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Shrek’s Adventure London Review

Yesterday we went into London as we were invited to the Shrek’s Adventure London DreamWorks tour and to get up close to a ‘real’ Nadder baby dragon from ‘How To Train A Dragon’. We have been on the tour once before a couple years ago when Archie was only small and Greg was at work that day, so we were looking forward to a fun family day out.

Luckily the weather was beautiful yesterday and it was lovely and sunny walking across the millenium Bridge to walk down the South Bank past the London Eye to the Shrek Adventure entrance. We collected our tickets then had a short queue to the lift. Once upstairs you walk down a hallway with Shrek themed stained glass windows. There is a small shop where you can purchase snacks and Shrek themed light up ears (you can also drop any pushchairs off here too) before starting your tour.

We had our photo taken with Donkey  (one of you will be given a wrist band with a serial number on it so that you can see all your photos at the end). We then we to the departure lounge where we were greeted with a very enthusiastic and fun tour guide who went through a quick safety briefing and led us to the magical red bus station. We met Princess Fiona and then boarded the magical bus with our 4D glasses. We drove/flew with Toothless the Dragon, Kung Fu Panda and the plane from Madagascar. But as we reached Far Far Away with Donkey’s dodgy driving we were surrounded by Rumplestiltskin’ witches and as we landed killed his favourite Witch! oops!

We then met Cinderella who told us we needed to find Shrek, quick. We then walked through the forest to the fortune-teller, Esmeralda who told us we needed to get three ingredients to make a magical portal spell to get us home.

We walked through the forest to the poison apple pub where we were greeted by a Cinderella’s Ugly Sister where we got the hair of a hero from puss in boots. We then walked to go and play a game of ‘the wheel of torture’ where we had to answer three questions to save Pinocchio. We then rewired the torturer’s brain to become our friend and he gave us our second ingredient, the conscience of a boy.

We then went through a mirrored maze to reach Sleeping Beauty on Drury Lane. Gingy then opened the door for us to the Muffin Man’s bakery so that we could mix up our potion. We needed one last ingredient, the scent of an ogre. Everyone knows that Ogres smell like onions, so after Donkey dropped on off we added it to the potion. Oscar was asked to put it in the cauldron. We said the magic word ‘Waffle’ and then entered the magical portal to return home. But disaster happens, Rumplestiltskin had tampered with the portal and we had been captured my the Witches and found ourselves locked in prison. But don’t worry Shrek isn’t far behind and comes and saves us! We are finally back home in Far Far Away.

After the tour is finished you can sometimes have a photo with the bag ogre himself but this wasn’t available when we had finished. Here is a photo from when we visited in 2016.

You then get to meet all your favourite DreamWork’s characters and have photos with them.

New to Shrek’s Adventure for the Easter Holidays (Friday 30th March – Sunday 15th April 2018) you can head to the Isle of Berk and meet one of the baby Nadder Dragons that have just hatched out of its egg. You can have a photo with the little dragon and purchase it at the end. Are you brave enough to venture close enough?

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We had a fantastic time at the Shrek’s Adventure Experience. The boys loved it as it is a fun interactive tour that really gets the children involved. I would definitely recommend going as its a really fun family day out. If you purchase your tickets online before you visit you can save up to 30%. You can also purchase a Merlin Annual Pass which from £139 per person which gives you unlimited access to 32 magical attractions! As you are right by the London Aquarium and the Coca Cola London Eye you can buy tickets to be able to visit both/all three attractions at a reduced price which must be used within 90 days. You can also combine your ticket with Madame Tussauds and the London Dungeon helping you to save a lot of money!

I was only saying to Greg today that now Archie is old enough to enjoy all of these wonderful days outs we should invest in Merlin Annual Passes, especially as we take the boys to Legoland and all the time. Especially with the 32 places you can visit with it.

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*This post is in collaboration with Shrek’s Adventure. We were given free entry to the experience. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. We had a fantastic day!

#Blogmas Day 10: A Snowy Sunday & Our Top Family Christmas Movies

Today we woke up to lots of snow! The boys were so excited, especially Archie as he has never played in snow before as the last time it snowed he was so young! As they were so eager to get outside they ate all of their breakfast up as quick as possible and then got wrapped up warm to go outside.

Today was meant to be our God Daughters christening but it had to be postponed due to the snow and the road conditions. So we spent the day playing in the garden, sledging and building a snowman.

