We went on a bear hunt!

After being inspired by the children’s new favourite book.  

I decided that this half term we would go on our own little bear hunt. This meant us going on a walk down into the wood near my house while reciting the story repeatedly and while I tried to snap as many picture as I could. Plus it meant I got to final test out the back sling I brought to carry Baby in.

The weather has been very bloody beautiful this week and has been a welcomed changed because it meant that our walk wouldn’t be put on hold. I arranged a day out with a friend and her children, but the original plan was changed and we instead decide to packed a picnic and go on a adventure. 

OUR HUNTERS!   

We were all really excited to go for a hike around the woods. Even Baby was excited and was loving her new carrier. So off we set, with our picnic packed the kids raring to go and everyone excited for the fun.

“We’re Going On A Bear Hunt.” 

 

“We’re Going To Catch A BIG One.”   

 “What A Beautiful Day!”

 “We’re Not Scared.” 

 

We had great fun and we ticked most of the books adventures, like mud, forest, a little beck (almost a river). Lucky for us there wasn’t a snowstorm or any dark caves. 

Sadly we didn’t find any bears but we saw sheep, cows, horses and a cute family of donkeys. 

 

We managed to get round our walk and at end we worked out that we had all managed to do about 4 miles and were completely exhausted. But like kids do they some how managed to find loads of energy just as we got home to sit down. 

It was then that the boys asked if they could have a camp out. I thought why not the weather is lovely and I knew our tents needed to be aired out soon. (It had been a few years) 

So we got out a tent and put it up in the garden.

 

The boys wanted a camp fire to roast marshmallows but that wasn’t possible, instead we managed to talk them into a BBQ for tea.

They seemed happy with them. 

Soon it was time for my friend and her girls to leave, Hubby and our girls went to bed. Which left me and the boys to try to snuggle down and get comfy in the tent in the garden. 

 

As you can tell they were very happy and really excited. 

When I first agreed to the idea of camping in the garden I had seriously thought that they would have been happy to sit in tent, tell ghost stories and then realise it was cold, uncomfy (my air bed bust a few years back, so we were sleeping on just hard ground) and that they would want to crawl back into their own beds in time for me to curl up on sofa and watch Scandal.

I was very wrong and we stayed out there all night. They even stayed out there this morning when I had finally decided I could pretend to sleep anymore an I needed the loo and then a coffee!

I was happy to see they loved camping as much as I normally do. Hopefully next year when baby is a little older we can look into booking a family camping holiday.

Do you ever acted out your kids books?

Have you ever camped in the garden?

Nikki x

Ps, sorry it’s such a photo heavy post but I hope you enjoyed it.

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Play at Brewers Fayre at the Old Brickworks

I can not begin to explain how excited I was when I received and email offering me and my family a VIP invite to the Play at Brewers Fayre event at The Old Brickworks pub and restaurant in Drighlington, for the launch of their new Beano themed indoor play area.

The family at The Old Brickworks, Brewers Fayre.

The family at The Old Brickworks, Brewers Fayre.

What made it even better was the fact that it was the day before mine and the Hubby’s wedding anniversary. so it meant that we could all go out for a family meal while the kids had loads of fun in the new play area.
When we arrived Dennis was stood outside waiting to meet people and take photo. The kids were thrilled and even Baby was intrigued to see who this person knew person was, instead of crying like her brothers and sister did as babies.

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The kids were blown away by the new play area and couldn’t wait to play and were itching to go explore all the new equipment. We had never been to the Brewers Fayre before so the whole experience was new to us. It was one I was excited to be taking part in.

The new area had all been designed with children in mind. There is a Toddler zone which is prefect for the little menace’s to have fun, a Treetop play house for the older one’s (height restrictions apply) and they even have a party room that has been named ‘The Den’. Which means that you can actually book the space out for your child’s birthday party. The play area is open every day from 9.30am – 8pm and its only cost £3 for 90 minutes of play. Plus you get to meet Dennis and Gnasher in person.

