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Our Day Out At KidZania, London

A Couple of weeks ago I drove into London with my friend Claire and her son to visit KidZania which is inside the Westfield shopping centre at White City. I had read so many great reviews about KidZania and what a fantastic day out it is so I couldn’t wait to take the boys but just wanted to wait until Archie was a little bit older to enjoy it all.

We booked online a few days prior to our visit. If you book online earlier you can then print off your ticket or use the QR code on your phone on arrival. For Oscar, Archie and myself it was £62.  Archie cost slightly less as he is under 4. The prices vary depending on which day and time slot you pick. Our slot was booked at 11 and as we arrived we were greeted by a huge British Airways aeroplane and then we had to go the escalators to the departures lounge where the boys got their ID wrist tags were given their 50 KidZos. As Archie is under 4 he wasn’t given any. We also purchased a money holder that goes around your neck so the boys didn’t loose any of their KidZos. This was about £5.

As soon as we walked into the main KidZania town I was completely blown away at how amazing and realistic it looked. When we first got inside it wasn’t too busy so we took the boys straight to the hospital bit where Henry and Oscar performed an operation.

The general idea is to earn more money by doing jobs but you can also pay to learn new skills and take part in different activities. Each child over four years old it’s given 50 KidZos to start with and the aim is to leave with more KidZos than you started with and then you can spend them in the shop on the way out. As Archie is under 4 he didn’t get any KidZos and could only take part in certain things. In hindsight as he is nearly 4 I should have said he was 4 and paid the higher price as he could have easily joined in with all the activities the older boys did. On a few occasions he got upset that he couldn’t join it which was hard to explain to him.

There is a younger area upstairs for the under 4’s which wasn’t great to be honest. Downstairs there is the Supermarket which Archie could shop in. He loved the Supermarket where he filled his trolley and then paid for his shopping.

We then went upstairs and the boys learnt to become pilots in the British Airways flight school and then also became members of the BA cabin crew. It was nice that we got asked to go and actually be passengers on the plane.

We then headed to the Cadbury factory which you have to pay with your KidZos to take part. Oscar kindly gave Archie some KidZos so he could take part too. They got to learn how to make chocolate and at the end was given a voucher to exchange for a chocolate bar when we left.

We then went to the storage company and the boys were given 3 boxes and a checklist of locations where the parcels needed to be delivered around the KidZania town. The lady kindly gave Archie a jacket too so he could join in.

At lunchtime we headed to the Gourmet Burger Kitchen restaurant. For Henry and Oscar we paid £4 each and they actually got to make their own burger in the kitchen whilst we ordered our own food and sat outside and ate it. It was great that we could get a nice meal for lunch without actually leaving KidZania itself and having to go back into the main shopping centre. Within KidZania there are a few different places to eat.

We then headed to the fire station and the boys got to wear a fireman outfit and then go off in the fire engine and put out a fire. The burning hotel looked so realistic and the boys had a great time. Henry and Oscar kindly gave Archie enough KidZos so he could take part as well. He loved going in the fire engine.

As the afternoon went on the queues to take part in each activity got bigger and bigger and I said to the boys we will return when they have a day off when other schools don’t as I’m sure it would be much quieter and less queues. This meant we didn’t actually manage to get to go on everything today. By the end of the afternoon we were queuing about twenty minutes on each activity.

Upstairs the boys then earned money by being window cleaners. Once again Archie joined in with this activity.

The boys had an absolutely fantastic day out and in all the places we have visited for a day out with the kids this is 100% one of the best. It is well worth the money and we spent 5 hours there and had a fun filled day out. Parking in the shopping centre only cost £8 for the whole time too which wasn’t bad considering we were in London. We can’t wait to go back!

Our Trip To Alton Towers & Stay At The Enchanted Village

Last Sunday after Oscar’s football match we got in the car and drove the two and a half hour drive to Alton Towers. The boys had no idea where we were going, we just told them we were going somewhere and staying away for the night. They were so constantly asking where we were going the whole way there and when we finally drove into the park and noticed the ‘Alton Towers’ sign they were so excited! We followed the signs to the Enchanted Village parking and headed to the reception to check in. Check in was really quick and then we walked to our Woodland Lodge.

The Woodland Lodges are really cute and the Enchanted Village really does look magical. Our Lodge had two bedrooms and a bathroom and everything you needed for a comfortable nights stay. We chucked our bags in to the lodge and headed to the Extraordinary mini golf course and played 9 holes. Oscar managed to get a hole in one on the first hole! It was great fun. We then walked to the monorail station and took the short ride to the theme park.

As it was already around 3pm we decided to head straight to CBeebies Land. Archie’s face was a picture when he saw the rides with all his favourite TV programmes on. We went on the Postman Pat ride, the In The Night Garden Magical Boat Ride and on the Get Set Go Tree Top Adventure. It started to rain so we walked back to the Monorail to head back to our lodge. As it was 5pm and the monorail is also used to get back to the car parks as well as the hotels the queue was massive. We had to wait around 45 minutes to catch the monorail. By the time we got to the other end it was tipping down, we ran the usual 5 minute walk back to the lodge and got absolutely soaked.

Back at the lodge we showered and got ready to go to dinner. I booked the Secret Garden restaurant a few days before our stay as the restaurants get booked up really quickly. We walked to the Alton Towers Main Hotel where the restaurant was. The food was really nice and the staff were really friendly. Oscar and Archie loved the ice cream factory where they got to make their own ice creams covered in sauce and sweets. Dinner for the four of us with drinks was around £50.

If you are staying on the resort there is entertainment in the evenings (check the entertainment board and your hotel reception for details). After dinner we caught ten minutes of the entertainment before getting an early night ready for a full day in the park the next day.

Day 2

We headed to the Crooked Spoon for breakfast at 8.45am, again I booked our breakfast before we arrived. The breakfast was really good and then we checked out and out the bags in the car and then walked to the monorail station as with our stay we have early access into the park. We got the monorail at 9.30am and again the queue was absolutely huge so we decided to walk to the park instead of wait. The walk took about 15 minutes. When we got to the park we headed to CBeebies land to finish off the rides. We went on the Go Jetters ride and the Octonauts rollercoaster. We found that as Archie is 0.9m he could go on a lot of rides in the park throughout the day.

We then walked to the Katanga Canyon and went on the Runaway Mine Train and the Congo River Rapids. Both of these Archie could go on too. He loved the the Runaway Mine Train it was really fast, I was so surprised as I thought he wouldn’t like it. Oscar loved the fast rides and was even tall enough to go on the Wicker Man but when he saw how big it was decided to save it until next time (phew!) We headed into the Haunted House instead which was an interactive game where you have to shoot the Zombies.

We headed to the Rollercoaster Restaurant for lunch as I left it too late to book it for dinner for the night before. It is an absolute must, the experience is great fun. You order your meal and drinks and they get delivered to your table on the rollercoaster. The boys loved it, it really is a great restaurant. For the four of us to eat it was about £60 but worth it just for the experience.

We took the Cable Car ride back to Mutiny Bay and went on the rides there and got soaked on the Battle Galleons. Then we went to Cloud Cuckoo Land. After grabbing a drink at one of the many Costa’s at about 3pm we got the monorail back to the car park and started our journey home.

We had a great stay at Alton Towers and would really recommend it. The Woodland Lodges are lovely and the restaurants were great too.

A stay at one of the Woodland Lodges which includes breakfast, 2 days in the Theme park, early access into the park on Day 2, free car parking, evening entertainment and 9 holes of the Extraordinary Golf costs around £277. You can also add a waterpark ticket at the Splash Landings hotel for a day who around £50 for four people.

Below our two videos I made of our days at Alton Towers…..

Oscar’s 8th Birthday

Last week Oscar was 8! I don’t know how it is possible, the years have just flown by, its so scary. We had such a fun jam packed week and I always love to make such a big deal out of the boys birthdays! After all they are only little for short amount of time.

Last Wednesday we kicked off his birthday with a surprise trip to the theatre to see the Lion King. he was so excited when we arrived outside as he has wanted to see it for ages. the show was absolutely amazing, the best I have ever been too. The costumes were out of this World. We were also really lucky to book amazing isle seats, five rows back from the stage. Our view was amazing.

Thursday morning Oscar ran into our room so excited for his birthday! We went downstairs for breakfast and so that he could open his presents and cards. This year he asked for a hover board with the go kart extension kit which is absolutely amazing and I love going on it too. He also got Minecraft Lego and some Nintendo Switch games.

After school we went to Prezzo for dinner as it’s Oscar’s favourite restaurant with my Brother and our friends.

On Saturday we had his party with his friends at Hollywood Bowl in Watford. We’ve never had a bowling party before and as it’s something both the boys love, so we thought it would be a good idea. I was actually quite surprised at how reasonably priced it is compared to some of the other parties we’ve had over the years. 23 children to bowl and eat it was about £260. He had great fun and he was so lucky to get so many lovely gifts.

We did tell Oscar last year that that was the last ‘big’ party he would have and we would take a few friends out and then do something special like go to the theatre but somehow he’s managed to wangle a party and the Lion King!

On Sunday afternoon we then had all the family over for tea and cake. We had a lovely Minecraft cake from Wenzels which tasted amazing! Oscar loved getting everyone on the hover board!

Oscar has had an amazing birthday! The countdown is on until mine now next week, where I will turn 30!

The New Summer Piccolo Menu At Pizza Express

Yesterday we went to the Pizza Express in Watford for lunch. We had been to this particular Pizza Express countless times and have always had a great experience. We had been asked to see what we thought of the New Summer Piccolo Menu At Pizza Express, we knew it would be lovely as the boys love it there! When we arrived we were given a spacious table and the menus to browse through. They have a new Summer Piccolo Children’s menu and activity packs. Oscar is seven and always likes an activity pack in a restaurant with different puzzles, word searches and colouring on them and Archie being two loves drawing all over it and the activity packs keeps them both entertained until their lunch arrives.

The new Piccolo menu has lots of choice and you get three courses, a drink and a bambinoccino with the dessert for only £6.95. The starter is baked dough balls with cucumber and fresh, red baby plum tomatoes. For mains there are three different pasta dishes to choose from,  four different types of pizza and new on the Summer menu is a Pollo salad. For dessert as I mentioned a bambinoccino is included and there is four yummy desserts to choose from.


Oscar always has the same he loves the penne Bolognese and Archie had the Margherita pizza. The portions are perfectly sized, obviously Archie always leaves a bit as he is only two but Oscar as a growing seven year old finishes the bowl of Bolognese completely. I had my all time favourite a salad nicoise. I love the Pizza Express salad dressing, thankfully you can buy it at the supermarket and I use it all the time at home. They finished their lunch off with vanilla ice-cream with a cone and chocolate sauce which also comes with a Bambinoccino.

As well as the fun-filled activity packs, with each child getting their very own chef’s hat and stickers too, Pizza Express are encouraging children aged 6-12 to unleash their creativity and be as imaginative as possible in their Dough Ball Adventure writing competition. All they have to do is submit an exciting Dough Ball adventure story (up to 200 words) via the Pizza Express website for the chance to have their stories being made into animations, as well as win weekly adventure prize. Plus one lucky winner will win an adventure holiday. Such a fantastic competition and educational too! Oscar has already started writing his dough ball story about them going on holiday to visit their family in Italy.

The staff in the Watford branch were really lovely as always and even though they were super busy we didn’t have to wait for a table and our food came nice and quickly. We will be back many times over the Summer holidays! For a great priced, relaxing lunch head to Pizza Express with the kids this Summer! And don’t forget to enter the competition!


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