As we couldn’t go anywhere we decided to get cosy in the lounge by the fire and watch a Christmas Film. We have watched a few over the last week or so and today watched Jingle All The Way which we loved. There are so many great Christmas classics here are a few of our favourites:

Jingle All The Way

Home Alone (1 & 2)

Santa Claus The Movie – My all time favourite!

Miracle on 34th Street

The Grinch (although Oscar hates it!)

The Snowman

Elf

Arthur Christmas

Frozen

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Oscar has gone to bed pretty excited as we had an email from his school and tomorrow he has a snow day which means more fun in the garden, hot chocolate and movies! If you have any other top Christmas movies let me know as we love a Christmas film!

Merry Christmas!

#Blogmas Day 8: The Stick Man Live Review

Yesterday we went into London with a few of Archie’s friends and their Mummy’s to see The Stick Man Live at Leicester Square Theatre. We took the train as we thought the boys would enjoy it, but I wish now that we had driven. Getting around on the London Underground with pushchair’s is a mission, one that I will never do again! Also on the way home we were evacuated off of our train as there was an issue with a vulnerable lady trying to jump off the platform at the next station and we ended up having to get a cab the rest of the way home!

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Anyway rant about trains over we arrived at the theatre and were given our tickets which were front row seats. My friend kindly brought Archie a stick man cuddly toy which he absolutely loves and they sell them for £10 each. We then brought some popcorn, grabbed a booster seat and sat in our seats ready for the show.

What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man: a dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him, and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree?

We booked the 11am show which was a good time rather than lunch time when the kids would have been hungry. We also got an absolute bargain with tickets only costing £23 in total for Archie and I.

From the minute the show started Archie was completely engrossed, dancing along to all of the songs and having so much fun. There are only three people in the show and its amazing how they can pull off such a fantastic show between the three of them and not that many props. It really was an amazing show!

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The actors also interacted with the children, throwing a beach ball into the crowd, which Archie caught and threw back to them. It was really good.

The show runs for 55 minutes, which is perfect and not to long that the children get fidgety. Afterwards the cast kindly had a photo with Archie and his friends.

The show was absolutely fantastic and if your little one is a fan of The Stick Man then this stage show is a must!

The next shows are:

  • 18 – 24 DEC MILTON KEYNES The Stables
  • 26 DEC – 12 JAN BIRMINGHAM Town Hall

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Merry Christmas!

Our Morning At The PJ Masks Halloween Party

We had such an exciting morning yesterday I drove the boys into London to the Picturehouse Central in Piccadilly for a PJ Masks Halloween Party. Oscar and Archie dressed as Catboy and both watch the show so they were very excited.


When we arrived we went into a room full of PJ Masks themed activities. The boys made their own masks on the craft table, Oscar had his face painted, had balloon swords made and got to play with the new range of PJ Masks toys which are all on Archie’s Christmas list. He kept picking up all of the toys and saying “me home”. He wasn’t very happy when we had to leave them in the room. We then got to meet Catboy, Gecko and Owlette. All of the children’s faces were a picture as they were all so excited to meet their favourite TV heroes.



The children also got to take part in a Diddi Dance class which was great fun who are now in partnership with PJ Mask’s and are holding a Super Dance Party in all of their classes across the UK from Monday 30th October to Sunday 5th November to raise funds for the Youth Sport Trust  which is a national children’s charity dedicated to transforming the lives of children and young people through the power of sport and physical activity. For more
information about how you can take part, head over to:

https://www.diddidance.com/pj-masks-super-dance-party

We then went into the cinema and got a sneak preview of two brand new unseen episodes and the trailer from the new series. With fantastic new adventures and exciting new characters this is set to be an amazing series. You can catch the brand-new episodes on Disney Junior every day at 5.45pm and on Wednesdays throughout November and December! Don not miss it! I’ve already set up my series link on record!


There is also a range of fantastic new PJ Masks products are launching at retailers nationwide and will be in stores ready for Christmas. The boys were so lucky to receive a ginormous bag of PJ Mask’s goodies with some of the new merchandise inside and a PJ Mask’s balloon sticking out of the top.


