here. This is something Little Miss A specifically asked to do today as she's done it before.






Next door to this barn is the Pet Cabin with the smaller animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and gerbils. At various times during the day they have pet handling sessions. Today we had a close encounter with two of the guinea pigs.



There are a whole lot of different animals out in the paddocks, so it's well worth a walk around this large area.



A walk around the paddocks brings you back to the large Play Area. This has two large climbing frames, a few bits of other playground equipment as well as two large sandpits.






Plus there is Little Miss A's favourite thing - a big bouncy inflatable pillow. Each time it's been hard to get Little Miss A off this!



A great addition to the Farm is the Soft Play Barn which opened late last year. It's the perfect area to go when you need to warm up as we did today! The great thing is that you can easily see where your child is within the soft play, so you relax with your cup of tea from the cafe whilst keeping an eye on them running around. When we visited in November with Mr MoaB's Mum, we were in this Barn so long that we ended up having lunch there too!

There is a ride-on and pedal kart area outside the Soft Play Barn and also a Messy Play Barn which is a bit sparse of things but has some sandpits (including one where you can excavate dinosaur bones!) and also large blocks which Little Miss A always enjoys building towers with.





If you're in need of refreshments, then there is a restaurant in the Eco Centre and also a cafe in the Soft Play Barn. If you want to take your own food, there are outside picnic tables for when the weather is warm but also an indoor picnic shelter if it's cold or wet.

We used a Groupon voucher to get into the Farm today so it's worth keeping an eye out for future offers. Children under 2 are free. You can also buy an annual pass if you're likely to visit frequently. They can cater for children's birthday parties and hold special events during the year which are usually posted on the Green Dragon Facebook page.

It really is good that there is lots to do both indoors and out, so whatever the weather you can visit the Farm. They've definitely tried to cover all bases so that you can visit year round. As it's just 20 minutes outside of Aylesbury, it's a great local farm to visit.

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My Sunday Photo 20-03-2016

Sunday, 20 March 2016

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

'Squeak, squeak, little mouse!'


Mr MoaB took this picture on Wednesday on their visit up to Wendover Woods. Little Miss A looks so cute peeping over the swing.

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My Sunday Photo 13-03-2016

Sunday, 13 March 2016

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


I took Little Miss A on a random train journey yesterday - just for the adventure of going on a train more than anything else. We travelled to Amersham, had a wander around and then came back. She loved being on a 'choo choo'!

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Waddesdon Winter Weekends - Being a Waddesdon Explorer

Monday, 7 March 2016

Last weekend we decided to head to Waddesdon for a couple of hours as we really wanted to get some fresh air but didn't want to go too far.

We took the courtesy bus and got off at the Stables as I'd seen that they are running children's activities every weekend as part of their 'Winter Weekends'. For £2 we picked up a Trail map with lots of challenges around the grounds for us to complete. The first of which was to decorate a bird and then this was put up on the wall in the Family Activity Room.

The 'Be a Waddesdon Explorer with Mimi' Trail is based on a points system, so the more you do, the more points you get and you can get Gold, Silver or Bronze. Some activities were worth more points than others. The best one for Little Miss A was finding objects that were red, green and brown as we're really trying to work on her colour recognition.

Not actually part of the Trail, we added on a walk around Miss Alice's Drive where we discovered lots of new nature areas and sculptures since our last wander around this part.

Some activities we had to do for Little Miss A, but she liked spotting the pictures around the gardens and carrying the special activity bag (returnable at the end of the Trail).



Initially we said we'd make sure that we got enough points for Silver but then we thought we might as well Go for Gold! That meant Little Miss A got to put her name up on the Waddesdon Wall of Fame!

It was a very cold morning, but we wrapped up warm and Little Miss A didn't seem bothered by the cold at all. It was me that was desperate for a hot chocolate to warm up after we'd been out for a bit!

We are so lucky to have Waddesdon so close and that they are so family-friendly, putting on so many activities throughout the year for kids. Little Miss A would be happy to just visit the Woodland Playground, but there's always something else to see or do.



If you're local, it's well worth subscribing to the Events on the Waddesdon Manor Facebook page to keep up-to-date with what they've got going on.

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My Sunday Photo 06-03-2016

Sunday, 6 March 2016

This week for #MySundayPhoto it seemed appropriate to use a photo of my Mum with Little Miss A taken today, as it's Mothering Sunday.


