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Our Day Out At Paw Patrol Live

Yesterday we went to the SSE Wembley Arena in London to watch Paw Patrol Live. Oscar has loved Paw Patrol since it first aired on Nickelodeon a few years ago. He has every toy available and when we went to Canada a few years ago, as it’s a Canadian show we managed to yet lots of toys that have never been available here in the UK. On his sixth birthday he had a Paw Patrol themed party as well. Archie over the last six months has really got into it too and both the boys were so excited when a parcel came for them a few weeks ago full of Paw Patrol goodies and a VIP invite to the show. Archie was also very excited as it’s the first time he has been on a train as I usually drive into London.


We arrived at the arena at midday and went for a VIP Paw Patrol themed lunch complete with balloon making, face painting, a yummy lunch with Paw Patrol cookies and slush drinks. We had great fun and we saw some familiar faces which was nice and then headed down to the arena to get ready for the show. The boys were also each given another Paw Patrol goodie bag each with a mask, wrist band and fuzzy felt. Archie loves fuzzy felt!


We dropped off the pushchair to the designated area (I would recommend leaving some time to do this as the queue was quite long) and headed our seats. Our seats were fantastic, right near the front and the boys had an excellent view. When the show started all the children around us were dancing as the theme tune played and when the pups came out there was cheers of excitement. The costumes were amazing, sometimes when a TV show goes on the stage it can be completely different, Paw Patrol was spot on and was just like watching the show on TV they were that realistic.


When Mayor Goodway and Chickaletta cannot run the Great Adventure Bay Race due to a sprained ankle the pups come to the rescue. Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye and Everest race against Mayor Humdinger to get the three clues hidden around adventure bay to make it back to the finish line before the sun sets. The sets are fantastic and the pups adventure leads them to The Lookout, Seal Island, Farmer Yumi’s Farm and Jake’s Mountain. All around Adventure Bay.


At the end of the show the Pup’s win the race and then sing their victory song. All the children got up and ran to the front and were dancing by the stage and in the aisles. We have been to lots of children’s shows over the years but Paw Patrol Live is by far the best and we had so much fun!


After the show the boys were lucky enough to go up on stage and meet Skye, Ryder and Chase and have a photo taken. Oscar looked really chuffed and couldn’t believe he was standing on the stage at the SSE arena!


The show is still on at the SSE Wembley Arena  today and tomorrow and is not to be missed. The rest of the tour dates are below. Tickets range from £16.80 – £39.20.

Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham – August 9th

Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham – August 12th and 13th

Echo Arena, Liverpool – August 16th and 17th

Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle – August 19th

First Direct Arena, Leeds – August 23rd

Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff – August 26th and 27th


Disclaimer: We were gifted tickets to attend the show but opinions are totally honest and my own! We loved it! It’s Pawsome!

Our Day At Legoland To See The New LEGO Scooby Doo Blowout Beach Bash Movie

Yesterday we were invited to Legoland Windsor for the screening of the new Lego Movie; Scooby Doo Blowout Beach Bash. It is the brand new film from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment and is available on DVD and to download now.


Once we got to Legoland we headed to the 4D cinema in the imagiantion centre and sat down to watch the film. The cinema there is great, it’s really laid back and it didn’t matter if Archie wandered around a bit. Oscar always loves the Lego films and the computer animation is just brilliant. They get it right every time! The Scooby Doo Blowout Beach Bash is a fun, comical and spooky film where Scooby-Doo and his pals Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy are on their way to have fun at the annual Blowout Beach party. It is three days of fun, dancing, singing, partying and food. Once they arrive at their hotel they realise the whole town is deserted and soon learn from the hotel owners that the ghost pirates have scared all the partying teens away. So now there three-day break has turned into a mystery solving break instead, much to Scooby and Shaggy’s disappointment. So it’s up to Scooby and the gang to solve the mystery and get the party back up and running. Obviously with a few twists and turns on the way! I won’t let on anymore as I don’t want to ruin it for you. The Blu-Ray DVD is £7.99 and to download on Sky Store to rent in HD is £5.49, or buy and keep is £13.99. We already downloaded it as soon as we got home as Oscar wanted to watch it again!