They each were given a PJ Masks Twist Top Bottle which is RRP £4.49. A copy of the PJ Masks Magazine, which is a monthly magazine which is £2.99 with bumper issues at £3.99. A copy of the PJ Mask’s 2018 annual which is RRP £7.99. I used to love getting an annual at Christmas! A PJ Masks Time to Be a Hero Fleece Blanket which is RRP £9.99 and is super soft and snuggly. The PJ Masks: Time to Be a Hero DVD which will have already watched three times! It is RRP £9.99 and would make a perfect stocking filler. PJ Mask’s box of puzzles which are 3+ and perfect for Archie as he is really into puzzles at the moment. The box which contains four puzzles is only RRP £5.99.


Much to Archie’s excitement they were each given a PJ Masks Vehicle & Figure Assist Pack and got the Catboy version so he was very pleased to have his own PJ Mask’s toy. The rest he will have to wait for Christmas to get. The pack is RRP £13.99 with five different ones to collect.


Also in the goodie bag was an Owlette PJ Masks Bean Plush toy. It is the perfect size to cuddle in bed and also fit in a bag to take around with you. Characters available include the fast and agile Cat Boy, the high flying hero Owlette, the super climber with super strength Gekko, and villains Luna Girl and Romeo. They are RRP £8.99 each.

Last but not least was a PJ Masks Blind Bag. These are great at only RRP £2.69 they are nice little treats and each bag containing a surprise character. You can collect all the characters in the PJ Masks world and look out for the ultra rare character!


Everything is available at all major retailers and online on Amazon.

Like I said we had the most fantastic day and the boys absolutely loved it! We can’t wait to see the rest of the new series! Thank you PJ Mask’s!

Peppa Pig’s My First Cinema Experience Out Now On DVD & Digital Download

When we went to see Peppa Pig’s My First Cinema Experience it really was Archie’s first cinema experience at the Vue cinema in Watford. Archie loves Peppa Pig and whenever the TV is on Archie always asks for ‘Peppa’. Oscar loved Peppa when he was younger too but Archie is obsessed! As soon as I saw it advertised I knew we had to take him!

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So you can imagine the excitement on his little face when a huge bundle of Peppa Pig goodies were delivered so that we could have our very own Peppa Pig’s My First Cinema Experience party in our own home as it is now available on DVD & Digital Download. Sky also have a buy and keep service so you can download it straight away and it’s saved on your box and then they also send you out the DVD in the post.


Take part in one whole hour of fun, featuring nine brand new episodes of
Peppa Pig. Join Peppa on her first ever trip to London, as she visits The Queen
and splashes in some London puddles. Other adventures include an Australian
holiday to visit Peppa’s old friend Kylie Kangaroo, a trip to the Zoo, an
encounter with the Police, a new music lesson and sailing on a canal boat with
Captain Daddy Dog!

In between the episodes there is lots of interactive fun which will get your little ones up out of their seat as they dance and sing along to the songs! Daisy, George and Peppa’s friend interacts with the children, asking them questions and plays hide and seek and Archie shouts at the television to show her where the hidden objects are. They also sing along to one of Archie’s all time favourites, the ‘Wheels on the Bus’ and famous ‘The Muddy Puddles Song’.


Archie was so lucky to be sent such a HUGE bundle of Peppa Pig goodies which included some muddy puddles biscuit which he ate out of his new china Peppa bowl whilst he watched the DVD drinking a carton of Peppa juice. Snuggled under his George fleece blanket with his George cushion. We were also sent some fantastic Peppa party ware to make our DVD party extra special which I will be getting more of for Archie’s 3rd birthday in a couple of months.


He loves his special personalised Peppa Penwizard party book and we had lots of fun colouring and sticking his stickers in the afternoon. Archie as you well know isn’t the best sleeper so I am hoping his new Peppa Inflatable nightlight will help him see when it is time to wake up.


The DVD would make the perfect stocking filler for any little Peppa fan and I love how the DVD isn’t just Archie watching the television he really gets into the interactive parts dancing and singing all around the playroom.


You can order the DVD on Amazon for only £8 or download it through the App Store for £9.99.

Disclaimer: We were sent the above mentioned DVD and goodies but all opinions are honest and my own.

The Lego Batman Movie Premiere

Last Saturday Oscar and I were lucky enough to be invited to The Lego Batman Movie Premiere at the Imax cinema in Leicester Square. I brought Oscar a Lego Batman T-shirt and a special torch figure and surprised him with where we were going. He was SO excited and the whole way in to London was smiling from ear to ear.

We parked in London and walked around to Leicester Square and got our special VIP ticket and Oscar met some of the Lego Batman characters; Batman himself and Batgirl. When we got inside we had an hour of Lego themed fun in the foyer and the excitement in the room was immense, not only from the children but us adults too.