I love the relationship Little Miss A has with my Mum. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my Mum for everything she does for us. I can only hope to be as fab a Mum to Little Miss A and her brother or sister (when they come into this world in May), as she is to me.


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Family Day Out at Battersea Park

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Last week we took a drive down to London to Battersea Park.

Mr MoaB was going to do the Go Ape course, which only opened earlier this year, with some of his work colleagues. I took the day off work so that he could take part and Little Miss A and I went along for the ride and to explore the Park.

After battling with the London traffic (so glad Mr MoaB was driving and not me!), we got to the Park around lunchtime. We were starving so decided to have lunch in the Putt in the Park Cafe which serves wood-fired pizzas. These definitely set us up for the rest of the day.

There was then just time for Daddy to have a bit of a play with Little Miss A in the children's playground before he needed to go off to be briefed for his Go Ape session.



Little Miss A and I played for a bit longer and then we went for a bit of a wander.

The Park isn't that big so we covered quite a lot of it including the Sub Tropical Gardens, the Peace Pagoda and we stopped by the River for a bit to take in some of the sights.



There is a Zoo at the Park and if we'd had a bit more time, I would have taken Little Miss A there but instead we headed back to playground and to see how Mr MoaB was doing. It was really handy that the Go Ape course has been built directly over the playground, so we could play and watch him!



I really would have loved to have been up there on the course with him. I think Little Miss A would have too! She's not far off being tall enough to try the Junior course which she's going to love as she's such a thrill seeker! Mr MoaB thoroughly enjoyed the course - it was much more challenging than he thought it would be (and he's done 18 Go Ape courses!).

We were so lucky with the weather - it was one of those rare sunny winter's days. Just right for exploring the Park. It was a nice day out although if we went there again I think we'd take the train into London rather than drive!


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Clean For The Queen

Today Little Miss A and I did our bit for Clean For The Queen, a National campaign to clear up Britain in time for her Majesty the Queen's 90th birthday.

We joined other residents and members of the Haydon Hill Community Association and braved the cold to pick up litter and have a tidy up around our housing estate.

Little Miss A was an absolute star and really helpful. First of all she enjoyed having the litter picker and then she took on the role of litter spotting, pointing out the bits of rubbish for me to pick up!




The Community Association organise regular litter picking events which we try to get involved in, but it was great to be a part of this National #CleanForTheQueen campaign today.


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Easter Holiday Family Activities & Events in and around Aylesbury 2016

Thursday, 3 March 2016

I have compiled a list of the activities and events going on in and around Aylesbury during the Easter school holidays.


Breakfast and Tea with the Easter Bunny
Monday 14th March - Monday 28th March
The Easter Bunny will be making a special appearance and hosting a very special breakfast or tea. There will be an Easter cookie to decorate, an Easter Bunny egg hunt, mini chocolate eggs as a treat and your very own cuddly toy.
Place: Wyevale Garden Centres: World's End - Wendover, Tring, Bicester Avenue, Woburn Sands
Time: Vary. Check website and book a time online.
Cost: £9.99 per child (adult tickets available).

The Gruffalo Experience at thecentre:mk
Saturday 19th March - Sunday 10th April
Embark on a fun and interactive journey into the deep dark wood to meet the Gruffalo and other characters from the world famous children's picture book.
Place: thecentre:mk, Milton Keynes MK9 3EP
Time: See website for details
Cost: £7.95 per person for children and adults (transaction fee applies). Under 2s are free of charge.
My parents paid for us all to go to The Gruffalo Experience in Milton Keynes and I would highly recommend it for Gruffalo fans!

