Celebrate Easter At Mead Open Farm From April 8th-22nd | Review

We were gifted with a complimentary family ticket to Mead Open Farm so that we could take part in the Easter activities.

Back in October, we visited Mead Open Farm for their Halloween events and we were very excited to be offered the chance to check out the Easter events they were holding this April between the 8th and the 22nd. Based in Billington near Leighton Buzzard, Mead Open Farm is known as the family farm and always has plenty to see and do. But we were there to check out the new Wizard of Oz Easter event and see some of the cute baby animals that you come to expect at this time of year.

Visiting The Animals

Both the kids absolutely love animals, especially baby animals, so it is little wonder our first stop was to check out all the animals that had recently been born. We also bought some animal feed as we entered the farm which the kids had lots of fun feeding to the animals – Olivia chuckles away when she is feeding them!

It was so amazing to see the newborn lambs and piglets. We actually arrived in the barn just after a lamb had been born and the mother was still expelling all the blood and everything from themselves. Not exactly the most pleasant sight to see, I’ll admit, but seeing a lamb in its first few minutes was pretty incredible! We also watched in awe as the little piglets played together – who knew they could run so fast? They were all playing together and burying themselves with each other in the hay.

Checking Out The New Wizard Oz Easter Event

The new Easter event is based around the Wizard of Oz. You do the walkthrough with a selection of other families and interact with recognisable characters such as Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Lion and even the Wizard of Oz himself!

The walkthrough proved very popular with the group we were with. The children were so excitable and really loved interacting with all of the characters. Olivia especially loved waving and even high fiving some of them – although she was confused by there being a face in a tree! The members of staff all did their job well and managed to keep a straight face despite the children’s jokes and chat.

The Other Easter Activities

There were a number of other activities being held throughout the day for the Easter timetable. As well as the walkthrough, there’s a fab show called The Blizzard of Oz, times on the Sky Trail, Rock Wall, Bunny Hop and Go-Karts. There was a fantastic tractor ride and even the chance to bottle feed older lambs.

There was also a lambing update, pony grooming and a Chicken Chat which we managed to attend. Steve proved to be a bit of a know it all when they asked roughly how many eggs a year a chicken will lay! He actually knew the answer – do you know the answer? The kids loved seeing the rooster and chicken, stroking them and feeding them! I loved interactive activities such as this, getting to know animals a little bit more.

Our Final Thoughts

We had a fantastic day exploring Mead Open Farm and checking out the Easter activities, seeing the beautiful animals. We always love our days out at Mead Open Farm and can’t wait to go again soon. We made sure to get some photos of Olivia with the Easter Bunny and also got a picture of the kids with the ‘I Had A Pigtacular Time At Mead Open Farm’ sign.


We finished off our day with ten minutes in the playground. The playgrounds are extensive with plenty of things for kids of all ages – Jack had fun in the bigger playground whilst Olivia had some fun in the smaller playground. It was a lovely end to our day at the farm.

Have you been doing any Easter activities over the Easter holidays?

What To Do Over A Free Weekend

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Sometimes in life, you may find that you have a weekend coming up that’s completely free. And in such a busy world, when you have that window of freedom, it can feel incredible. But, at the same time, you really won’t always want to sit down and do nothing for two days straight! Sometimes, it’s fun to plan in something spontaneous or fun for you to do. Let’s take a look at a few ideas for you…

  1. Go To Dinner

First of all, why not go out to dinner? Because it’s nice to be able to spend time with your loved one  or friends to just let your hair down and have a bit of fun!

  1. Have A Movie Marathon

Or maybe you do want to actually stay in? Then why not think about having a bit of a movie marathon? Pick a theme, grab some snacks, and just enjoy yourself.

  1. Visit Family

If you’re someone that doesn’t get to see your family all that often, it can be really nice for you to think about heading out and seeing them when you have the time. There’s nothing like arriving for lunch or surprising them when you have a spare day. So this could be really rewarding for you.

  1. Go To A Show

Finally, you might also want to go out and see a show in the West End – especially if you never get to treat yourself to this! So take a look at the below infographic to see which show you might want to see.


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Visiting Paradise Wildlife Park Over The Half Term

We were kindly gifted with a family ticket into the park. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Paradise Wildlife Park is one of our favourite local places to go as a family but we hadn’t been since long before the World of Dinosaurs opened. When offered the chance to review a day out at the park, I just had to say yes to see what had changed and how Olivia reacted now she is a lot older and really into animals.