Oscar and I had a photo together on the green screen, built lego models, snacked on lego themed biscuits and had the most amazing Batman and Batgirl caricatures drawn of us which are fantastic and have pride of place in Oscar’s bedroom.


We were then told to take our seats. As we walked into the cinema I have never seen a screen so big, it is absolutely huge! We met Emma (www.methemanandthebaby.co.uk) and Jim (www.onedadoneblog.com) in the foyer who were very excited as they are Lego fanatics and we all sat together. I also met Danielle (blogbybaby.com) and her lovely son who knows more about Lego than anyone I have ever met!

The Movie

The Lego Batman Movie is absolutely fantastic. As well as entertaining the kids it had jokes throughout for the adults and was funny from start to finish. The story of the film was great too. It is great fun and tells the story of how Batman doesn’t do relationships after his parents died when he was a child and he has been brought up by Alfred the butler. Joker wants to be his most hated villain but when Batman announces he isn’t bothered by him in their first battle Joker seems upset that ‘there is no him and Batman’ and conjures a plan on how to get Batman’s attention.

On top of this the new police commissioner is appointed, Barbara Gordon and she announces her new plans to work with Batman as he’s not really needed or actually that successful at defeating crime as Gotham City is still the most crime-ridden city in the World. A stunned Batman cannot believe his ears and inadvertently adopted a orphan called Dick when he wasn’t paying any attention to what he was talking to him about.

Dick then arrives at Wayne Manor who at first is a hinderance to Batman and tells Alfred to send him back but when he needs to go and steal the phantom gun from Superman’s Ice Palace to send the Joker to the Phantom Zone, where criminals are locked away in the sky outside of the Gotham City Law he realises the Dick can help him as he is much smaller and nimble.

Dick chooses his very own superhero outfit and suddenly Robin is born! Batman sends Joker to the Phantom Zone but it was Joker’s plan all along who then released all the the criminals back down to Gotham City to prove to Batman he is the greatest and most feared villain. Barbara Gordon the police commissioner becomes Batgirl, with Dick as Robin and even Alfred in full superhero attire they begin to fight back together, proving that Batman can have relationships and doesn’t have to work alone.


Batman tricks them all and tries to go back to fight alone but ends up in the Phantom Zone himself. He comes back to Gotham City on the promise to return all of the criminals back to the Phantom Zone. He works in a team, not alone and saves Gotham City! At the end of the film he admits to the Joker, that he hates him and they have a ‘moment’ between them which is funny!

The film is really good and has something in it for the whole family. There is humour throughout and both Oscar and I really enjoyed it. In fact he is going again so Daddy can watch it with him too.

After the movie we went to Planet Hollywood for a Lego themed lunch where the kids had great fun building their new minifigures and they were each given a huge goodie bag. We had a lovely time and Norton PR put on a fantastic lunch for us!

With the release of the new film there are some fantastic new Lego Batman sets available as well as other great merchandise.

The Lego Batman Movie is released in UK cinemas on 10 February.

We attended the Lego Batman Movie Premiere as a VIP guest and were given tickets and Oscar was given a goodie bag. All opinions of the film are honest and my own and it is fantastic. Don’t miss it!

The New Teletubbies Magazine Review

Two of Archie’s favourite things are reading books with Oscar and the Teletubbies that he watches religiously every morning before breakfast. So when we were asked to review the new Teletubbies magazine it was perfect for Archie.

When I gave it to Archie he immediately said ‘Eh-Oh’ and ‘Happy happy happy’ which is his new favourite saying! We sat at his little table and went through the magazine. It is full with fun and educational activities to keep your little toddler entertained for hours and with help your little one develop the early years skills they need. The magazine also came with a free Laa-Laa bedtime set which Archie put with his other Teletubbie toys. Archie is quite particular with his toys, just like Oscar was and when the Teletubbies come on the TV he always gets out all his toys around him.

Here is a short video to show you what Archie thought.

The magazine is jam packed full of activities from dot to dot, counting and a counting chart, colouring, stories, stickers, a dancing game and so much more. What I thought was a great touch is that the stickers are huge which are perfect for Archie’s small podgy little fingers and they didn’t just rip when he pulled them off the page which was great. Ripped stickers can lead to the nightmare of all meltdowns with a 21 month old!