An Eggcellent Treat at Frosts Garden Centres
Saturday 19th March and Sunday 20th March
The activity starts with a bunny hunt around the garden centre followed by some Eggcellent fun! Children can get creative by decorating their very own chocolate Easter egg with a selection of yummy sweeties, perfect to take home for an Easter treat. Children will finish the activity by decorating their own Easter magnet followed by a glass of squash. Book tickets online.
Place: Frosts Garden Centres: Woburn Sands (Milton Keynes) and Millets Farm (Abingdon)
Times: Anytime between 10am and 4pm
Cost: £5.99 per child

Easter Open Day at Abbotts View Farm
Friday 25th March
There will be Easter Crafts, an Easter Egg Hunt and needle felting demos. You are welcome to bring a picnic and there will be refreshments available to purchase. No need to book.
Place: Abbotts View Farm, Moat Lane, Aston Abbotts HP22 4NF
Time: 11am - 4pm
Cost: £3 per adult and £2 per child (2-16 years)

Good Friday Stay and Play with Woodland Folk
Friday 25th March
Come and play with your little ones both indoors and outdoors with a range of activities including Easter Egg Hunt. All ages welcome, under 1's free, target age approximately 2-11 years.
Place: Woodland Folk, Green Park, Stablebridge Road, Aston Clinton HP22 5NE
Time: 10am - 12pm
Cost: £5 per head if booked by email at robyn@woodlandfolk.org in advance, or £7 per head on the day (space dependant)

Day Out With Thomas at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
Friday 25th - Monday 28th March
Meet Thomas the Tank Engine™ and his friends, who are waiting to meet you at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre. Experience a ride on a real steam engine, meet the Fat Controller, take part in Thomas themed activities, and more...
Place: Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road Station, Quainton HP22 4BY
Time: 10.30am to 5pm
Cost: See website for details. Book in advance for the best ticket prices.

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail
Friday 25th - Monday 28th March
Become a detective as you follow the Easter trail around the gardens. All successful detectives will receive a Cadbury chocolate prize.
Place: National Trust places: Ashridge Estate, Boarstall Duck Decoy, Claydon House, Cliveden, Dunstable Downs, Hughenden Manor, Stowe Gardens, Waddesdon Manor
Times: Vary by place. Check website for details.
Cost: £3.00 per trail. Normal admission charges apply.

Easter Specials on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway
Friday 25th - Monday 28th March
Come and see the Easter Bunny on our four days of steam-hauled specials. Our stewards will be serving Hot Cross Buns to adults and chocolate treats to children during the journey. Everyone can have fun with our Easter Chick Hunt on the station and why not wear your traditional Easter Bonnet for the chance to win an additional prize too?
Place: Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway, Station Approach, Station Road, Chinnor OX39 4ER
Trains: 10.15am, 11.45am, 1.30pm, 3.00pm, 4.30pm
Cost: Check website for details
To find out more about travelling on this Railway, take a look at my review of the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway from last year.

Easter Fun and a Tasty Egg Hunt at Milton Keynes Museum
Friday 25th - Monday 28th March
Throughout Easter we’ve got yummy prizes for observant youngsters. Find the hidden eggs and win a delicious prize. Plus there's all the usual demonstrations, displays and dozens of fun things to do!
Place: Milton Keynes Museum, Milton Keynes MK12 5EL
Time: 11am - 4.30pm
Cost: Children aged 5-16 years £6.00, Under 5s are free, Adults £7.50

Easter Trail at Black Park Country Park
Friday 25th March - Friday 1st April
Follow the self-led trail through Black Park and see if you can help the Easter Bunny find her missing eggs. If you find them, you’ll get a chocolatey surprise!
Place: Black Park, Wexham SL3 6DS
Time: 10am - 12pm
Cost: £3 per child

“Whose egg is this?” Trail at Rushmere Country Park
Friday 25th March - Sunday 10th April
Pick up a Trail sheet at the Visitor Centre and go on a wander through the Country Park.
Place: Rushmere Country Park, Linslade Road, Leighton Buzzard LU7 0EB
Time: See website for park opening times
Cost: £2 per person. Car parking charges apply.
This park is one of our favourite places to visit. The last time we were there we went on a Fairy Trail at Rushmere Country Park.

Easter Lambing at Orchard View Farm
Friday 25th March - Sunday 10th April (closed Mondays)
Meet the lambs, biscuit decorating, Easter egg hunt and much more! All at the farm, butchers, cafe and farm shop.
Place: Orchard View Farm, Stockwell Lane, Little Meadle HP17 9UG
Time: See website for details
Cost: Free

Easter Bunny Bonanza at Mead Open Farm
Friday 25th March - Sunday 10th April
For a fantastic Easter day out with the family come and explore Hoppy the Easter Bunny’s wonderful themed Easter Garden. Plus, every day, you can earn a chocolate treat by hunting for eggs and even meet Real Easter Chicks and lambs!
Place: Mead Open Farm, Stanbridge Road, Leighton Buzzard LU7 9JH
Times: 10am - 6pm
Cost: £9.95 for children (2-16), under 2s are free, £10.95 for adults.
To find out more about what's on offer, take a look at my review of Mead Open Farm from our visit.