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After the viewing we then went off around the park to go on the rides. We had fast track passes which was absolutely fantastic as we got to go on all the rides we wanted to without queuing once. In the future we decided we will always purchase these as it makes the day so much more enjoyable without queuing for ages with excitable children! We have been to Legoland lots of times but this was the first time that Archie (now 2) was tall enough to go on most of the rides and he really enjoyed himself.

We followed the map, until I realised there was an app to download which was much easier to use and check off which rides we had been on. Firstly we went on Sky Rider, Archie got so excited waving at everybody as we travelled 20 feet above everyone. You get a great view of the whole of Legoland. Then the space tower  by the imagination centre.


We made our way down to Duplo Valley which is fantastic for the younger children. If the weather is nice there is a fantastic splash park ‘Splash Safari’, some children were on it and were having a great time. In Duplo Valley we went on fairy tale brook, raft river racers and the Duplo valley airport. There is also a fantastic playground, Brickville soft play area and the Duplo theatre where they put on puppet shows.


We then walked to Lego City, where Oscar went on the driving school, we all went on coastguard HQ, balloon school and the fire academy. Archie was just a little to young to go on the L-Drivers but when he is three he can go on it.


We then ventured down to adventure land where we went on the Atlantis submarine voyage. It’s a really good ride and both the boys loved being ‘under the sea’ searching for the ancient ruins whilst lots of different fishes and sharks passed us by. Afterwards you walk out through a little aquarium.


We the went at got some lunch at the Pirate’s burger kitchen. There are lots of different places to eat around the park, four quick service restaurants like the one we went to, two A la carte restaurants, two buffet restaurants, three grab and go restaurants and then plenty of snack and coffee shops. There are also lots of picnic areas if you want to bring your own food with you.


After lunch we stayed in Pirate Falls and Oscar panned for gold and got a medal. Oscar and Daddy then went on the Pirate Falls: Treasure Quest log flume, they got absolutely soaked! I had to buy the photo as Oscar’s face is absolutely hilarious. When they got off the ride they were literally dripping wet. For £2 you can use the drying machine which warmed them up and dried them off a bit. I was glad I had to skip that ride and wait with Archie!


As they were already soaked we walked to the Land of the Vikings and they went on the Viking’s river splash. They didn’t actually get that wet and Oscar loved this ride.


Oscar had been desperate to visit the Ninjago World which is new for 2017 since it had opened. When we got there the Ninjago building is really impressive. All four of us could go on this ride and you wear 4D glasses and it is a 4D interactive game where all of your ninja skills will be put to the test as you battle through ice, wind and fire with the Ninjago heroes. It got a bet competitive (haha) and of course I won with a score of 134,750. I was absolutely knackered afterwards as you are constantly jabbing for about three minutes!


We then went on the Heartlake City Express train where I got soaked this time, I sat on the wrong side of the carriage! I will know for next time! We then watched the Lego Friends to the rescue show as we had an ice-cream before we looked around miniland then made our way home.


We had an absolutely fantastic day and we can’t wait to go back!

My Lego Batman Movie Favourite Merchandise

After going to the Lego Batman Movie premiere a couple of weeks ago and only one more sleep until it is released in the cinemas here in the U.K. (eek! and yes we will be going to see it again) I thought I would share with you some of My Lego Batman Movie Favourite Merchandise to go with the film.


Obviously there are the Lego sets and Oscar has been so lucky and has been given the Joker Balloon Escape set (70900) and The Batmobile (70905) which he is in the middle of building but the rest of the sets available have ended up on his birthday list as it’s less than 2 weeks away! Our review will go live over the next few days…

The sets themselves are amazing and we are also collecting the Lego Batman mini figures which are only £2.99 and literally every evening after school he sits building and playing with them. I also brought a huge blue Lego storage brick from John Lewis which is just fantastic. It is massive and can hold his Lego and keep his models safe too away from Archie trying to get at them. We have also brought him the Batcave Break In Set (70909) for his birthday but sssh don’t tell him!