Overall I am really impressed with the Teletubbies magazine and at only £2.99 for so many activities and a toy I think it is great value and will continue buying it for Archie as he has really enjoyed the first issue. 10 out of 10 from us!

Disclaimer: We were sent the Teletubbies magazine for the purpose of this review, but all opinions are honest and my own (and Archie’s).

Thomas & Friends Start Your Engines DVD #TeamThomas

We are one of the lucky few that are in #TeamThomas and have sent the brand new Thomas & Friends Start Your Engines DVD which has never been seen before on TV and is due to be released on the . The DVD has six jam packed full of fun episodes all with a racing theme which Oscar loved. He loves anything to do with racing so this DVD went down a treat! Oscar also loved the mini games in between the episodes.


 The DVD has 6 new episodes, 4 bonus features and 2 new sing-along-songs which Oscar and Archie loved. Archie especially loved the sing-along-songs and bopped to the music. Oscar was very much team blue rather than team red, this is because he loves Thomas and also because he is a Chelsea fan 🙂 The DVD is great and a fantastic taster of the new Thomas film ‘The Great Race’ which is released at the end of the month. We can’t wait to go and see it!


You can also get involved with your little ones and join in with all the fun with #TeamThomas on the Facebook page and try and win some fantastic prizes!

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Snoopy & Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie Review

When we were given a code to download the soon to be released on DVD and Digital HD Download and Blu-Ray Snoopy & Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie, Oscar was really excited. It will be available from Monday the 30th of May. Oscar and Daddy actually watched the film in the cinema last Summer when we were in Toronto, Canada and he absolutely loved it!

The film has all of the famous Peanuts characters in that I for one watched and loved as a child. You have Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved PEANUTS Gang making their feature film debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. I absolutely love watching old characters that I watched as a child come to life in 3D for Oscar and Archie to enjoy now and afterwards we can talk about what it was like when I watched it when I was their age.

Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. It teaches children that even if you are the underdog you can still achieve whatever you want. This is a great message to young children. Oscar often says to me that he can’t do something, or he isn’t good enough at a certain game or sport and I always tell him he can do whatever he wants to do if puts his mind to it and it really comes across in the film.

The film itself is refreshing to watch and perfect for cuddles on sofa on movie night on the tv or iPad and Oscar has also downloaded it on to my iPhone and has watched it quite a few times since we downloaded it over the weekend. It really is a lovely film and in HD the quality of the picture is amazing. Listening to Oscar giggle throughout is very sweet and it really is a film that you just smile throughout watching. I felt like a kid again and love anything that takes me back to my childhood.

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You can watch the film trailer below and get a snippet of how fantastic the film really is!

The Snoopy & Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie is available in all good DVD stores and online from Monday 30th May on digital download, Blu-ray and DVD priced around £9.99.

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Review and Competition – Cbeebies Sweet Dreams With Squidge Soft Toy

Recently we were sent a Cbeebies Sweet Dreams With Squidge from Golden Bear Toys. If you watch Cbeebies with your little ones like I do you will know who Squidge is as it is a permanent fixture on the channel. Golden Bear have a lovely Cbeebies Bugs range that includes the Cbeebies Sweet Dreams With Squidge,  a bedtime matching bugs game and a Cbeebies Toppling Bugbies tower game.

We are CBeebies fans in our house and for Archie’s birthday I made and sent in a birthday card which they showed on the birthday show. I also did this for Oscar on his first birthday.

The Cbeebies Sweet Dreams With Squidge is a sweet squidgy yellow bug that has a bedtime attached to him and plays the sweet dreams song and glows different colours to give off a light show. You simply press the star on Squidge and the Cbeebies sweet dreams song will play. Archie and Oscar like to watch In The Night Garden and then listen to the sweet dreams bedtime song and Oscar recognised the tune when he pressed the star on Squidge straight away.


The Squidge is the perfect size for your little ones to rest their head on and then listen to the peaceful tune, which is perfect for calm down time before bed. It is suitable for children aged 10 months plus so would make a great first birthday gift. Archie has watched how Oscar presses the star to activate the music and lights and tries so hard to copy him and do it himself. He really likes him and during the day crawls over to him and rests his head on him, it is very sweet.

The Cbeebies Sweet Dreams With Squidge has an RRP of £19.99 but is available at Amazon at the moment for only £9.99.

I also have a Cbeebies Sweet Dreams With Squidge for one of my readers to win. Enter below and good luck!

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