SpongeBob SquarePants fun at intu Milton Keynes
Friday 25th March - Sunday 10th April
This Easter intu Milton Keynes has teamed up with SpongeBob SquarePants to bring you a week filled with workshops, fun and games! You can event meet SpongeBob on Saturday 2nd April! There's something on everyday, see website for details.
Place: intu Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes MK9 3GB
Times: See website for opening times
Cost: Free

Easter Family Fun at Odds Farm Park
Friday 25th March - Sunday 10th April
Follow the Easter Trail around the farm and get a Yummy Treat.  Plus, with plenty of cute Lambs to Bottle Feed and meet, the return of Tractor & Trailer Rides (weather permitting) and fun in the Giant Indoor Playbarn, there’s so much to do.
Place: Odds Farm Park, Wooburn Common, High Wycombe HP10 0LX
Times: See website for opening times
Cost: £11.95 for children (2-16), under 2s are free, £12.95 for adults
To find out more about what's on offer, take a look at my review of Odds Farm Park from our visit.

Fairytale Princesses & Noble Knights at GObowling in Dunstable
Friday 25th March - Monday 11th April
Experience fun bowling games for every Noble Knight and Princess and meet lots of Disney characters for hugs and smiles. Glow in dark bowling from 10am-5pm every day. Plus face painting and Mickey & Minnie’s restaurant showing Disney films every day.
Place: GObowling, Grove Park, Court Drive, Dunstable LU5 4JD
Times: 10am - 5pm
Cost: See website for details

Follow the Fairytrail at Tring Park
Saturday 26th March - Friday 15th April
Join Blue and Belle, the woodland fairies, on an adventure to save the precious bluebell woods from Big Old Foot the clumsy giant. Take the whole family out this spring and discover a magical world.
Place: Tring Park, Tring
Time: All day
Cost: Free

Easter Party with Em's Looney Tune Discos
Saturday 26th March
Em's Looney Tune Discos are hosting a kids Easter party at Aeglesburgh Watermead Inn. Easter egg hunt, free snacks & drink included. Parents enjoy a refreshment from the bar and a hot crossed bun whilst your kids are kept entertained!
Place: The Watermead Inn, Watermead, Aylesbury HP19 0FX
Times: 3pm -5pm
Cost: £1.50 per child, under 2s are free

Easter Crafts at Aylesbury Library
Saturday 26th March
Bring the children along for a great free Easter craft activity, colouring and fun. Suitable for 11 years and under. No booking required, just turn up on the day.
Place: Aylesbury Library, Walton Street, Aylesbury HP20 1UA
Times: 10.30am - 12pm
Cost: Free

That's Not My Egg Gallery Trail at the Natural History Museum at Tring
Saturday 26th March - Sunday 17th April
Explore the galleries to help kiwi find her lost egg to win a chocolatey prize. Suitable for all ages.
Place: Natural History Museum at Tring, Akeman Street, Tring HP23 6AP
Time: Check website for museum opening times
Cost: Trail sheet £1. Museum entry is free.
We've visited the Museum a few times and it's always been a hit with Little Miss A. Take a look at these posts: Meeting the Animals at Tring Museum and Meeting the Animals Again at Tring Museum

Easter Competition at Buckingham Old Gaol
Saturday 26th March - Saturday 9th April
The competition will take place around the museum. Tickets from the museum shop.
Place: Buckingham Old Gaol Museum, Buckingham MK18 1JX
Times: 10am - 4pm
Cost: Tickets 50p per child, plus museum admission charge

Easter Egg Event at Rushmere Country Park
Sunday 27th March
Go to the Visitor Centre to take part in this event.
Place: Rushmere Country Park, Linslade Road, Leighton Buzzard LU7 0EB
Time: See website for park opening times
Cost: £3 per child. Car parking charges apply.
This park is one of our favourite places to visit. The last time we were there we went on a Fairy Trail at Rushmere Country Park.