We decided to visit over half term – with Steve working at the school now and Jack there full time, it had to be a day we could all go so we found a date and headed over. We headed over fairly early and managed to pick a day when it seemed fairly quiet to begin with and steadily built in numbers. I like it when it isn’t too busy earlier on in the day as there isn’t a few people all clamouring to see the same animals.

We headed to see the birds first – they were all incredibly beautiful and Olivia loved waving hi to them all!


Olivia did keep yelling’ammals’ though so we headed through to see the other animals in the park. Olivia got incredibly excited to see all the monkeys, big cats and all the other animals the park had.


Olivia really loved the big cats, roaring and growling as we looked at the lions, tigers and cheetahs among others. Jack loved seeing the monkeys as always, especially the gibbons as they swung from one side to the other on their ropes.


It was so nice to introduce the kids to some animals they may not have necessarily seen before (or don’t remember seeing!). We, of course, had to get the kids to pose by the penguin scale and see which penguin they were most like in size and my son, being the poser he is, couldn’t resist posing with the Halloween decor that was dotted all around the park.Even before you visit the World of Dinosaurs, the park is great fun for the whole family. There are plenty of animals to see, various activities and experiences such as feeding the parakeets at certain points of the day, watching the animals be fed, listening to a person who works there talking about a specific animal. There are numerous places to eat and a variety of slides, swings and other playground equipment for your child to play on, should you wish to take a breather.

The kids were thoroughly entertained and loved seeing all the animals, Olivia especially as animals – all animals – are her new favourite thing. We knew we had to visit World of Dinosaurs before we left and went in with very high expectations, having seen incredibly positive feedback on it all over the internet. We weren’t disappointed. Jack loves dinosaurs as does Steve so I always knew they would enjoy it and whilst I thought Olivia may be a little scared of the dinosaurs, she loved them and relished the opportunities to interact with them – you might even catch her little giggle at the end of our YouTube video at the bottom of the post!

The World of Dinosaurs was absolutely fascinating. The kids were in awe of the different dinosaurs and the movements and sounds they made. It definitely makes a great addition to an already fantastic park and the kids loved taking a slow walk around to look at them all. They also very much enjoyed visiting the dedicated gift shop in the World of Dinosaurs with Olivia coming out with a cuddly dinosaur and Jack getting another toy dinosaur for his collection.

We’ll definitely be visiting again, especially to see the dinosaurs again – we might even take some of Jack’s friends next time!

Before we left, there was just some time for Jack to act like a gorilla and then we headed home, happy after a fun and fab family day out.

We are incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful place so local to us and will definitely be heading here again. Be sure to check out the video below for some snippets of the World of Dinosaurs!

 


Have you ever visited Paradise Wildlife Park?

Enjoy Some Halloween Fun At Freaky Funfest At Mead Open Farm

We were kindly gifted with a free family ticket to attend Freaky Funfest at Mead Open Farm for the purpose of this review.

Running from the 20th of October to the 31st of October, the Freaky Funfest at Mead Open Farm is definitely not to be missed. We headed there last weekend to see what was going on and to have some spooky fun with the kids. We also, of course, had to go and see all of the fab animals – well, it is a farm, after all!

Freaky Funfest is their annual Halloween event which offers six amazing haunted attractions! The NEW Scary Tales, the NEW Tiny Terrors Tractor Ride, NEW Haunted Hotel, Farm Fun, Pumpkin Carving and Indoor Play. With only a few days left, you don’t want to miss it! Prices are £13.95 for adults, £12.95 for children, £13.25 for seniors, £11.95 for disabled + carer and free for under 2’s. A very affordable day out for sure.

Visiting The Animals

Now as you can expect, we had to visit the animals when visiting Mead Open Farm. It was great as Olivia is finally at the age where she is really interested in things and she was so excited seeing all the different animals. She actually learnt the word ‘animal’ whilst we were there and had great fun joining her Daddy and brother in feeding the goats, finding it utterly hilarious as they tickled her hand as they ate all the animal feed up!

Jack has always loved visiting farms – he is a big animal lover and it was so nice to see him and his sister bond over the animals – chatting away about them and him trying to get her to say their names and the noises they make. She was very excited to see the ‘Moo’s!’ as she called them and as a big Peppa Pig fan, loved seeing the pigs and making the noises they make.