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As you can see the kids loved it. The day was made extra special because there was an amazing lady that who was doing some beautiful face painting. Of course P and E were straight over to get their faces done. P wanted a dinosaur, where as E went for Frozen.

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Once the kids had their fun, we decided that it was time to eat and went in the main restaurant to get our meal. I had order a chicken and bacon salad, whereas the hubby had chosen the Brewers Fayre burger. We both really enjoyed our meals and were extremely pleased. The kids ordered off the children’s menu, with P and E having The Big Bad Dog, while T and Baby had pasta meal such as Macaroni cheese and Spaghetti Beano-ese.
I only really managed to get a few picture of the food because everyone wolfed it down it was that tasty.

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The Hubby mentioned that he really loved the little extra added touch they added to the meal, such as the wrapper for the burger or how the hot dogs came in a little basket.
I was really impressed with the prices that you could get the meals. You could order off the children’s menu for £3.99 each and there is a Brewers Fayre Day Time Value offer where you can choose 2 adult main meals from a choice of 12 for just £10. Plus you can order 2 desserts for £2.(This is on weekdays only)

Brewers Fayre doesn’t just have an indoor play area though they also have an outdoor play area. For those lovely summer days when you want to let your kids run free and play while you enjoy a cheeky pint or glass of wine.

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It is safe to say that we had a really great time (I think the amount of photos I took shows that) and the Hubby was already arranging our next visit before we had even left. He has loads of ideas about use having the kids parties there too. I guess we will have to see what happens, but I know I would be more than happy go to Brewers Fayre for lunch again.

I would really recommend!

Nikki x

Disclaimer… I was not paid for this review, however we were given a complimentary meal in exchange for my honest opinion.

February Half Term

For most of us the last week has been half term.

While I do love normally love school holiday, I completely despise them over winter. The weather is crap, the kids don’t want to play out cause it’s cold and quite frankly I can’t blame them. I know most winter days I would much rather curl up in my pj’s in the warm.

For us our half term has been spent going on days out or playing at home in tents and doing arts and crafts when the weather was bad.

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You see instead of telling you about our half term in 1 post, I planned to tell you about all the stuff we got up over multiple posts. I was going to tell you about the day I met up with my sister and we took the large brood of kids to the Media Museum in Bradford. It was a fun day but because they had a Shaun the Sheep exhibit on the place was completely packed and we didn’t really get chance to enjoy it or do everything they had to going on. It was completely manic and with 2 pram and 9 kids you can imagine how much fun was to be had. We did manage some but I wasn’t able to get many photos. The kids loved it though, especially E.

By the time Saturday had rolled around I realised the kids hadn’t really played out. Of course we had been out and about to museums, play areas etc but they hadn’t gone outside to play except for a bout 5 minutes, when they ran through water fountain in
City Park on the way home from the Media Museum.

Because of this I was really happy when one of my mummy friends messaged to ask if I wanted to join her and kids for a walk to park and then down to local farms to see the animals.

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The kids loved the park and I enjoyed watching them all play nicely. T really impressed me by being so grown up and helping the younger ones on the slide or pushing them on swings. It was amazing to see how grown up he was becoming.

We only stayed in the park for a short time because we wanted to go see the animals, plus I wanted to go an take some photos of the wild flowers and views for my #BWphotoproject and #MySundayPhoto. There really are some beautiful sights to see where I live and I got some great shots.

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IMG_1783 although I wish I could have found and done more. But when you have kids running round that are wanting to explore, sometime you have to miss the taking picture to gain memories instead.

We carried on down the dirt road marching in a line, as the boys pretended to be soldiers and exploring their surroundings. We spent ages looking at the sheep and horses.

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E was super excited saying “Just like Shaun the Sheep The Movie”. It’s funny how excited she gets about the movie, as we haven’t actually seen the film. I guess it going to have to go on the “must see list”.

After some fun and giggles we carried on down the path until we reached the level train crossing.
It’s one of my favourite places to walk with the kids because I get to talk to them about all sorts of things. Telling them about my adventures at the same spot as a child and explaining why you only cross when the light on green. Why you should always close the gates and why you should never play on the tracks.