Easter Egg Festival at Chenies Manor House
Monday 28th March
This is the first afternoon the House & Gardens are open for the season. In 1285, during the visit to Chenies of Edward I, the earliest occurrence is recorded of eggs being cooked and given to the villagers to celebrate Easter. Following this tradition, there will be egg & spoon races, sack races and Easter egg spotting throughout the house.
Place: Chenies Manor House, Chenies WD3 6ER
Time: 2pm - 5pm
Cost: Entrance to House and Garden - Children £4.50 and Adults £8.

Easter Crafts Session at Buckingham Library
Tuesday 29th March
Join us for fun Springtime crafts. Suitable for: 3-9 years. Advance booking required.
Place: Buckingham Library, Verney Close, Buckingham MK18 1JP
Times: 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Cost: Free

Bugs and Beasts at Black Park Country Park
Tuesday 29th March
Hunt for creepy crawlies in Black Park using a mini-beast kit with the help of the Country Park Rangers and learn about the bugs and beasts you find!
Place: Black Park, Wexham SL3 6DS
Time: 2pm - 3pm
Cost: £5 per family

Build a Lamb Toy at Frosts Garden Centre Woburn Sands
Tuesday 29th March - Friday 1st April
Children can create their very own cuddly lamb. Each lamb comes with their very own birth certificate and take home carry bag. All followed by party games and dancing fun. Each child will receive a yummy chocolate treat and a glass of squash. Book tickets online.
Place: Frosts at Woburn Sands, Newport Road, Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes MK17 8UE
Times: Sessions daily at 10.00am, 11.30am and 2.00pm
Cost: £8.99 per child

Easter Egg Hunt and Crafty Fun at Bucks County Museum
Tuesday 29th March - Friday 1st April and Monday 4th - Friday 8th April
Two weeks of crafty fun for all the family - a different activity each day. Plus, an Easter Egg Hunt in the Museum. No need to book, just drop-in.
Place: Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP
Times: Drop in between 10am - 12pm or 1pm - 3pm
Cost: £3 per child/participant

Craft Workshops at the Natural History Museum at Tring
Tuesday 29th - Friday 31st March, Tuesday 5th April and Tuesday 7th April
Whose Egg Is This? (29th & 31st March); Colourful Camouflage (30th March); Orca Sock Puppets (5th April); Penguin Pals (7th April). All activities most suitable for ages 5+.
Place: Natural History Museum at Tring, Akeman Street, Tring HP23 6AP
Time: Check website for workshop times
Cost: Activities £2 per child. Museum entry is free.
We've visited the Museum a few times and it's always been a hit with Little Miss A. Take a look at these posts: Meeting the Animals at Tring Museum and Meeting the Animals Again at Tring Museum

Easter Fun Sessions with Jacqu'in the Box
Wednesday 30th March
Join Jacqui as Alice with Beatrice The Easter Bunny on a springtime journey through the magical, musical, Rainbow Forest of Wonderland! Singing seasonal songs and encountering lots of animal friends as we go down the rabbit hole! Includes little treat from the Easter Bunny. All ages welcome. Must pre-book and pay in advance - call 07948371615.
Place: Your Cafe in the Park, Aston Clinton HP22 5HL
Times: 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Cost: £8 per child. £12 for 2 siblings.
We went along to this session with Jacqu'in the Box last year, read more about the 'Easter Springtime Party'.

Easter Messy Church at Southcourt Baptist Church
Wednesday 30th March
Art, food crafts, bouncy castles, play, quizzes, story, singing, lunch and so much more...
Place: Southcourt Baptist Church, Aylesbury HP21 8HW
Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm
Cost: £1 per person
To find out more about this session, take a look at my review of the Messy Church from April and Messy Church review from May last year.

