If you are anywhere near Barnsley in South Yorkshire, why not take the kids to Cannon Hall Farm. We had such a great family day out. There's so much for the kids to do, and you can easily spend all day there.Read More
It was a bit of a girly weekend when my mum Elaine and I took my daughter Amber to Chessington World of Adventures.
We had a fun-filled couple of days at the theme park in its 25th anniversary year. They have a great new stage show, Madagascar Live!
We were lucky enough to be among the first to see it.
If, like us, you love the Madagascar films you will enjoy seeing the characters and joining in the fun with Alex, Gloria, Mort and the penguins. You can pose for photos too, as did Amber, eight, with her favourite King Julien.
We stayed in the safari-themed hotel only a few strides away.
It is a great base from which to explore the Park, zoo and Sea Life Centre.
Now we know the answer to: “What’s better than spending a day at Chessington?
It’s: “Spending two days there.”
For a fun family day out visit: www.chessington.com.
Stuck for somewhere to take the kids this October half-term holiday? Why not visit the Eureka! museum in Halifax, West Yorkshire.
When I say museum, this isn't a place that you have to look but don't touch, this is a hands on interactive museum that we spent hours in!
Everything at Eureka! has been designed to inspire children to find out about themselves and the world around them through 100s of hands-on exhibits.
They are just putting the fiendish finishing touches to their haunting Halloween programme for October half-term, so keep checking for the latest updates on their wicked week of tricks and treats for all the family.
We had a great time. Our daughter Amber loved the different galleries. The Me & My Body gallery where she learned about how the body works. She especially liked putting the bean bag into the mouth and watching what happens to it.
Lots of sights, sounds and smells! She went on the special bike to see a moving skeleton appear! She enjoyed measuring all of our stretch, reach and stride. We all had a go. There's something for everyone.
The Town Square at Eureka! is really well done, it's so cute! It provides a wonderful opportunity for role play - a small world for small people!
Children can explore the world of work as they become cashiers, postal workers and mechanics or try out some everyday grown up tasks such as writing cheques, going shopping and making lunch.
There is even a gallery for under 5s. Baby Jacob was quite happy playing in the Baby Oasis.
Amber really enjoyed the Soundspace where you can make music and use the sliders to change the music and lighting.
There really is so much to see and do that I can't mention them all!
There is a large cafe if you get peckish or they have a picnic area if you want to bring your own. The large car park is very nearby.
During the half-term week visitors can enjoy a Spooktacular Halloween.
Wandering through the galleries, children can watch out for scary characters including the Banshee, Medusa, Vampires and Grave Robbers.
After surviving the murky swamps, the daring explorers can investigate the wreckage of cursed ship the 'Black Light' in search of treasure and delve into its disgusting barrels. To help them on their quest they can confuse the spooks by Mummifying their Mummies and making new pirates out of discarded bones.
Buy your tickets anytime before the day of your visit and jump the queue. See the website for details www.eureka.org.uk During the holidays the museum is open everyday from 10am to 5pm. Admission prices are: * Adults: £9.95 Children age 3+ : £9.95 Toddlers age 1-2: £3.45 Babies age 0-11 months: free.
*Prices correct at the time of writing this blog.