As you can see, there are lots of animals to see including bunnies and llamas too (or ‘arma’s’ as Olivia keeps calling them!)

The Halloween Events

Of course, it was important that we checked out the Halloween events so off we trotted to see what they had to offer. Olivia especially liked the Tiny Terrors Tractor Ride where we rode around in the tractor and had to point out the monsters. She really got into the spirit of things, trying to yell MONSTER with everyone else all the time. She really enjoyed the ride which was great to see. She was perhaps a little too young for some of the other Halloween events but she was very brave and barely got scared (although one of the characters did make her jump in Scary Tales!)

Jack loves Halloween but can be a bit of a scaredy cat so there were times when he grabbed me as he was frightened but ultimately enjoyed the experiences – he is someone who enjoys being frightened. A few of the following photos aren’t of the greatest quality as the experiences were pretty dark so I didn’t have the best lighting (and I wasn’t going to use Flash as that would defeat the object of it being dark and scary!)

When it comes to Halloween experiences, you want them to be spooky and scary, make you jump but intrigue you and make you laugh too. Jack and Olivia thoroughly enjoyed all the different things we could do – especially the tunnel that felt like it was rotating, Olivia wanted to go back on it! They really enjoyed squeezing through small spaces and trying to help find missing spiders and go to spooky birthday parties!

The rest of the farm

After being thoroughly spooked out, the time came for us parents to rest whilst the kids had some fun in the fantastic and rather large playground they have by the exit. It was no surprise to see children running about on it – it was a lovely day and there was so much to do in the playground!

We also grabbed a drink each from the restaurant but didn’t grab any food although it all looked delicious and the restaurant seemed very busy!

Overall we had a fantastic time at the Freaky Funfest and definitely think you should check it out if you’re in the area – it is running for another few days until the 31st! Steve and I have even been considering attending the Howl – for adults only!

Have you attended any Halloween events so far this year?

Where The Journey Will Take You

Our day out was kindly sponsored by Britax Römer  as part of their Where The Journey Will Take You Campaign. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Life as a parent can be pretty hectic and we struggle to find the time to get all four of us together in one place to actually spend time together doing fun things. Britax Römer know this. Because of this, Britax Römer is offering its customers a free £30 Britax Römer Mastercard® with every i-Size car seat purchased in-store or online at Mothercare between the 15th of September and the 15th of November. Find out more here.

The card can be used towards fun family days out across the UK, whether it’s a family day at the zoo, a thrill-seeking visit to a theme park or expanding the littles one’s minds at a museum. But where will you spend your Mastercard®?

Knowing that we struggle to find time to spend together, with Steve’s job being strange hours and Jack being at school five days a week and at clubs two days a week, Britax Römer kindly offered to pay for a day out on a rare day that we did manage to get out together! So go out we did.

We are lucky enough to live in a village where we have our local common and we have some fantastic events on there. Just a couple of weeks ago, we had our Classics on the Common and then in November, we’ll have a Firework display and a funfair. This time around, the circus came to town – or rather, village – and Jack was incredibly eager to go!

We chose the Saturday morning showing as we knew it wouldn’t be as busy and would be best suited, not only to our timetables but to little ones of Olivia’s age as well. After paying for the tickets, we had a little money left over which Jack spent on food (typical six year old boy!) and a flashing light thingy – as I expected!

As you might expect from a circus, the acts are very much geared towards a children’s audience so whilst Steve and I expected certain things to happen, Jack and Olivia did not and were thrilled by it all – I turned to Jack at one point and heard him chuckling away heartily at the clowns whereas Olivia was in awe of the trapeze artist, the dancers – and Jack’s spinning light toy! You can see some videos of our day out below:

 

 

My most favourite part of the day (and Steve’s too!) was watching the trapeze artist – she was so graceful and beautiful. Olivia was a big fan of hers too although she liked everyone it seems – high fiving all of them as they said goodbye as we left the Big Top.

Jack absolutely adored every aspect of it – he was in awe at the tricks that some of them did, scared and shocked at the limbo dancers who danced under fire and came very close, fascinated by the trapeze artist and absolutely entertained by the clowns! He left with a very big smile on his face and couldn’t stop talking about it all day afterwards!

If you want to get out and about in the next couple of months on a special day with your family and you’re looking for a new i-Size car seat, then definitely consider taking advantage of this brilliant deal from Britax Römer. They’re keen to get families out and about, spending some time doing fun things together, just like I have. You can find out some more about the campaign here.