Meet Ben Elf and Princess Holly at Friars Square Shopping Centre
Wednesday 30th March
Ben Elf and Princess Holly from Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom will be making an appearance at the shopping centre.
Place: Friars Square Shopping Centre, Aylesbury HP20 2QF
Time: Ben and Holly will be appearing at intervals between 11am and 4pm
Cost: Free

Spring Woodland Play at Black Park Country Park
Wednesday 30th March
Join the Rangers for an hour of woodland fun and games in Black Pines Camp. Don’t wear your best clothes, you may get muddy! Book in advance. Suitable for 4 to 10 years (parents must supervise).
Place: Black Park, Wexham SL3 6DS
Time: 3 time slots - 10am - 11am, 11.30am - 12.30pm and or 2pm - 3pm
Cost: £5 per child

Steaming Days at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
Wednesday 30th March, Sunday 3rd, Wednesday 6th and Sunday 10th April
A full size engine will be in steam offering unlimited free train rides. Train rides can also be taken on our miniature railway for a small charge.
Place: Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road Station, Quainton HP22 4BY
Time: 10.30am to 4pm (3.30pm on weekdays)
Cost: See website for details

Activity Thursday - #AylesburyThursdays Event
Thursday 31st March
Organised by Aylesbury Vale District Council, #AylesburyThursdays returns in the Easter school holidays with another free event.
Place: Aylesbury town centre
Time: 11am - 3pm
Cost: Free (charge for some activities on the day)

Babies First Easter Party with Jacqu'in the Box
Thursday 31st March
Join Jacqui as Alice with Beatrice The Easter Bunny on a springtime journey through the magical, musical, Rainbow Forest of Wonderland! Singing seasonal songs and encountering lots of animal friends as we go down the rabbit hole! Includes little treat from the Easter Bunny. Babies aged 0 to crawling. Must pre-book and pay in advance - call 07948371615.
Place: Our Lady of Lourdes Church Hall, Camborne Avenue, Aylesbury HP21 7UE
Times: 10.15am to 11.15am
Cost: £8 per child. £12 for 2 siblings.

Come Out & Play at Cuttle Brook Nature Reserve
Thursday 31st March
Bring a picnic and join in a Free morning of family fun. Have a go at pond dipping or bug hunting, be a wildlife detective or try something creative like making bird feeders and planting sunflower seeds. For more information email: ri@soha.co.uk
Place: Cuttle Brook Nature Reserve, Thame OX9 2EB
Time: 10am - 1pm
Cost: Free

Easter Themed Music Group with A Big Voice
Thursday 31st March
A musical sensory journey with a special Easter theme. Call 07708040011 to reserve a place. Suitable for newborns to little kiddies.
Place: Harris and Hoole, Tesco Extra Broadfields, Bicester Road, Aylesbury HP19 8BU
Time: 10.30am - 11.30am
Cost: See Facebook page for details

NCT Easter Bunny Hunt
Monday 4th April
Fun in the park during the Easter school holidays with a Bunny Hunt.
Place: Wades Park, Stratton Road, Princes Risborough HP27 9AX
Time: 10.30am - 12pm
Cost: £1.50 per participating child. Chocolate egg for everyone plus entry into prize draw. In aid of the NCT Charity.

Tring Park Egg Hunt
Monday 4th April
Search the park for clues to help find the hidden eggs. Most suitable for for ages 5+. Advance booking required.
Place: Natural History Museum at Tring, Akeman Street, Tring HP23 6AP
Time: 1.5-hour activities at 10.30am and 2.30pm
Cost: Free
We've enjoyed lots of family walks in Tring Park. Read more about our most recent visit when we found the Animal Sculptures in Tring Park.  

Springtime Fun at Frosts Garden Centre Woburn Sands
Monday 4th April - Friday 8th April
Join us for some springtime fun! Children can each decorate their very own ceramic egg cup perfect to hold their yummy eggs for breakfast. Then they can create a daffodil windmill and a wooden flower magnet. All followed by a chocolate treat and a glass of squash. Book tickets online.
Place: Frosts at Woburn Sands, Newport Road, Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes MK17 8UE
Times: Anytime between 10am and 4pm
Cost: £5.99 per child

Den Building at Black Park Country Park
Tuesday 5th April and Wednesday 6th April
Have a go at building your own den with the help of the Country Park Rangers. Bring a picnic to enjoy in your newly built den!
Place: Black Park, Wexham SL3 6DS
Time: 10am - 12pm
Cost: £16 per family. £3 per extra

Dinosaur Zoo at the Wycombe Swan
Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th April
Back by popular demand, Dinosaur Zoo returns to High Wycombe, now introducing the Tyrannosaurus Rex to the stage. From cute baby dinos to teethgnashing giants, marvel and interact with extraordinary life-like dinosaurs in this imaginative and hilarious live show. Suitable for ages 3+.
Place: Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe HP11 2XE
Time: See website for details
Cost: £14 (booking fee applies)

