Last month we headed for the museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, somewhere we haven’t been before however fully intend to visit again very soon.
Only half hour train journey away this is a fun way to spend an afternoon.
What did we see of the museum? Nothing….we were far too busy which is why we will be going back.
What we did instead was pack a room full of sweets and children and let them have lots of fun, and fun was had by all.
We were invited by Swizzels Matlow
the well know sweet brand, known for their old time favourites such as Drumsticks, Love Hearts, Refreshers and Double Lollies to name but a few. We were there to try out Squashies, the new range of sweets which sees our childhood favourites make into squishy squashy sweets, and enjoy them we all did. A great time was had by all at a fabulous 80’s themed children’s tea party.
We, I mean the children enjoyed pass the parcel, musical statues, whats the time Mr Wolf as well as face painting, loved the freedom of helping themselves to as many sweets as they liked and making new friends as well as catching up with old ones too.
Emmy couldn’t wait to see her very close friend Lily-Sue (Hart of the Munchkin Patch
) and soon made friends with Alison and Beth (Tired Mummy of Two
) while Mummy chatted with their Mummies and met with the lovely Sarah (Boo Roo and Tigger Too)
and was amazed at how calm and collected Alex (Daddacool)
was surrounded by his brood.
While the children played and were brilliantly entertained we were given a talk about the history of Swizzler Matlow. I was amazed to find out the have been around since 1928 and originated in London before relocating to Derbyshire during the Blitz.
As you can see there wasn’t a lack of sweeties and at one point for the safety of my waistline I had to remove myself from next to the sweet table, stupidly I decided this was a great time to get down of the floor and play with Emmy on the beanbags – bad move! This is when she decided to pin me down and rub her face paint all over my face, much to the amusement of everyone else, and as Laura kindly added a pic of the carnage to Twitter I thought I may aswell add above to my pictures.
We had a great time and really liked the new Squashies sweeties – they come in four flavours: Double Lollies, Drumsticks, Love Hearts and Refreshers/ They have the same great taste as our old time favourite only probably more enjoyable for children as they don’t get stuck in your teeth.
Squashies are available from retailers such as Asda, Sainsbury’s and Co-op and come in 160g bags for RRP £1.49 and handy 45g bags for RRP 45p.
There is a Squashies app which is available to download for free if you would like to have a look (Emmy’s daddy was rather taken with in and was at one point seen hogging the iPad and playing along) – you can download it over at www.squashiesworld.com
Disclosure – we received a day out with travel expenses paid for this event as well as a goodie bag and as many sweets as we could eat – all thoughts and opinions are my own.