I’ve not actually had a proper chance to sit down and tell you about that yet though, the school holidays are proving rather difficult to get anything done on time, that’s no excuse though. So finally I am about to tell you of what has so far been the BEST
bloggers event I have attended (and there have been a few over the past 3 years – including that private lunch I had with Tamzin Outhwaite
We started our day off at Hamleys
toy store, I’m not even going to tell you how amazing that place is as I’m sure you already know – it’s a place I’ve been to many times and somewhere I avoid taking the children, not because I’m mean, it’s because my purse couldn’t cope! I want everything let alone the children, but this visit was different – it was closed. We had a private tour of a closed toy store, for 2 whole hours.
The children could play with the toys, they had a go on the Nerf wall, chased around the ring master, watched a puppet show and even tried to juggle. We learnt of some of the stores history and the toy history too. Kids let loose in a closed and empty toy store – it was like a dream come true for all – including the parents! They were then let loose on the pick n mix (and the adults too) before leaving.
From there we went to Planet Hollywood
for lunch. A section had been allocated for us all and we had a dedicated menu for our party. We all settled very quickly and ordered our meals – the children could choose from the kids menus (their menus had colouring pages to entertain them – Emmy was pleased as she loves to colour) and Emmy decided she wanted a Burger and Chips. I’m always very vary when she does this as although she does like Burgers, she only really eats the thin and over processed ones from a certain take away, she is a rather fussy eater, preferring plain foods such as plain spaghetti or plain pasta with cheese. For this reason I ordered myself a pasta dish – Blackened Chicken Penne Pasta, my thoughts were that Emmy could eat the pasta if she changed her mind.
Considering the size of our party our party, our food was served pretty quickly. Mine arrived before Emmy’s and she started digging into the pasta – I had to pick the sweet red peppers, mushrooms and chicken off of the bits she wanted to eat but she really enjoyed it and for once didn’t seem to mind there was a cream sauce on it. When her Burger arrived she wasn’t keen to try it – it just goes to prove Mummy knows best.
We were entertained during the meal by the onscreen messages and music and at one point the CCTV was hijacked and aimed our way so we could all wave and be silly and see ourselves on the TV screen – the kids loved this much more than the adults who were seen adjusting our clothing and sorting our hair after being caught in a down pour!
After lunch we headed off to Ripley’s Believe it or Not!
– en-route the heavens opened and we were all drenched though but what’s a little (A LOT) of rain amongst friends?
I had no expectations before we went and wasn’t sure what Emmy would make of it (she is 4 and a half) – We had a guide who talked to us about some of the displays and unexpected artefacts.
Ripley’s is a place to find the weird, wonderful and bizarre in all its forms under one roof from the worlds tallest man and the worlds heaviest man, there is a full sized Ferrari which has been knitted using 12 miles of yarn, and even a scale model of Tower Bridge made entirely from matchsticks – 264345 matchsticks were used!
There is a canvas picture of Katherine -the Dutchess of Cambridge which has been painted in one of the most unique ways I’ve ever heard of – the artist wore lipstick and then kissed the canvas, repeating this process over and over again until an amazing piece of artwork had been created.
Emmy wasn’t keen on the Amazonian Shrunken Heads and wasn’t too keen on me trying to tell her about some of the displays – however she toured in her own way – probably the best way for someone of her age – she went up to all the displays which interested her, all the colourful ones, ones she could touch, feel and interact with.
She LOVED the interactive graffiti wall – this is a huge computer screen which the children could spray paint on with a spray can – the spray can acts like the mouse would on a computer which you use to direct your graffiti onto the wall. All the children loved this and it’s the stillest and most patient I have seen a group of children as they queued for there 1 minute with the spray can.
The Marvellous Mirror Maze was both wonderful and scary at the same time – for this you wear disposable gloves and head into the darkened maze full of mirrors – the mirrors are floor to ceiling in length and the whole maze is dark except for strips of red lights on the floor – this obviously makes finding your way through the maze very hard. There are twists and turns everywhere, dead ends and false turns hindering your path. I have never been in a maze of mirrors and had thought how hard can it be to find your way out – well the answer to that is very hard! I’m slightly claustrophobic so after more than 10 minutes of Emmy leading the way, feeling our way by touching the mirrors we both started to panic a little – she wasn’t too keen from the off and firmly held my hand. We made it out with a huge sigh of relief and when a staff member asked Emmy if she wanted to go again she legged it in the opposite direction, and I can’t say I blame her. It was fun but once was enough.
The sights inside Ripley’s are amazing – the hours and hours spent making and creating some of the art work is immense – there are pictures make entirely from flattened bottle caps, and others from gob stoppers.
It is well worth a visit if you are heading into London, I NEED to head back again as Emmy was tired by the end of the day and we didn’t manage to see everything we wanted to. You are however very lucky as I have a family ticket to Ripley’s to giveaway.
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Disclaimer: We were treated to this awesome day out courtesy of Ripley’s Believe it or Not! We have not been compensated in any other way to write this post. All thoughts and opinions are our own