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.

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#Project365 – Week 8

This week has been half term, so we have been trying our best to get out and have fun.

Day 46

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I decided to show off my Valentine day inspired nails. It was my first attempt at using the nail stickers from avon and I was really impressed with how well I did.

Day 47

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T and E looking pleased and ready for some hot chocolate. Yum!

Day 48

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We met up with my sister for a day out. I loved this picture of all kids running through the water fountain.

Day 49

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I put E’s Doc Mcstuffins clinic tent in living room because it was raining. The kids loved it and okay end nicely for hours. They even had a picnic style tea in there. They loved it’s!

Day 50

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The hubby and kids being funny as we wait for bus home in the interchange.

Day 51

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Doing our version of ” The Railway Children” by waving at the trains as they pass by on they level crossing. The kids love it because the train conductors will beep their horns and wave back. So do some of the passengers.
It also a lovely walk that I’m going to put up on the blog.

Where your lot on half term this week?
What did you get up?

I can’t wait to see

Nikki x

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Snow

From the first snow flake that falls I am a massive child. I just totally adore Snow. It makes everything look clean, it makes the nights so much brighter and it makes even the most hideous places look like a magical wonderland because it hide the rubbish and junk under a nice thick blanket of snow.

But most importantly I love to go out into the snow and play with my kids. I love building snowmen, doing snow angels and having snowball fights.

So this year when it we got our first lot of snow the excitement started to build as I came up with loads of ideas for myself and kids to do. Unfortunately that excitement was very short lived when the snow didn’t settle or we didn’t get enough snow. But then the weather forecasted days of snow. I thought to myself “This is going to be the snow I can play out and finally build a snow man!” I was wrong and the snow was turning to slush almost as quick as it was settling.
I was disappointed and scared that we were going to have another year with no snowmen ⛄️.
Then last night it as the snow began to fall. I was filled with the same giddy excitement I am every time it snows. Almost as bad as a child on Christmas morning, jumping and dancing around. Just itching to open they’re present.

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The fore cast was for nearly 24 hours of snow. I couldn’t believe it but I also tried my best not to get my hopes up too much in case it was wrong or it all turned to slush before I got up.

Again I was so very wrong and this morning I woke you to a magical winter wonderland in my garden that would give the movies a run for there money.

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It was beautiful. My most favourite thing about when it snows is how fresh and crisp the air smells. It is like all the pollution is sucked out of the air and its is clean. (I know it isn’t but just for a little while everything seems clean)

Sadly this morning the schools were still open. So the kids couldn’t have a snow day 😔. I was a little gutted for them because snow days are them most amazing things ever for kids, but after having a few difficult nights with both E and Baby keeping me up all night. The kids going to school was welcomed as it meant I could have an hour to do nothing while Baby napped an rest were at school.
I made up for it when I went to pick E up from nursery, by taking the sledge.

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I picked E up on here own and she loved me running through the snow as she screamed “faster” and “again”. Turn when she had enough of being pulled she took a turn at pulling her snowballs she was collecting to take home. It was one of the cutest things I have ever seen.
Once we made it home I decide that before we wet in to get warm I would give Baby her first ride on the sledge. She loved it even if E nearly pushed her out of it at the end! (I caught her before she face planted in snow)

After we had finished sledging I let Baby have her first big of contact with snow and I let her crawl around and have some freedom while E and I built a snowman.

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E loved every second of it and so did Baby. She only started getting fussy has we put the head on the snowman. The rest of the time did had sat and kick, touches and played with the snow. Soon as we got the head on I call time and said we would all take a break to get warm bad finish the snow man after. E was happy with this and we went in for lunch.

After we all had full bellies and were warm through. It was time for Baby’s nap. So while she snoozed E and I added the finishing touches to our snowman. It was still snowing, and it had already started to fill up the gap where we used the snow for the snowman.
The snow was so thick that the idea of trying to push a pram through it to do school run, was a no go. Thankfully my mum and dad were happy to walk up and collect the kids. They even picked up E and the sled to meet pick them up.

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This was great because it meant I could chill out and relax for a bit. It also meant there would be enough snow to build snowmen with the boys and A when they got home from school.
The boys were eager to start building as soon as they got home, so we got right on with it. I helped P build his, While T wanted to do his all on his own and E danced about between the two.
I was amazed at how quickly we managed to get the snowmen up. Within a matter of minutes they were built and the kids were do happy with them. T’s took a little bit longer to build but he was adamant he could do his alone.
I must say he did a good job and we actually managed to get them all built and finished in 15 minutes. The bad side to this was because we were all done and inside before A came home. So the idea of going back outside in the cold wasn’t very appealing.

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Luckily A was understanding and was happy to wait. Which also meant we had chance to let more snow settle. Just before we had our tea A and I went out into the garden and got to work with building a snowman. Again it took hardly any time at all.
By the time we had finished my garden was looking like something out of a Dr Who episode. We had 4 snowmen and if we really wanted to we could make more.

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It really was a great day and it is one of the reason I love snow. But I know not everybody does and to some a snow day is the there idea of hell.
So where do you sit, do you love snow or hate it?

Nikki x

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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Awesome

In the words of the Lego movie

EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!

This is my word of the week which has been graciously chosen by my boys. (their not lego mad I swear *looks shifty*)

I have to kind of agree with them though because this week have been busy and I have been trying my best to make sure we have been out of house and as busy as humanly possible.

After my post last week about boredom. I made a serious effort to go out with kids starting with a teddy bears picnic at a park near by with the local SureStart group.
I wasn’t able to get pictures 😦
Saturday was a cold, cloudy day but we had to leave the house for the boys swimming lessons. (for some crazy reason I thought 8am swimming lessons were a good idea on a Saturday morning. I was wrong!)
After the lessons we had to go back through the town centre to get bus home and I remember they were holding an annual car show.
The kids loved looking at all cars, getting their faces painted and going on the climbing wall (which was all my favourite price FREE!)

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Sunday T went to see his day so the younger 3, hubby and I went on a day out to Royal Armouries and had a great day out as the pictures on my post will show.
Monday we went to see my 2 sisters and 4 nephews with my mum at a breeze event and then we chilled out had ice cream and played on the inflatables.

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Tuesday was the most fun thought because we went on a coach trip to Scarborough with the local SureStart. It was great (even though the weather wasn’t great at first) we played on beach, went on a pirate ship, went to the fun fair, on Ferris wheel and had donkey rides 🙂

IMG_1136.JPG it was pure family awesomeness 🙂 the kids loved it and I enjoyed spending the time with them. (the hubby had to work so it was just me and kids) They loved it too even if P wasn’t handling the coach journey very well.

Wednesday we didn’t do much because I had my dentist appointment to finally sort out my painful, broken tooth 🙂
I was so happy when it when I left the dentist even though she had just told me that I was being referred to hospital to give my wisdom teeth taken out (they are just causing too many problems) and the fact that my face was numbed up and felt huge, because I wasn’t in pain anymore and once they were out I wouldn’t be again.

Thursday the kids had their dentist appointment and I was proud because T had a baby tooth pulled out because his adult tooth was growing off yo the side of it but the baby tooth washing coming lose. He was so brave and was super excited about the tooth fairy. (which he swears he saw leaving his bedroom last night and has been telling his brothers and sisters all about her today)

So yes that’s my week leading to today. It’s been great and full of smiles, gun and awesomeness 🙂

What’s your week been like?
And what’s your word?

Nikki ❤

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