Every time I take the kids to the crossing. We always stop and wait to see a train pass by.

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Sometimes we would be stood there for quite a while just waiting and talking. But that doesn’t matter because as soon as the crossing light turns red and starts making a beeping sound to warn the a train is imminent. You can see the excitement that spreads across the kids faces as they giddily clamber up the gate and the furiously waving at the approaching train.
It’s like a modern day image from The Railway Children.

And this trip was no exception and the smiles lite up their little faces when the train eventually came along and sounded it’s horn as and the driver and some of the passengers waved back.

After wards we turned back and walked back towards the park. So the kids could enjoy some more time playing in the park.

It was a great afternoon that was filled with lots of fun, exploring and excitement. It was amazing adventure that has left me with some fond memories to keep me going, until we head out on our next expedition.

How did you spend you half term?

Nikki x

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Outdoor park fun

This weekend I have wanted so badly to go on a day out with the kids. This urge was made even greater by the fact that all weekend it has been lovely and sunny. (It was still freezing though)

Unfortunately I have still been feeling really run down and plain awful, add that to my lingering ear infection that is still bugging me and now Baby and E developing a lovely dry cough. So you can see why we didn’t really make it out.
Even with all that I was still desperate to get out of the house. I knew once I went for a walk or just got some fresh air I would feel better. I would blow way the cobwebs and soak up some vitamin D (even if it was only my face on show).

On Saturday I ended up cancelling my plans to go to a frozen fun day because I just could face the crowds of people with the kids on my own, while I felt this horrid. On Sunday I was planning to go for a walk down woods with the kids. That way we could all have some fun and explore. But with Baby and E’s chest I decided against that too.

Instead we went for a walk and then to the park. As soon as I stepped out of the door, I was hit by that bitingly cold breeze and I could feel myself waking up, an the fogginess in my head slowly blowing away.
The kids were happy to be running about and having fun, even though E was coughing all the way.

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We soon got to park and found that a piece of the equipment that had been broken for over a year had finally been replaced and fixed.

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It an amazing seesaw that spins round as well as bounces up and down. It great for little kids …

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And big!

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I was itching to have ago but I decided to wait until I was feeling better and because a line of excited kids was forming, they were waiting to take their turn on the new seesaw.

Instead the kids went off and played on other equipment and I went to go push Baby on the swings.

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She really does love the swings and so does E.

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All the kids had great fun and Baby even had a go on the slide with E and T

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Unfortunately the cold was creeping in more as the winter sun began to fade, E’s cough was getting worse and Baby was getting fussy and wanted to go home. So I called the kids to tell them we have to leave. The kids all groaned out loud and wanted to stay and play but poor Baby was ever so upset and just wanted to go home to for her nap.

We soon walked home after “one more go on the roundabout.”

I was glad we had managed to get out of the house and I felt much better for getting some fresh air, even if we were all much colder. I know the kids had great fun and would have played for hours and if had been summer I would have let them.

As I told the kids now the weather is turning brighter we will go back again soon or maybe even try a new park or too.

Nikki x

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Bradford Christmas lights switch on.

Tonight has been a fun, exciting, magical and stressful night.

I took my family to go watch the Christmas lights be switched on in Bradford town centre.

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I was about worried about going because I knew it would be crowded. Also I knew I would be on my own with kids as my hubby had to work that night. With this in mind I decided to ask a couple of my mummy friends if we all fancied going together. Because then we could keep each other company as well as help each other when it came to toilet runs and watched each other’s kids.
You know “mummy team work”.

My friends K and E were more the happy to go along with my idea and we mixed a group with my 4, K’s 2 boys and E’s little girl. Making the grand total of 3 adults and 7 kids, 4 of which were 3 or under. (Yes we are mad)

We decided to set off into town at 4.15pm so we would be able to get a good place to watch the show. Which started at 5pm. We got a prime spot were we could watch the kids, the show and still chat/relax. (or so we thought)

The weather had been crap all day. It had been foggy/misty but luckily the temperature wasn’t too bad. So we all sat and waited for the show to start.