The Lego Batman Movie Minifigure clock by Clic Time are great and Oscar has the Batman edition and it also comes in Robin, Batgirl, The Joker and Harley Quinn. Oscar keeps his near his bed and we have set the daily alarm for 7am but you can activate the snooze function by pushing down on the figures head. It also has a backlight function so Oscar can check the time in the dark. Also in the collection are matching watches which would make great gift and at the moment if you buy a lego clock and watch bundle you can save up to 20%!

LEGO Batman Movie Robin Minifigure ClockLEGO Batman Movie Batgirl Minifigure ClockLEGO Batman Movie The Joker Minifigure ClockLEGO Batman Movie Harley Quinn Minifigure Clock

        LEGO Batman Movie Batman Minifigure Link Watch LEGO Batman Movie Batgirl Minifigure Link WatchLEGO Batman Movie Robin Minifigure Link WatchLEGO Batman Movie The Joker Minifigure Link Watch

The party range from Amscan UK is going to be very popular this year. Once your kids watch the film they will be Lego Batman obsessed like Oscar and will want a matching themed party. With foil balloons, birthday cards and invitations, table cloths, plates, cups, napkins and much more they have everything to throw the perfect Lego Batman party.

LEGO Batman Cubez Foil Balloons G40 - 5 PC   LEGO Batman Movie Paper Plates 18cm - 6 PKG/8LEGO Batman Movie Luncheon Napkins 33cm - 6 PKG/16LEGO Batman Movie Paper Treat/Ice Cream Cups 251ml - 6 PKG/8

Now Oscar is almost 7 he is really into his books and his reading has come on so much in the last year. When we went to the premiere he was given ‘Batman’s Guide To Being Cool‘ by Scholastic which he has really enjoyed reading and is a fun manual to discover your inner cool. It is a fun and light hearted read with lots of nice pictures. I have brought an extra copy for his friend who’s birthday party is next week. We were also given the ‘Lego Batman Movie Ultimate Movie Guide’ by DK Books where inside you can find all the pictures and information on the respective Lego sets and mini figures and everything you need to know about the movie and all of the characters.


I also brought Oscar the Lego Batman torch and matching key ring which he has attached to his school bag and a t-shirt from Next which he wore to watch the movie.

We loved the movie and we love the lego sets and everything that Lego Batman related! The movie is a must see so don’t miss it. You can read my full movie review HERE.

C & G’s Sound Of Happy Song!

A few weeks ago Archie and I went into London on a top secret day of fun to be one of the first people to listen to the song from C&G baby club #SoundofHappy campaign! We arrived at the location and with a few other babies/toddlers we went into a room and listened to a song written by songwriter Imogen, who was also there and watched the babies’ reactions to a happy and uplifting piece of music. Archie dances all the time as soon as any music comes on he is up and jigging along to it, so he loved it.

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So C&G baby club’s aim is to make babies happy and their research so far has shown that babies laugh at a lot at different noises; being with siblings, the sound of laughter, the sound of daddy’s voice, the ice cream van, blowing raspberries and the sound of peekaboo all make the little ones beam from ear to ear! Laughter is definitely infectious and when one little one starts to giggle they are usually all off. 

Working alongside top psychologists, a team of mums and babies and a high-profile singer/songwriter, C&G baby club has created the World’s first song made from sounds and melodies that will make babies giggle and fill them with joy! Happy days. A thousand British parents have helped C&G baby club create an extraordinary, groundbreaking new song called The Happy Song – the first scientifically tested song created to make babies happy. 

Mums and dads across the UK were asked to the name the noises that make their little ones cheerful so they could be added to the track, which is released today on Spotify and SoundCloud. Top sounds include sneezing (51%), animal sounds (23%) and baby laughter (28%), which are all featured in the song that was created by C&G baby club, leading child and music psychologists and Grammy award-winning musician Imogen Heap. Baby laughter certainly sets off Archie, its infectious!

C&G baby club launch The Happy Song

The song itself has a lovely tune and the words are really catchy. Archie really enjoyed listening to it as you can see from the video. The children got to then listen to the song as a group and play with musical instruments as well. I love these sort of musical activities as they are really positive and make the children really come out of themselves and have a wiggle and a dance.

