Legoland

So to finish the Easter Holidays, we decided to treat pugs to a trip to LEGOLAND. He has been asking to go for three years, so as you can Imagine he was super excited!

So after a trip to Windsor, and a night in Kam’s Place (Air b&b!) which was fantastic we got up early, had our breakfast and took the 5-10 minute drive to LEGOLAND! To say Pugs was excited is an understatement!

Entrance to the park was easy, we had pre-booked our tickets and this made entry much quicker and cheaper. Upon walking into the park we were greeted with an amazing view, we could see an airport in the distance (unsure which one!!) and an amazing view of Windsor and the Castle.

We decided to head to Lego Ninjago the ride, as this ride gets busy and large queues. We saw many models on the way down all made of Lego, and all very impressive. Unfortunately, once we arrived the ride was closed for maintenance , so we headed to the Fire engine ride just around the corner. The idea of this ride is you have two people pumping the fire engine across the track, and once you get to the other end you pump the water to put out the fire. Then you run back to the fire engine and get it back to the start. Mummy and Andy had the joy of doing the hard work , whilst Pugs sat “steering”. There was a race element to this ride against the other fire engines, and it sure was a workout. We had tons of fun on this ride!

We then headed to the driving school. Sadly adults are not allowed on this ride, but the Pugs watched a safety video, then drove around the track, following rules such as roundabouts, traffic lights and pedestrian crossings. He did very well and got a driving license at the end. They get a basic paper one for free- or you can buy a proper one for  £12 , which also comes with  a large photo in a book.

 

Pugs was super excited that he passed his basic driving test, and can not wait until he is 17 to do the next stage!

Finally, Ninjago was open! But not before a trip to the toilet and the drink stand. We bought a refillable drink for £8, as this seemed the best option when single drinks were £2.95. We certainly had our moneys worth and got a cup to keep at the end.

The queue was Ninjago was LONG. I would say we waited at least an hour.

But was it worth it? YES! 3D glasses on and we set off in our little car, where we had to use our hands to fight the Ninjas, with objects flying at us, falling through floors and having hot and cold air blown in our faces. Mummy lost on the scoring system, but still had fun (though the ride photo says differently!) We bought our ride photo in Lego form, which was £25. It is our ride photo printed on some Lego. We were given a receipt and had to collect at the end of the day.

Once we went on Ninjago we headed to Heartlake City as we decided it was time for lunch. Fish and Chips. OK but not the best. I would recommend taking a picnic. There are several picnic areas around the park and it would save you a few bob!

After this we went on Atlantis, a quest into the sea in  submarine. Not along queue about 5 minutes, even though the guide said an hour. This ride was awesome! You go underwater in a submarine. The narrated journey takes you through the ocean, with interactive screens, where through the windows you can see Lego sea life, along with real sea life (sharks, rays, fish etc). At the end the Submarine goes off and the kids have to press all buttons to make it resurface, and the ride is over!

We also went on squid surfer (great fun and really fast!) , Helicopter School and Viking Splash. There are many more rides in the park also, but really two days are needed to get the full experience, as we missed so much stuff!

One area we were super impressed with was the Star Wars zone. This was amazing for any Star Wars fan, and included life size models, famous scenes from movies made from Lego complete with moving bits. We expected to enter a small room, but it was a full walk around attraction and we must have spent close to an hour in there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another great part is the Lego City where several models have been built of famous landmarks around the world. Sadly Pugs was more interested in the rides than this, but the other half had much fun looking around these models whilst we went on a ride close by.  Some of these models were very large and very impressive.

 

Upon exiting LEGOLAND, there are several shops (also shops in different areas of the park and linked to rides). I promised my son one present from LEGOLAND thinking he would want to add to his Lego collection. I was rather surprised at his choice.

The downside of LEGOLAND? Well in my opinion there are two. Firstly a day simply isn’t enough. I would recommend taking advantage of the two day discount to be able to experience the full park. Secondly, parking comes in at £6 and after paying the amounts you do to enter the park, it seems a bit expensive to be paying this on top.

Pugs Rating: One Thousand Times better than the Easter day

Price:  £37- £42 per person (Discount if booked online in advance- also look for vouchers on cereal boxes)

Time Range: 1-2 days

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LEGOLAND Windsor Resort

Winkfield Rd, Windsor

SL4 4AY

Tel: 0871 222 2001

Website: https://www.legoland.co.uk/

 

Lego

We didn’t get much time for activities today as I was working. However after work we had some time for Lego! Lego is such a fantastic toy. A bit on the pricey side, however the list of things you can do and different games you can play is endless, especially when you have as much Lego as we do.

Today, the pugs chose an activity, which  was too build a creation, and then draw what we had built. Obviously, it had to involve competition and a winner had to be chosen. Let me demonstrate with mummy’s not so great creation….

I am definitely not the most creative, and I definitely was not the winner. Pugs came up with much better ideas than mummy, and sadly also better drawings. It was nice to see him do something not YouTube, Sonic or Minecraft based, and he really stuck into the challenge. Here’s a peek at his creations.

   

Why Lego?

There are MANY reasons why Lego is just amazing- here are my top 6 reasons why you should (if you have not already) buy some bricks and get playing!

  1. Lego is an activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Pugs is 5, I am 29 and my other half is 31. We all still love Lego. There are no limits on who can play, making it a great activity for the whole family to enjoy together!
  2. The creations you can create are endless. Lego encourages your child to use their imagination and bring out their creativity. Yes most sets come with instructions, but who’s to say you can’t break it all up and build what you want. You also can buy just blocks rather than sets that build something and these tend to be cheaper. Whilst playing Lego you could be building a space station, and next build a village. It is also great that it does not age, and different sets can be mixed together. Admittedly I need some practice in this area…
  3. Even though Lego can be pricey, you buy it once and that is it. It lasts for years. I have seen many families where Lego has been passed down generations and is still played with to this day. But as mentioned before, it does not stop there, new sets can be bought, and added to create an ever growing collection if desired.
  4. Lego is educational in several ways. When Pugs was younger we used it for colours as well as counting- how many dots are on the pieces. Now he is older we have expanded the maths, and as he is doing division in school we use the blocks to learn how to divide. If we had some Lego Technic (which is something we have not managed to get yet!), this could also teach children very basic robotics!
  5. Lego is accessible to anyone- there is not many people who can’t pick up a brick and stick it to another! Most people can also follow the instructions to build a particular set- the instructions are step by step follow the pictures and very easy to follow! This is good training for a child when they grow up and need to build their Ikea furniture in their first home! Saying that, using your imagination to come up with excellent designs takes a little more practice!
  6. Lego really does bring the family together- well mainly the child and the man in their life, but mothers can get involved too! Being able to buy some Lego and play it as a family is great fun- I remember playing Lego with my mother and father as a child and enjoy doing the same with my son now he is getting more into it.

Our next trip out is to LEGOLAND. Pugs has been asking to go for three years. Now he is older we took the plunge, and decided to take the long and painful trip to LEGOLAND. Watch this space for the upcoming blog!

So guys, get out your Lego and get creative! I would love to see your creations!

 

 

Swillington Organic Farm: This Green Moon Easter Event

What better way to spend Easter day with child than going on an Easter adventure? After much research online of all the tens of events going on in the area, we settled on Swillington Organic farm. Only down the road from us, and close to the M1, Swillington Organic Farm seemed a bargain at £7 per person, complete with a hot chocolate and a marshmallow to toast, and a promised “organic treat” for solving the mystery! Swillington Organic Farm is only approximately 5 miles from our home, and we never knew it was there, so thought this was definitely worth a go!

Swillington Organic Farm is 160 acres and forms part of the Swillington Park Estate. Home to free range and organic animals, Swillington Farm boasts a variety of habitats from woodlands, to marshes to ponds. Only 5 miles from Leeds, and accessible by foot care and train. This Green Moon is right in the heart of an ancient woodland at the farm. A place where adventures take place and a place that can be booked out for Children’s parties and other events!

The advertisement for the event promised “a brilliant day of outdoor fun for all the family. Storytelling, music, crafts and adventure with fine Yorkshire food and a licensed bar”, perfect for child, me and the bar for the other half! Apart from that we didn’t really know what to expect as all we were really told was to ” collect your investigation kit and search high and low for the mysterious carrots of gold. Join the trail, uncover the secrets and solve the puzzle”.

So there it was, we booked our tickets about a week in advance, stuffed our faces with Easter eggs then got on our wellies ready to start our adventure!

So after a short drive down a narrow, dirt track and some time wandering whether we were at the right place, we were greeted by a nice chap, who confirmed that, in fact we were. We parked up and walked up a small track to the “check in” area.

Here we were greeted by another lovely lady, who was sure we had been before. To be honest judging by the staff at the farm, I believe that if we went back- we would be remembered. So after confirming we had paid, we received our pack, which included a journal, a magnifying glass, a pen and a stick on moustache. Sadly the Pug refused to wear this but we took one anyway.

So off we went on our quest to find the Golden Carrots. The journal was filled with clues and different type of activities, some drawing, some finding the letters and some were to look for words or numbers. We were to search for golden carrots in the forest, all numbered and all pointing to the answers. The first ones were relatively easy to find, and saw us drawing mythical creatures and filling in the first missing letters to solve the riddle.

 

 

After some hunting and getting VERY muddy, we arrived at the main arena area. This had various tents dotted around, a pizza stall, bar, some entertainment areas and some further clues. We decided to take this opportunity to take a break and got our free child’s drink, and sat listening to some chap on the guitar singing songs about the noises of animals.

After a short break we continued on our quest- and it got trickier. The next few clues required assistance from staff and other members of the public who were attending, but soon enough we were back on track and back finding the carrots of gold. The final clues took us further into the forest, walking planks to ring bells, finding castles in the sky, using binoculars to look across fields and shouting into a megaphone.

    

  

But we did it! We solved the mystery of the carrots and were directed back to the guitar playing man. After a few more songs, he took us down the path to a bunny rabbit, who thanked us for helping her and gave us all some golden carrot seeds to take home.

  

Back at camp, covered in mud we decided to participate in some of the activities knocking around. We took part in the arts and crafts, where we made a sock grass head, and finished off toasting marshmallows on the campfire.

  

Muddy, tired and all detectived out we wandered back to the car, talking about the adventures of the day. On route back to the car, we stumbled across a grade 2 listed building, with a sign stating that it will be knocked down to make room for the HS2 Rail, such a shame as the area really is beautiful.

Would I return here again? Most definitely. This event was much better planned than I had expected for a local farm, and the thought and effort put into the event was outstanding. The staff at all areas were friendly and happy to help at any time. The experience was truly magical, and one that was enjoyed by the whole family. I can not wait to see what other events This Green Moon brings out during the year and I am even considering contacting them regarding my sons birthday in August!

Pugs Rating: One Thousand Trillion Billion Billon out of Ten.

Price: £7pp.

Time Range: 1-3 hours.

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Swillington Organic Farm Ltd
Registered/Trading Address
Garden Cottage
Coach Road
Swillington
Leeds LS26 8QA
Tel: 0113 2869129

Email: info@swillingtonorganicfarm.co.uk

Website: http://swillingtonorganicfarm.co.uk/thisgreenmoon/