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The sky was dull, grey and it started to rain just as the show began to start.
That didn’t deter people though and the area soon began to fill up with crowds of people. It was then that I realised my “prime spot” wasn’t that great. Specially when a loads of teenage and preteen kids started try and push us out off way.

The poor family at side of me kept getting hit by my bag and at one point baby even kicked the mum in the eye as I shifted her weight on my hip. I was mortified.

But it didn’t matter because there were Christmas carols sung by the school choirs. The best part of the whole show was the acrobatic aerial show. It was amazing and the kids liked what they could see of it because the crowds were moving in and blocking their view. Luckily the show moved high up into the air. Shoring high above the crowds meaning the kids got a great view and I managed to get some lovely pictures.

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By this point the rain had stopped and we got to watch the show in amazement. Although T kept complaining he was hungry because he was sulking as I wouldn’t buy a flashing sword.

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The Lord Major of Bradford switched on the lights which was great and the fireworks were great. All the kids loved watching them and the whole show was great. Even with the odd stressful bits. We all made it through and the light looked amazing and we all enjoyed ourselves.

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Santa was even give out presents as we left. The kids were so excited and of course the presents where a small charge but I couldn’t resist buy them one each.

I am so glad I had my friends to go with though because otherwise the night would of been much more stressful. (as my E needed the toilet almost constantly and all kids didn’t want to go every time)
I am so thankful for great friends because they made my night, specially when we went to go feed the tribe. The giggles, the banter and the memories that were made were great 🙂

Nikki ❤

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EUREKA! Spooky half term Halloween fun

I have been super giddy and excited for half term this year because it meant I could plan loads of fun family Halloween activity to do 🙂

I was even more excited when I realised that Eureka | The National Childrens Museum were putting on a hubble, bubble, toil and trouble event on over the half term 25th Oct – 2nd Nov 2014.

It was prefect for keeping my little ones busy and in the mood for Halloween fun.

The museum is in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Which for us is a bus ride away, as we live on boarder of Leeds and Bradford.
We set off for the bus shortly after lunch and arrived in Halifax by 1pm. Which meant we would have loads of time in museum because they have changed to opening hours from 10am – 4pm until 10am – 6pm.
Because we had decided to go on a Sunday it was only open until 5pm, plenty of time to explore.

We have been to Eureka before but we hadn’t been in over 2 years. So it was nice to see what aspects had changed and what things had stayed the same.

On walking up to the museum there is a large marque with tables and chairs in side for people wanting to have a picnic outside, plus picnic table further ahead. There is a music garden in which the kids can explore and learn about all the different sounds created by unexpected things, plus a large sand pit. That even on a chilly autumn day beckoned the children to play, dig and have fun.

It was great watching my kids faces light up with delight. Specially E because this is the first time she has been since she was a baby.

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So for her this was all new and she was finally able to explore better then she had when she was younger.

As you walk through the door of the museum there is a queuing system leading to the ticket desk.
The prices are really reasonable at £11.95 for adults and children over 3, £4.95 for children aged 1-2 years old and under 1’s are free.
When you pay these prices though you go in to the museum and there is a desk that you take your receipt and they will give you a 1 year free entry Annual pass at no extra charge.
Also if your a MaxCard holder like me, you and your family get in for free once you show your card.

They gave everyone a dinosaur stamp on their hands (incase you leave and then want to regain entry) and then we went in to explore.

When we got inside we were directed to a notice bored that told you all the different little events they had going on and the times that day.

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One of the staff very cleverly advised me to take a picture on my phone so I always had the info with. (as by that point my kids were all running off wanting to explore)

They loved town square that has everything in it built to kids size. T particularly enjoyed it in the bank playing on the cash machine making fake money with stamps on paper to spend in the supermarket. (if only it was that easy to make real money).

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The kids loved it there was a Bank, M&S supermarket, Garage, Post office and even a house with kitchen, bathroom and bedroom for them to explore, and everything had been designed for there height and fun.