Dinosaur Day at Friars Square Shopping Centre
Wednesday 6th April
Come and meet Tiny the Stegosaurus, a 125 million years young dinosaur brought to life. Pet her, feed her, talk to her. Also, take part in the craft workshop and Dinosaur Trail.
Place: Friars Square Shopping Centre, Aylesbury HP20 2QF
Time: 11am - 3.30pm
Cost: Free

Easter Eggstravaganza at College Lake
Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th April
Join us at College Lake and celebrate spring! Family activities include trails, tales, arts and crafts. Enjoy exploring outdoors and see what wildlife has been about over Easter. Booking essential. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Place: College Lake Nature Reserve, Tring HP23 5QG
Time: 11am - 3pm
Cost: £4 per child (accompanying adult free)
We always enjoy visiting College Lake for a walk, you can read more about our last visit to College Lake.

Spring Thursday - #AylesburyThursdays Event
Thursday 7th April
Organised by Aylesbury Vale District Council, #AylesburyThursdays returns in the Easter school holidays with another free event.
Place: Aylesbury town centre
Time: 11am - 3pm
Cost: Free (charge for some activities on the day)

Come Fly With Us! at Buckingham Old Gaol
Thursday 7th April
Planes, space and more... Tickets from the museum shop.
Place: Buckingham Old Gaol Museum, Buckingham MK18 1JX
Times: 10.30am - 12.30pm
Cost: Members: £1.50, non-members: £3

Everyday (ongoing)
Join Stick Man on his forest adventure at Wendover Woods. Set off with a hop and a twirl and help get Stick Man get back to the family tree!!
Place: Wendover Woods
Time: 10am - 5pm
CostFree. Car parking charges apply. Activity packs available from the Go Ape cabin or Cafe for an additional cost of £3.
To find out more about the Trail, take a look at the review of the Stick Man Trail from our recent visits.

National Trust
Throughout half term
It's worth checking the National Trust website for details of the school holiday activities going on at each of their properties.

I've compiled these events from various websites, Facebook etc. Please check with the actual organisers/venue for up-to-date information.

I'd love to know if there's any events not on this list. I'll try to add to this list with any additional ones I find out about over the next couple of weeks.

For more ideas, you might also be interested in the Family Days Out and Family Walks that we've been on.

Hope you and your family have a great Easter, whatever you're up to!

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Me & Mine - February 2016

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

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



The first picture was taken last weekend at Waddesdon Manor. Little Miss A was trying to squirm away from the camera, but we just managed to take a shot in time! The second was taken last week at Jamie's Italian restaurant in Milton Keynes.

February Highs:
  • We enjoyed a lovely family walk in the winter sunshine at Weston Turville Reservoir
  • Little Miss A and I spent a lovely weekend away staying with friends. They have a daughter a similar age to Little Miss A and it was lovely to see them getting on so well. 
  • During half term, Little Miss A and I did a Teddy Bear Hunt in Green Park. It didn't start off too well but by the end Little Miss A was smiling and enjoying herself!
  • This month we've visited Waddesdon Manor on 2 occasions. I took Little Miss A during half term and we took part in the Orienteering Challenge which was really great fun and she loved the medal she got at the end. We then visited again last weekend and took part in their Winter Weekends Trail that took us all around the grounds. 
  • We took a drive down to Battersea Park last week. Mr MoaB tried out the new Go Ape course there with some of his work colleagues, and Little Miss A and I explored the park and had fun watching her Daddy swinging way up high. 
  • We were invited to review the Super Lunch Deal Menu at Jamie's Italian and visited the Milton Keynes restaurant for a lovely lunch with my parents. 
  • I enjoyed volunteering at another Nearly New Sale run by our local NCT branch. They're always fab events and it was really busy. I sold quite a few bits and managed to pick up a few bargains too! 
  • I had some very unexpected good news about my job as it was made permanent, despite the fact that I'm about to go on maternity leave. I've been really enjoying it and it's great to know that I now have a job to go back to after having baby number 2. 

February Lows:
  • Mr MoaB has been working really hard with minimum time off. We've tried to make the most of the days of he has had. We are planning a few nights away over the next couple of months before baby arrives so we will have these to look forward to.
The Me + Mine Project - Dear Beautiful

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