Category: Out and About

Are Zoos Cruel or Beneficial | Idealism in an Unidealistic World!

Are zoos cruel or beneficial? I’m sure this is a question that has passed through your mind many times as a parent.  Deciding if you should or shouldn’t visit a zoo with the kids. It is certainly a controversial subject, and I’m sure there isn’t a right or wrong answer. In an idealistic world, there would be no zoos. However, sadly today, there is a need to step in. Gone are the days when zoos are just an attraction for human entertainment. Species are now at risk of extinction. This is where zoos, in an unidealistic world can provide a safe haven. I’m not writing this post to convince you that Zoos are great. I believe every zoo could benefit from some improvement. However, hopefully I can provide you with some information, to make up your own mind to the question; Are zoos are cruel or beneficial?

 

Are Zoos Cruel or Beneficial

 

I have an MSc in Conservation Science, I’m not an expert but I have been taught a lot about the work Zoos undertake.… Read More

Breakfast with the Elves: Fort Fun!

Christmas family days out sussex breakfast with elves fort fun Eastbourne

 

Fort Fun is Eastbourne’s best adventure park  bursting with so many different activities from indoor soft play, a massive outdoor adventure play area, bouncy pillows, American golf and much much more! This Christmas Fort Fun has introduced ‘Breakfast with the Elves’. Every Saturday and Sunday in December leading up to Christmas, from 9 am you can enjoy a buffet style breakfast of pastries and cereals followed by a traditional English breakfast. All while the North pole Elves make sure you have an enjoyable and magical experience! I jumped at the chance when I was asked if we would like to pop down one morning to see what was on offer. It was just up Finlay’s street and I have loved Fort Fun Since I was a little girl myself!

 

Christmas family days out sussex breakfast with elves fort fun Eastbourne

 

We arrived just after 9 am and we were greeted by the friendly staff. Then one by one Santa’s Elves appeared to greet us.… Read More

Tulleys Christmas Experience | The best Festive Family Day out!

For the second year in a row, Tulleys Christmas Experience has blown us away! Tulleys Farm is situated in Crawley, West Sussex and is renowned worldwide for unique experiences for families, adults and groups. The Tulleys Christmas Experience is set within the beautiful woodland grounds of Tulleys Farm. You and your family can enjoy a magical and unique Christmas experience where there is something for everyone to enjoy. We visited in December 2017, with the lovely Beth, from A Blonde and a Baby and her lovely little family. This is an overview of what was on offer in 2017.

 

Tulleys Christmas Experience

 

Tulleys Christmas Experience 2017

 

 

We booked our tickets well in advance online. I’m guessing you can buy your tickets on the day in person but the chances are the sleigh rides (you choose your time slot) may be sold out. They were quite limited already when we booked back in October!… Read More

Drusillas Park: No Ordinary Family day out!

Drusillas Zoo review: Family day out in Sussex

 

Regarded as one of the best attractions in Sussex, Drusillas Park is a small zoo in Alfriston, East Sussex. I have very fond memories of visiting Drusillas as a little girl and I was so excited to be given the opportunity to pop down and review the park recently with the family. Do not be fooled by the mention of small, as a visit to Drusillas will provide an action packed family day out like no other! As well as the zoo, the park boasts a huge adventure playground complete with splash pad (for those warmer months!), farm animals, Petworld, an interactive maze, indoor soft play, rides and much more. Read on for our review and to find out why Drusillas really is no ordinary Zoo!

 

The Zoo

The route through the zoo is well marked and easy to follow to ensure you don’t miss anything!  With over 100 different species of animals, there’s plenty of exciting things to see to keep the little ones entertained.… Read More

Monkey Bizness: Soft Play Review

Monkey Bizness Soft Play review

Monkey Bizness is a huge indoor soft play warehouse catering for young babies to younger teens. There are 4 locations across the country: Gosport, Hull, Lewes and Sheffield.

Locally to us is Monkey Bizness: Lewes. Although not on our doorstep, we are more than happy to travel the half hour car journey. Although some of our towns soft play areas are great, the sheer size of Monkey Bizness puts it ahead of its competitors. Especially if you’re after making a half day or day of it.

Opening times

  • Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm
  • Saturday – Sunday 10am – 5pm

Prices

Prices can vary depending on whether the days is classed as Peak. So check on the website. However, the general prices are:

  • Under 1’s: Free – peak and off-peak
  • 1 – 3 yrs: £5.25/£6.25
  • 4 – 12 yrs: £6.25/£7.25
  • Adults and 13 yrs+: £1.25/£1.25

Monkey Bizness also offer quite a few deals such as during term time 1 adult and 1 child can get in for £4.00.… Read More

Rainy Days, Muddy Puddles and Ideas to Inspire!

 Rainy Day Ideas and Activities for Children

 

We knew it was coming, it had been forecast, but waking up to the rain and grey skies was a tad gloomy. Especially after the glorious sunshine of the past few days. Apparently in the south we were hotter than Thailand, and it was glorious!

 

Rainy days come with mixed emotions in our house. I love the sunshine, the long days of summer. Chris on the other hand, can’t wait for autumn and the cozy storms it brings. Finlay, well come rain or shine he loves being out. However, he especially loves a play in the rain. He’s a typical boy as soon as there’s a puddle, he is in it. So when I asked him if he wanted to go out and splash in some puddles, I got a massive yes and he kissed my knee and said “THANK YOU MUMMY”!! He was happy. However, I know venturing out in the rain isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so I thought I would share some of our other rainy day activities to inspire you.… Read More