As you walked round though there where signs explaining how things worked and the science behind solar energy and a toilet flushing etc
The hard part was trying to get them to stay still long enough to read the facts.

There were also sections about the different types of environment, the animals that live there and where stuff like bread, milk, apples and eggs come from.
The whole museum is interactive and there are games to play, sensations to experience and igloos to build 🙂

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On the second floor is more stuff about the different environments and animals that inhabit them. There is also a few sections for under 5’s only so they can have fun while the older kids explore.
We wanted to let E and baby have a play in the desert discovery but it’s was completely packed full of parents and children all wanting to play in such a small space that it became very difficult to move around with 2 little ones. So we moved on but not until we watch some spooky dancing in the town sq at 2pm.

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We enjoyed the little show and then went to my personal favourite section of the whole museum All About Me section. I love this area because it teaches the kids about their bodies and how everyone is different because some are tall, can reach far, jump high or look different. They even had a passport in which they filled in as they walk around testing how far they could step or how tall they were. Unfortunately all the pencils that were at the side of the exhibits were broken, so we couldn’t write down the results.

I loved explaining to my kids how everything in the body’s worked and them being able to see how a baby grows inside it mummy’s belly or how your bones, ears, eyes, nose and taste buds work.
It was great fun and I loved all the new equipment had been updated since the last time we had been.

After a very enjoyable learning experience we made a quick pit stop for bathroom breaks. The toilets were clean and very noticeable. They even had a room for nursing mothers if they choose to use it.

We then made our way back downstairs and went into the enchanted forest. So the kids could dress up, meet some witches, ghost and ghouls plus colour in a mask or listen to the Halloween story.
The staff were dressed up and looked great. They were all so helpful getting the boys into the ghost busters outfits. The ghost even joined in running around the room while T and P tried to capture him.
E didn’t dress up because the witches costume she wanted to wear had been taken by another little girl first, but she was happy to play with a witches broom an watch the boys have fun.

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It very much got me into the Halloween spirit and started off our Halloween half term right

I would defiantly recommend Eureka to all my friends and anyone planning a visit.
The staff are great, really helpful, kind and polite.
The price is reasonable (specially with the year long annual pass)
Events, exhibits and activities are great fun, that really draw kids in.
Is very pram/wheel chair friendly with great amenities.

Unfortunately it gets really busy and some areas get crowded quickly and easily.
The pencils at the exhibits were broken and hadn’t been replace or spare. Meaning we couldn’t take part in that bit of recording fun.
And E was upset at first about the costume until she found the broom.

All in all though the day was great fun and the kids were tired when we got home. (as were we!)

Nikki ❤

Disclaimer…

I was not paid for this review these are my honest opinion of the place and it’s features.

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A timeline of my day!

I am linking up with Emma at outnumbered as part of the #BEDAoutnumbered challenge.

Day 17: Timeline of your day. (In photos, words or both)

My day started at 8am (sorry no picture I’ll save you the nightmares of me when I just woken up with bed hair)
The kids were all excited as we had a fun day planned and T was excited cause it was his day with his dad.
So after breakfast T left with his dad and we got ready to set off. We left at 10.55am and arrived at bus station for 11.15am.

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We set off and arranged to meet a friend in the bus station. After what seemed like forever (nearly an hour on the bus) we arrived in Leeds and then it was a short walk before we were at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds at 12.40pm.

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The kids were super excited. Even more so when P saw the Ironman statue.

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We were given a little booklet that told us when all the demonstrations were on. I noticed that there was one due to start at 1pm, so we went upstarts to go watch before we had lunch.

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So it was time to go home.

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We got a bus to Bradford interchange and then waited for our bus home.

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By which point it had reached 6pm and we where all tired, hungry and the adults needed coffee.

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We finished eating at 7pm and bedtime rolled around. So once the little one were in bed the hubby and I enjoyed a cuddle and a chill watching TV.

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Which leads me to this point.

What did you do today? And was it fun?

Nikki ❤

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