The song, designed to encourage happiness and laughter for babies aged 6 – 24 months was played to and tested on 56 infants, monitoring their reactions to see whether it worked. Remarkably, the cheerful two minute long tune amazed researchers when it brought smiles of delight, laughter and happiness to the little ones. The specially formulated testing process involving parents, Imogen and Goldsmith University psychologists Caspar Addyman and Lauren Stewart first started with mums and dads uploading sounds that made their little ones laugh to the C&G baby club page. Imogen took these sounds sent in by UK Mums and Dads, along with some previous scientific research and hypotheses from the psychologists, and worked her musical magic to produce four short tracks that explored different tempos, chord ranges and patterns, pitches, rhythms, performance cues and musical devices.

‘The Happy Song’ is now available at: www.soundofhappy.com

Here are the lovely lyrics;

Bring bring on the bicycle

Beep beep in the car

Ping ping a submarine

Phew phew helicopter

A choo choo train an aeroplane

Or whee down the slide

I just adore & adore you every day more

Wherever we are

So up in the sky

And deep in the ocean

Through valleys and hills

Away we go

Bring bring on the bicycle

Beep beep in the car

Ping ping a submarine

Phew phew helicopter

A choo choo train an aeroplane

A rocket to the stars!

There’s a dance dance dance going on in my heart

Wherever we are

So up in the sky

And deep in the ocean

Through valleys and hills

Away we go

You oo oo little monkey who’s staying up late

Who purrs like a cat when they get their own way

Who then turns into a lion and let’s out a

ROAR!!!

I love love love you every day more

Whatever’s in store

Wooo up in the sky

And deep in the ocean

Through valleys and hills

Away we go

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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).

Oscar Loves The New Disney Life App

Last week I downloaded the Disney Life App for Oscar on to his Ipad and also onto my phone too. When we were asked to review the new App that is full to the brim of Disney films, music, books, apps and more I knew Oscar would love it. We are big Disney films in our house and have a vast collection of the films on DVD.

Disney Life is a subscription service that is available to download from the Disney Life website, the app store or google play for only £9.99 a month. If you download the app and sign up now you can get one months free trail. You can also watch Disney Life on your TV via AirPlay with Apple TV and Chromecast.


So  downloaded the app which took about 20 seconds and then after signing up Oscar chose Donald Duck as his log in character and we were away. There is literally every Disney film on the app, all of the sound track CDs, apps where you can download one free one every month and books too. I have brought and downloaded Disney films on to Oscar’s Ipad before but they take up so much memory but now with the Disney Life app Oscar has every Disney film at his finger tips to watch, it is much easier! I have also downloaded the app on my phone as when we were out with Oscar’s grandparents at the weekend he wanted to show them all of his ‘new’ films.

Oscar has found the app very child friendly and easy to use. Having his own profile tailors his viewing preferences which makes it easy to find the sort of films he likes to watch quicker. He is more into the Lion King than Disney Princess films, so they come up first. You can make up to six Disney profiles which is perfect so we can have one each. The app is also divided in to different categories: Character worlds, Animated favourites, Junior Boxsets, Novelisations, Mini movies, Soundtracks, TV shorts, Classics, Family Movie and Hit artists which makes it easy for Oscar to navigate and scroll around.


He really enjoys reading the books with us and La Luna has become a favourite at bedtime!

 

Oscar especially likes finding out all about his favourite characters from the films and really gets your little ones imaginations running wild. Oscar believes that the Disney characters are real and all live in Disney World and he is so excited to go there in a few years when Archie is old enough to enjoy it too.


Most parents are cautious of their children using tablets and smart phones and Disney Life have thought about this too adding parental controls so that you can set a time limit on your children’s profiles for weekdays and weekends. Genius!


To sum up I think the Disney Life App is well worth the £9.99 a month subscription fee and has so much to offer. I especially loved finding Disney films like ‘Flubber’ for Oscar to watch as I loved it as a child and it is great that we now have more than 300 movies to go through and Oscar can watch our old favourites too. This is a must have app for all Disney fans out there and as I mentioned earlier has saved me so much memory on my Ipad as I don’t have to download whole movies on to it now as our Disney Life App has every movie stored in to it. Happy days!

 

Disclosure: I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Network Research Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity.